In my ears Bloodshot Dawn doesn’t sound British at all. Is the time when British metal lead the way over now?
-FOR ME BRITISH HEAVY METAL IS THE ORIGIN OF WHICH INFINATE SUB GENRES WERE CREATED, NOWADAYS WITHIN THE METAL COMMUNITY I DONT THINK THERE IS SUCH A COMPETITION OF WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE BEST AS THERE IS SO MUCH OUT THERE. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO MAKE SUCH A STATEMENT. 50 YEARS AGO MAYBE..
Where do you guys draw most of your inspiration from?
-AS A BAND WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT INFLUENCES AND SHARED INPUT INTO PUTTING THE SONGS TOGETHER. I WOULD SAY MELODIC DEATH METAL IS OUR PRODOMINANT INFLUENCE FROM BANDS SUCH AS SCAR SYMMETRY, IN FLAMES AND ARCH ENEMY. THE BAND CROSSOVER INTO MORE THRASH AND DEATH INFLUENCES FROM BANDS SUCH AS DECAPITATED,TESTAMENT AND DEW SCENTED. I GUESS IN A WAY WE DRAW INSPIRATION FROM MERGING ALL OUR INFLUENCES INTO ONE AND MAKING IT OUR OWN, TRYING TO PUSH THE SONGS TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY.
In releasing an album on your own what advantages do you expect to get from doing it this way?
-WE FELT THAT SELF RELEASE WAS THE BEST WAY TO RAISE OUR PROFILE INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR A LABEL TO PICK US UP. WE WANTED TO FUND THE RELEASE OURSELVES, PR WORK AND TOURING OFFOUR OWN BACK IN AN EFFORT TO SHOW THE INDUSTRY WE ARE WILLING TO GIVE EVERYTHING IN THIS CUT THROAT TIME. WE CONTINUE TO SEEK LABEL SUPPORT FOR FUTURE ENDEVEOURS THAT THE BAND PLAN TO TAKE!
How hard are you promoting the album? Any special tricks to get it out to as many as possible?
-WE HAVE TAKEN A FEW PATHS IN PROMOTING THE CD, NATURALLY WE HAVE USED GIGGING AND SOCIAL NETWORKING TO PROMOTE THE ALBUM. WE HAVE ALSO DECIDED TO RELEASE THE ALBUM FOR FREE WITH SUBSCRIBERS COPIES OF TERRORIZER MAGAZINE FOR THE APRIL ISSUE. WE WILL ALSO HAVE A TRACK ON THE COVERMOUNT CD FOR ALL OTHER COPIES! WE HAVE DONE THIS TO GET DIRECTLY TO THE FANS. THE ALBUM IS ALSO FREE TO STREAM IN FULL ON OUR BANDCAMP PAGE (http://www.bloodshotdawn.bandcamp.com) TO GIVE PEOPLE A TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! IF YOU LIKEIT YOU BUY IT… SIMPLE.
How hard is it to promote an album in this day and age when people seem to be more interested in songs than albums? When did this change, when did the album die out?
-IT IS OBVIOUSLY VERY DIFFICULT TO GET YOUR MUSIC OUT THERE NOWADAYS. I AM NOT SURE WHEN EXACTLY THE CD “DIED” BUT I DONT FEEL ITS SIGNIFICANCE IS COMPLETELY GONE. LIKE ALL WAYS OF LIFE WE AS MUSICIANS AND INDUSTRY FOLK MUST ADAPT TO THE NEW ENVIROMENT OF THE DOWNLOAD CULTURE AND ITS THE BANDS THAT WORK HARDEST WHICH WILL SURVIVE. SITES LIKE BANDCAMP REALLY HAVE THE RIGHT IDEA, LOOKING OUT FOR THE MUSICIANS INTEREST AT ALL TIMES, FOR INDEPENDANT ARTIST THIS IS THE FUTURE!
I must say that I’m pretty impressed by the whole album layout. It looks like a million quid. How do you go about getting something like that done?
-WELL WE SIMPLY LOOKED AT SOME ARTWORK WE FELT WAS TOP LEVEL OF SOME FAMILIAR BANDS AND CONTACTED THE CREATOR OF THE PIECES. PAR OLOFSON WAS OUR MAN AND THIS WAS HIS VISION OF A BLOODSHOT DAWN. OBVIOUSLY WE WERE DELIGHTED WITH HIS WORK SO WE LET HIM GO CRAZY AND HAD A FULL BOOKLETS WORTH OF UNIQUE ART CREATED! MY ADVICE IS TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN CHOOSING THE ARTIST WHO WILL BEST POTRAY YOUR IDEAS ONTO PAPER!
In being part of a new generation of British metal bands does it ever feel like the fate of the whole British metal scene lays on you succeeding?
THE BRITISH METAL SCENE IS NOT BASED ON THE BANDS WITHIN IT BUT THE FANS! WITHOUT THEM THERE WOULD BE NO BANDS! THERE ARE MANY HIDDEN GEMS ON OUR LITTLE ISLAND IF YOU JUST LOOK HARD ENOUGH!
Do you feel that you are part of any new British metal scene? What constitute a scene?
IN MY OPINION A SCENE IS A STATE OF MIND, WHY SHOULD ONE PERSONS TASTE AND STYLE DICTATE THEY CAN ONLY LIKE ONE KIND OF MUSIC GO TO ONLY THE SAME GENRE OF GIG EACH TIME? FOR ME THE UK GIG CIRCUIT IS VERY DIVERSE YOU CAN SEE DIFFERENT FACES EVERYTIME PLAY THE SAME PLACE BUT TO A DIFFERENT ROOM OF PEOPLE. WE ARE PART OF COLLECTIVE OF METAL BANDS, SCENE IS NOT A WORD I WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE THE MIX OF BANDS CURRENTLY RISING IN THE UK.
How much blood, sweat and tears are you prepared to shed for the band to succeed?
-THE BAND SPENT 18 MONTHS MOLDING THE CD TILL COMPLETION AND HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY SELF PROMOTING TOURING AND MORE SINCE THEN, AND WE DONT INTEND TO STOP! FOR ME PERSONALLY THIS BAND IS MORE THAN MUSIC IT’S A LIFESTYLE AND AS STRESSFUL AND HARD AS IT IS I WOULD NOT CHANGE IT!
What are you doing to get the band onto the European summer festival circuit because it is there that I see you having the greatest potential reaching new fans.
-AS THE BAND HAVE NO LABEL BACKING OUR ONLY HOPE FOR NOW IS TO APPLY FOR THE FESTIVALS THE GOOD OLD FASION WAY WITH A PRESS PACK AND ALBUM! WE HOPE TO GET OUT TO EUROPE BY THE END OF 2012, WE ARE PRIMED AND READY TO MELT SOME EURO FACE!