DREAM PATROL is an international band in that the members live all over the place. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
ELI -When I began recording the vocals it was for an audition. I recorded 3 tracks. They liked them and told me the job was mine. I then received another song as each one was recorded and ready for vocal tracking. It was a fun process and hearing each new song was very exciting.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
ELI -This recording is different from anything else I’ve done in the past. I stepped out of my power metal zone into the Blues – Hard Rock genre. It has been so much fun and I’m happy with this new side of things.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
ELI -Absolutely! I feel like this is just scratching the surface of what Dream Patrol is fully capable of in the future.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
RONNIE: To me, it is important. I have heard music, that I thought, was killed by bad lyrics and I have heard music, that was not very impressive, but it was the lyrics, that made it special. I think the best thing is, when good music goes along with good lyrics. I like positive lyrics, that I can relate to. I like to imagine and believe, that there is a real human being with a life story behind them.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
RONNIE: I think it depends on the genre. There are music genres, where the artwork is 100% irrelevant, but there are genres, where the artwork is absolutely crucial. Like for example all these fantasy, epic metal bands with concept albums. For those bands, you either have an epic album cover or you can forget about it. I think hard rock is somewhere in the middle of the road, when it comes to the artwork
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
RONNIE: Even if you put Germany into that special category you mentioned, I still think, there are quite many exceptions to it. But if you really want to make this case, I would look at the lyrics and the accents of the singers. Let’s put it this way: some countries are on average better in English than others. Yes, there are famous bands, that sing in non-English languages, but they are an exception to the “thou shall sing in English” rule.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
FILIP: In my opinion, you definitely need to have your own face and style, which people can recognize anytime they hear your music. From my point of view, this is at the core of being successful today.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
FILIP: We are an international band, we do not have any local scene. Eli is from US, Ronnie from Austria, I am from Slovakia and Radim from Czech republic. It is very difficult to pick which one is our local scene
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
FILIP: I can tell Slovakia is not perfect example of metal country like Finland or so. We have very little metal scene here with almost no space for melodic metal genres and metal is definitely underground here. But I really don’t agree that metal is a genre left in the stone age. It is still a genre with big progress and huge influence on many people.
What does the future hold for you?>
FILIP: Time will tell. We are going to record some videos with DP and we are really looking forward to see what impact will our debut album have on our potential fans. When there will be demand, we want to start playing also live gigs together to promote our debut.