AMULET

In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with AMULET. Answers from Marek.Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It was very easy, it was just obviously the right name for the band. It came super fast after a joke name of HGV was spun around.

The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-They can do what they want? They should buy it if they listen to it and like it. Personally I think we have one of the most original, varied and honest sounds out there. We have great riffs and real songs too. But I’m biased, why don’t you tell me?

Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-No idea mate!

When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-Yes, the idea was simply to do an honest, no bullshit British Heavy Metal band with great riffs and songs. Not slavishly copying anyone and just being ourselves based on our influences. It came totally
naturally. Song writing is not always easy however, that varies and takes time.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Personally I love Heavy Metal so I guess there is that. But no, not really, we are band against the world. All music is powerful and a movement of sorts I suppose.

When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I have very varied tastes with covers. This album was going to be a picture of the band on the cover originally but we ended up with a more classic and detailed painted image. A great album cover is one
that suits the music and is highly detailed so stimulating to look at when you listen to the album. Somewhere in Time is the obvious example of that. I think we achieved that here.

I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think Digital has already completely re-structured the music industry already. It seems pretty healthy using other methods to recoup revenue. There is certainly very little money in it for us, but
I think it’s pretty much stabilised now after the digital revolution 10 years ago.

Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-It’s tough unless you have a good agent or connections doing much touring. Especially if you have a job. Hard to comment. Festivals are great for bands like us as you can play to a lot of people over a
weekend. We want more gigs so please get in touch, we’re tasty live!

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Happening and party are the same thing to me. We just try and give off a lot of energy and good vibes whilst playing well. We’re pretty wild on stage sometimes in our own British way, especially if you give us lots of beer.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We’re excited to play as much as possible and have already started writing the next album which we hope to get out soon. We’re all pulling in the same direction and having a good time so hopefully
things will move in our favour and we can increase our fanbase and support. Until we drop!

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