AS NIGHT FALLS

AS NIGHT FALLS IS A Polish metal band that deserves your attention. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce us to the band?
-We are syphonic metal band from Katowice, Poland. The band is almost 5 years old now, we will have our anniversary soon. For all this time, we were creating and playing music with the same people, but recently there was a first change in our lineup, on a bassist position. We are composing our own music, write our own lyrics, but we also have some covers in our live set. We draw an inspiration from the bigest bands in our genre, but also in other types of music. So far, we have released 2 EPs and two videos. Right now, we are preparing a new material for our first LP.

What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-Forming a sound is a long and complicated process, involving both human and gear aspects. Since we all have similar musical inspirations, the crucial thing for us was to adjust to each other, to make something solid and consistent. There was a lot of things going on with the gear, the tuning, getting the right sound. The process continues, as a part of our evolution, but we do hear much progress with every new song we make.

How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Well, it depends on what you want to achieve, really. If it’s just a demo or EP only for promotional purpouses, we try to do it in the easiest and cheaper way possible. Our first EP, for exaple, was recorded only by ourselves. The video was shot by our friend, and produced by our vocalist’s brother. If it comes to a LP, we will definitely put more effort and resources to it. As for releasing, the internet media makes it easy nowadays. But also makes it less profitable. Our both EPs are available both in physical and electronical versions.

Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-I pretty much answered this question in a previous one, didn’t I? 😉 Well yes, it is easier now. But like I said, it has it flows. The less recognized bands earn nothing or close to nothing with this method. But on the other hand, much more people can hear you. I personally think, that every band needs to find the right balance here.

If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-We do both things simultaneously, so there is no problem then.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-A very good response, actually. We were suprised that so many people are so enthusiastic about our music. We usually attract a different groups of people than a “typical” metal band, since the lack of harsh vocals makes our music more accessible. There were many people who don’t listen to metal music at all, but who liked our songs very much. Also it seems, that symphonic metal is very popular in America and Asia, because many people from those places have heard our music and liked it very much.

We live in a world were thete are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-There was this guy from Japan, who wrote us an e-mail, saying that he would like to purchase our EP to play it in the club he owns. So sent him a CD via a post, and waited a good two weeks for it. We hope it was worth and that his clients are happy with it 🙂

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity plsying in a metal band?
-Yes and no. It all depends on how you look at it. As a musicians, we are obviously a part of something bigger, call it a scene, a market, a culture. On the other hand, we are trying to go our own way. Metal is a very broad term. Unfortunatelly, it is devided, and there always people who say that this is “more” metal than something else. So yes, we do feel as a part of a metal society, but we try to create our own way within it.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is basically something you become a musican for. Writing songs, rehersing, recording – it is a fascinating process, but it all only leads you to a stage. We love playing live, meet people, share our emotions with them. We always try to do our best live, and I think people appreciate this. And watching a band perform live builds much stronger relationship than listening to it on radio or internet.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We are now writing new songs for our first LP. We are also in the middle of making our new video. And as always, we are trying to play as many shows as possible.

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