The history of rock/metal has seen a number of really influential female artist but we don’t see enough of them, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Doro. Perhaps BETH BLADE will be added to that list too. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Beth Blade (Vocals/Guitars) – The purpose of it really has always been to make kick ass hard rock music. For the most part music for me is an escape from reality. We don’t take ourselves too seriously so we are here to play the music we love, rock out and have a good time and hopefully make others want to do the same!
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
BB – As a band we wear our influences on our sleeves and I don’t think it’s a bad thing and I think it would be hard not to. It’s impossible to be completely original these days. When I write a song I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, I just let it come naturally. So if I’m working on a song that is very riff based like Led Zeppelin or Thin Lizzy my own attitude and style seeps in to give everything a fresh twist. Our sound owes a lot to the classic rock bands we love but we have enough modern influences that it kind of melds into a sound of our own.
3. I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
BB – As far as the creative process I write about 90% of the songs alone. Me and Nick who plays bass collaborate too as he has a real gift for writing heavy riffs. I write most days and have a backlog of songs that I would love to record and get out there but when it comes to getting them professionally recorded and released it takes a lot of time, effort and money which is why we used pledge music to help fund the creation of this album.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
BB – Technology really has changed how we produce and consume music. The market still follows the model of we release single after single and then the album and then we tour for 2 years and then start the process all over again. So on the level of major artists and bands nothing has really changed other than most sales happen digitally however on our level you are saturated with bands putting songs out that they’ve recorded at home. Everyone can make music from their laptop and whilst I won’t say it’s a completely bad thing we prefer to do things more old school which is why we wanted to go into a real studio with a real producer to make a record the old fashioned way.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
BB – I agree. People have forgotten that music holds value. Personally, I couldn’t live without the music that I love so why would I ever expect to have it for free. Bands have to eat and so many are breaking up and calling it quits because they can’t afford to keep touring and earn a living. Luckily we now have platforms like pledge music and patreon that let you find your crowd and connect with your fans on a one to one level, cutting out the middle man. You can create music with them being involved in the whole process and whilst it takes the mystery away it gets people involved and invested in you and your band. Crowdfunding and patronship is definitely going to play a part in the future of the music industry.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
BB – We are really lucky that we’ve had such a positive response in general. Maybe not the most attention but the biggest response we get is when we play live. Too many bands just stand there and don’t talk to their audience. We get comments all the time about how it’s nice to see that we put on a show and actually speak to the crowd and get them involved. It’s also always amazing to me when there are younger kids at our shows and they come and tell me that they want to be in a band like me, sometimes it makes me tear up!
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
BB – For the pledge music campaign, we had orders from 10 different countries and 3 different continents which is just mind boggling! Even some in Australia. The most surprising however would be a fan of ours who found us on twitter who is from Iran. He had to download us illegally because a lot of bands in our genre are banned from sale over there. It just goes to prove that rock music has no limits!
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
BB – Absolutely! The sense of community and belonging is unreal. Coming from a kid that was bullied for being weird and liking bands who wore makeup and high heels, music has really allowed me to become the person I am. The rock and metal community is so accepting and supportive of the individual. A lot of our fans who come to our shows are people I actually count as friends. We all have each others backs and look after one another. Without music I wouldn’t have that.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
BB – Playing live is the ultimate high for me and is the best way to build your fan based. Even if you are playing to 10 people in a tiny pub you should be giving your all because you never know how you might effect someone. We play as much as possible and touring is really important to us. There’s only so much you can do through a screen!
What plans do you have for the future?
BB – World domination! Haha! We have some festival shows lined up over summer and are hoping to play in Europe at some point this year as well as doing some UK tours. On top of that we are hoping to get back in the studio at the end of this year and really just continue to make and play the music we love. The dream is to play Wembley Arena in London and amazing festivals like Download and Sweden Rock so we have some hard work ahead of us to get there!