I gotta say that I have totally missed out on this band even though they were formed in 1981, until now that is. BLACK HAWK have that old Accept vibe to them that I like. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Finding the right name is always difficult, it not only has to fit the band, it also has to be meaningful. In our case, the name already existed before I joined the band. Of course we identify with him, every one of us carries him with pride. The band name is of course always important, it must be clearly understandable, easy to remember and memorize. Because the name is the figurehead of every band.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band
-The metal scene of the 80s has shaped me significantly, as you can easily hear. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Rainbow and many more have inspired me and still do today. You can hear the style of the 80s in our Songs and that is what distinguishes us.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Metal is metal, no matter how fast you play or sing, of course the lyrics get softer with slower songs, but then I don’t really have to rethink.
Of course, everything has to be carefully coordinated and arranged, but after all these years of experience, it runs almost automatically.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
(laughs) -Our music always works, whether it’s a small club or a big festival.
Of course everything sounds different on a big open air stage, but that’s what makes it special, in a small club it is contemplative and personal, but our music always reaches the fans, no matter in which environment.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-Is there a musician who is always 100% satisfied with his albums? With us it was a long way until everything was exactly as we wanted it to be, but it worked. Yes, of course, I notice a few things afterwards, but I love the new album and it’s just right the way it is.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-So of course we mostly use Facebook and YouTube, but we also have our website and are on some online platforms.
We also have active support from our label and friends and are very well connected with our fans.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-It just has to match the album, it doesn’t do anything if daisies are shown and the album is about the trip to hell. In addition, it just has to be the killer, look good and be meaningful.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Yes, in any case! We have had the experience that the German metal scene sticks together, especially in the current crisis, this cohesion is of course essential for new bands, beginners and everyone who wants to have something to do with the scene.
Black Hawk is an integral part of the local metal scene and I think we would actually be missed if we shouldn’t be there anymore.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-Times change and we change with them. It should be noted that the fans very often prefer to be online, but we have adapted and are active on our platforms.
Of course, this will continue to develop, but there will also be times when people are increasingly drawn to concerts instead of live streams.
Everything old will come back into fashion at some point, that will never change.
What does the future hold?
-We will see that, hopefully that we will continue to enjoy the music, continue to have live gigs and then new albums again.