The Chilean band Aisles has become a name associated with quality: through the last few years, many publications from different places in the world have praised their albums and their live shows. “Hawaii”, their last record, released on July, 2016 through Presagio Records, was featured in Prog magazine as one of the best albums of the year, as Neoprog (France) called it “a masterpiece”. Chilean specialized media like rock magazine Rockaxis, the website Chilean Skies and the most prestigious rock radio in the country, Futuro, also chose it as one of the best records of 2016. That media support was essential to tour cities like London, Paris, Mexico City and Chicago, and, in Santiago, Aisles opened for Marillion and Focus. We have the honor to talk with them. What they say, read in the lines below…
Hi! I’m so glad I got an opportunity to talk to you. And first of all, would you like to say something about Aisles so the MJM readers might know why I have such a great honor?
Aisles is a band that was formed in 2003 but it wasn’t until 2005 when we released “The Yearning” our first album, that all started to take shape. The initial line up had two keyboard players and two guitar players so we had the chance to experiment with a lot of harmonies and many of us could sing, so that was something that we would use in our music for the years to come. We’ve had a few lineup changes, we’ve released four studio albums and we’ve seen the growth of our audience every year. We have evolved over the years and it’s been very gratifying to be part of something in which we feel absolutely free to do want we want. We’ve always wanted our music to be a vehicle of expression and that is the essence of the band.
Your last studio album “Hawaii” is one of the most famous concept albums and the biggest success in your career. Also, this is your fourth album and we can hear a combination of many great styles on it, but in the Metal, or even Rock world, is well known “first four” syndrome. Do you have any plans for the next release and will it be strikingly different?
Thank you, that’s right, “Hawaii” has been a great step for us in our career, and we don’t know about the fourth album syndrome, but actually our fifth album will be quite different from “Hawaii”.
When we started writing music for our next album we were very decided to do something exceptional, but we didn’t want to be tempted to repeat what we did in “Hawaii”, just because it worked, and it had such good response from fans and critics. So here we are in the middle of the process of defining what our next work will be like.
You played gigs all around the world… How does it feel to play away from home for the first time?
The feeling is wonderful, we do what we do because we love doing it and because we reach many people’s lives. When we see that our music is reaching more people in different countries of the world, we have a very rewarding experience. It’s my personal childhood dream come true.
Can you explain Prog scene in Chile?
There are some very good classic bands like Los Jaivas and Congreso and there is a wave of younger good Prog bands like Zet, Tryo, Tephiret among others.
Creativity in your music is evident, moreover you did an excellent job on a new album… What is your formula?
Being able to adjust the formula every time is something that keep us fresh and we try to surprise ourselves every time we make a record. Even more important than that it is trying to be very honest with ourselves and seeing the band as a vehicle of expression of what we really feel.
Prog evolved from early 70’s to great mix of influences nowadays. How does it work since you have a great mixture of styles?
We always say that we try to be Prog but in the broader sense of the word, allowing us to experiment and take a different road from what those bands from the 70’s took. For us if it is Prog it’s because it’s free from boundaries of style and genre. What you say is true, our music is nurtured by many influences that’s why it sounds so eclectic at times.
Can we expect some European dates soon?
In 2018 we will be focused in the production of our fifth studio album, but 2019 will be a touring year and for sure there will be many European dates and we hope we can include Croatia because we have never been to eastern Europe. Of course it will depend on the interest of the promoters, but we would be so happy to visit Croatia for the first time.
Your EP “Live From Estudio Del Sur” was released on August 2, 2018. How the Prog world reacted on it?
So far it’s been great, we haven’t released anything since “Hawaii” in 2016, so our fans were eager to hear something from us and reactions have been amazing, and it just came out so reactions are still to come. This is our first live release. One of the tracks is a reworked version of “Shallow and Daft” from “4:45 AM”; also “Clouds Motion” from “The Yearning”, which has no record of a live performance with our drummer Felipe Candia. The other two tracks, “Still Alive” and “Club Hawaii” are fundamental songs from our concept album “Hawaii” and it’s very interesting to hear the live feel of these songs. Many people love the live sound of the band and for me the most interesting thing about our “Live From Estudio Del Sur” EP is that it was all filmed live and everyone can see these live sessions on our official You Tube Channel, so we encourage everyone to go to youtube.com/aislesproject and check them out!
When we can expect your next release?
If everything goes according to plan, the first semester of 2019 the album should be out in the world. It doesn’t have a name yet and we are right in the middle of the creative process. All we can say is that we’re really enjoying the process so it will be great!
Your message for MJM readers is…
Keep listening to Rock and Metal and if you haven’t listened to Aisles yet you have to do it right away!
It was nice to talk with you and I hope to see you somewhere around as soon as possible!
Thank you for this opportunity to talk about our music.