AIR RAID is one of these bands that I have been aware of for some time but never really checked out, Until now. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
ANDREAS: My vision for Air Raid hasn’t changed at all since the day I started the band. From the beginning me and Johan
(ex Guitarist) wanted to play classic Heavy Metal, straight from the heart.
We don’t follow any trends, we just play exactly what we want, and I think we have a unique sound among all other young bands.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
ANDREAS: No it really doesn’t matter at all in this type of Heavy Metal I think. People only listen to the music!
Though I can believe it makes a difference if you play within the mainstream genres!

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
ROB: Its always great to get good feedback and our previous releases received alot of it, which we are very grateful for. But we never really take the feedback in consideration when writing a new album. The inspiration comes from what we feel at the moment.
I think the Air Raid sound is unique and thats a very important part for us. When the fans hear the songs, and they hear its Air Raid, but in a fresh and developed way, thats the combination we want.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
ANDREAS: I think It’s really important to be in a good mindset. Some people write best when they are sad or angry, but this doesn’t work for me. I need to be totally focused with no interruptions. Therefore I literally shut off the outside world when composing, no phone etc.
When I feel the inspiration coming, I know I have a limited time to get hold of it, so I go with the flow straight away. I can’t really explain how I write, it’s different every time. It might start with a melody I hear in my head, a riff, or a drum rhythm. It’s very diffuse, and I guess it’s the reason why not everyone can write good songs hehe!

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
ROB: Well I guess what you get with an analogue recording is a smoother flowing soundwave and a way higher studio bill haha. No but we have never done an analogue reel recording just simply because the digital technology is so easy to work with and extremelly high in resolution, its not necessary.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
ROB: The process of every album is insanely damanding and hard. But when the final master is delivered and you can sit down with the guys and listen to it after a few days with fresh ears,
its a great feeling. We dont really read alot of reviews or so but as long as we are happy (and we really are with ACROSS THE LINE) and our fans enjoy what we put out, its all good.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
ROB: They are important for shure, even though I personally listen to the music more way more than the lyrics. When me and Andreas write the lyrics, we want the listener to be able to relate to our stories and themes. We try to keep the texts down to earth and we often write about what we have experienced ourselves, both on and of the road. The songs come to life in a really nice way when you as a listener can put your own perspective on them.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
ROB: Normally you see something before you hear it, so the cover is essential when it comes to giving the listener a hint of what’s to come.
It’s also important that the cover catch your attention when you see it next to other designs. On our new album ACROSS THE LINE we choose to go away
from the current trend of having a painted artwork and went back to the classic band photo cover with the metallic logo, i think it turned out great.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
ANDREAS: Absolutely, we see that our fanbase has been increasing heavily for every year. It’s really cool to come back to places we’ve been before and not only see familiar faces, but also many new Raiders!

What do you see in the future?
ROB: I see development in the band as we take the next step forward, and that the name Air Raid will be spread wider across the globe. I also see a strong heavy metal scene growing bigger with each fan joining in and with all the die-hard people giving it all they’ve got to pull off great festivals, concerts and releases.

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