There are so many cool bands out there to discover. BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT being one. Answers from Sunny….. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of rock/metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name came from us tossing around a bunch of ideas back-and-forth for a long period of time. It took us about a month to finally come up with something that we all liked and agreed-upon, we finally landed on BlackWater HolyLight and thought it was really fitting for us, we all liked it so we just decided to go with it! It wasn’t really about coming up with a name that explains what kind of music we play it was just about coming up with something that we could identify with and we enjoyed.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We’ve met a lot of new people by just playing shows out in her community and just talking with other people that also play music, and people that ask us about the band will usually say that it’s heavy psych and if people are interested in that sound they can come see us or find us online!
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The biggest influence on our sound for me has just been listening to all types of new metal, doom, heavy psych, grunge and sludge music that I’ve never really heard of before. I’ve kind of got a new found love for metal in my heart so it’s been fun to explore this and learn about new music and new tones and transpose it into my own thing and my own music and my own tone.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Where we live in Portland we are extremely fortunate to be a part of a very loving and nurturing music community. It is full of many many different people and many many different kinds of bands but we all show up for each other and support each other and play with each other. It’s a very special thing that I think is kind of unique to Portland because it so saturated with so many people and sounds. It’s not like we all just play metal or we all just play pop music is everyone doing everything and we all support each other through it. It’s been really important and big part of this band for sure.
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?
-I definitely think that there’s some really incredible power in playing music. It is especially true for us as we are in all-female band in a male-dominated industry for one, and for two a pretty male dominated genre. I think that we all feed off of each other and give each other power to just stand up and do were doing even though we know that there are challenges that lie ahead of us. We’re just trying to be ourselves and play music and put out the message that if you are a woman, femme or non-binary person and you want to do something that mostly men do, that you can stand up and you can do it with the power of the thousand lions.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-It’s a tough question! I guess any imagery that flows with the sound of the band Weather it be an illustration a photo or anything else as long as it makes sense and isn’t just something completely random it will work!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I mean the Internet killed music in the 90s this is an anything new. But I’ll definitely say it’s been really amazing to watch a come back in the vinyl seen in the last 10 or so years. I know there’s lots of places in the world that it didn’t completely diminish but sadly there are places in the world that it did completely diminish and physical music is kind of squeezing its way back into a lot of peoples lives. It’s a really good thing and it’s really good for artists!
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-All the shows that we’ve played so far have been really amazing! It’s always full face is new and old and we always appreciate the opportunity to play for people that we love and also meet new friends!
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We always like to have fun but we take our music really seriously and want to perform well. All this hard work and practice would be really pointless if you got to show and just looked at is at a party and didn’t give a shit about what your live sound was like. Watching people play music is a journey and it’s an experience and you have to provide that journey and experience for people and be professional even though you are having a really good time. It’s important to me that when we play shows we sound good.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-I just want to make another album and hopefully tour this current one as much as we can. My biggest dream is just to play as many places as we can and travel and be able to connect with people all over the world. Also just recording good albums that show we have grown and are fun for us to make!