ARCHANGE is a cool French melodic hardrock band that I enjoy thoroughly every time I play their latest album. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-Archange was born in the early 80’s, we all went on to play with different bands for years and after all these years we started a new project hiring musicians and at some point we all got together. Since we had to find a name, we thought Archange was just bloody obvious !
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I think it all starts when you’re a teenager and fancy becoming one of your idols. You play air guitar with a tennis racket or lip synch in front of the mirror to the sound of your favorite tune. Quickly you realize that can help meeting girls and then you’ve got a friend who start learning an instrument and you think you could try as well and then you start leaving your dream really !
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-Yeah…well… we’are skint mate !! Not only we don’t earn money but it cost us an arm as we finance everything !! promo, recording, travel. We do get paid expenses but that won’t make much of a living you know what I mean ? But hey ? who knows ? maybe one day ???
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-We’re not in it for the money you know. If you start wondering about it, I reckon it’s best to go to the bookmaker and put your cash on the first crowbait (horse !) It’s not a waste of time definitely, and as far as I m concerned we really enjoy being together, making music and meeting people !
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-The picture of a band who played real good music and played great gigs, cool festivals and who had loads of fun doing it I guess ?
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-Nowadays, technologies has helped musicians recording and sharing their music in a significant manner ! It’ a good thing because a day in a studio cost a lot ! Pressing CD’s, promo travel etc all that business cost shit load so if you can save money from the recording part it’all the better ! Besides, it helps you for experiencing new stuffs, or long distance working. Still, technology won’t make your song a hit if it’s crap…it’s crap !!! Ok I agree, sometimes it does and they earn shit loads but like I said above, we’re not in it for the money !!!
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-As you may have (or will) notice, we’re all in our 40’s or late 40’s so we try to stick to our age and stay natural. Besides, we are more of a Hard Rock band. Not quite Metal in fact ! But that’s also something that gets into account ! maybe we can improve on that point !
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-Lyrics are about women/men relationships and their whereabouts, you know, we’re definitely into that 80’s early 90’s spirit and we don’t intend to preach or deliver messages ! Just fun and pleasure into our music really …
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-It doesn’t make any difference ! both are enjoyable, only the goal differs !
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-Touring ? damn right !!!! It is every musicians goal to play music in front of a good crowd and on great stages. Stories on the road ??? not yet, but hang on when we start touring and promo for the album !! We’ve got schedules and soon we’ll plenty to tell !!!! All that I can say is that one member is a prankster and needs no one to raise havoc !!! I can’t give name, sorry lads !
What does the future hold?
-We just shot a video that be available soon, some gigs are on the way or awaiting confirmation and we’ve 11 – 11- already started working on the next record with now a proper crew that will help us to take a step further. It’s bloody exciting if you ask me ! It’s gonna be a lot of fun !