BLUE DAWN are back with a new album, relatively speaking. Since I didn’t interview them back when it was released I better do so now. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Enrico Lanciaprima – We’ re basically a band that tries to combine the sound of seventies bands like Black Sabbath, with heavier and doomier bands like Celtic Frost. Our aim is to be unpredictable and keep the listener always interested, as our music is varied and changes constantly, mainly because we like to experiment and to push ourselves to go onwards, musically speaking.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music
EL – Not too hard, I had the idea of something a bit mysterious and evocative and Blue Dawn to me sounds just like that, the guys liked it immediately as we think it represents our music very well.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
EL – We are influenced by a lot of different things, but in particular seventies Hard rock bands like Sabbath, B.O.C., Zeppelin but also Art rock groups like King Crimson, Roxy Music, Van Der Graaf Generator.. the seventies were great because there were no boundaries in music, these bands weren’t afraid of experiment and neither are we. Our sound is heavy dark and experimental, so if we talk about modern bands, we are certainly inspired by Triptykon, Tool, Voivod, groups with a heavy sound, but also a progressive side to their music.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
EL – We had already clear in our minds what kind of sound we wanted, something dark and mysterious, so we chose the name accordingly.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
EL – Not really, it’s like in the early sixties when bands primarily released singles, but at the time you could sell a lot records, these days it’s more important to have a good video out with a lot of likes to reach many people, that’ s why many bands release single songs. Basically you release an album to promote a tour, not the opposite, like it used to be.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
EL – We pay a lot of attention to art work, personally I love visual arts like paintings and comic books, so we always work a lot on covers and booklets for our albums. For the last album, “Edge of Chaos”, we worked with Simona della Bella, an interesting and very peculiar italian artist who works with watches gears and made the front and back covers for the record.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way
EL – It changed a lot, we use social media like every band at the moment, the world has changed. We just use every kind of tool to promote our music, social medias, promo packages, interviews, live shows.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
EL – Yes, we feel like we are part of a big community, the metal community in particular is something special, ther’s rivalry of course, but also unity and a sense of doing something important that appeals to a lot of people and going against the grain, especially in this hystorical moment, when rock in general and not just metal, has gone back with being very underground all over the world.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
EL – It’ s still the best way to spread the word, but it’s not easy these days to tour a lot, there’ s little money out there. Anyway, we’ re playing live in Italy at the moment and we hope to do something in Europe later this year or the next, our agent is working on it, so if some promoters are reading this..

What will the future bring?
EL – As I just said, we’ll play live a lot to support the album and we’ re currently also working on new music, next year will be our tenth anniversary, so we’ d like to release something to celebrate it.

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