As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with CELTIC HILLS. Jonathan Vanderbilt: vocal, guitars answers. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
JV – When the old metalheads of the first guard decide to return to play after decades they do it mainly for fun and so it happened in 2008
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?
JV – Many may think that the sound only depends on the equipment used by a musician, but what sets a band apart is the touch! The way a musician plays really makes a difference
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
JV – There are 3 fundamental elements: harmony. the melody and a good text. Personally I try to experiment with new harmonic solutions that lead me to discover and write new songs.
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?
JV – Music was an art form, today it has become just an entertainment product, that’s what the record label business decided! A true artist does not think about business, but about art and therefore has to think about the long term and not just about writing seasonal songs.
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?
JV – When I buy a CD it remains my property even if I have to invest some money. Streaming music will never be mine and it could happen that one day it disappears and I won’t be able to listen to it anymore. There is another aspect to consider (and this is what will make the difference) that very often playlists are proposed where someone else decides for me what is best for me to listen! It is I who decide what I want to listen to, I decide which genre, which artist I want to listen to. I don’t want to play for a flock of sheep listening to mainstream music, I want a fan base of aware and intelligent people with their own personality! The true artist does not follow the trend: he creates it
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention
JV – At first, especially in reviews, they couldn’t label us, but now that’s a strong point because we’re different from what you can already hear from other bands. We have the merit of being genuine. No looks built to be poser. , in the lyrics we tell things that surround our life .. things that those who have their own personality appreciate
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
JV – The staff behind the band (label, management, press office) are people we have never met in person, only online. This is great because it has allowed us to find the best people for us all over the world without taking the plane
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?
JV – Celtic Hills have a message to spread and this has created a community that interacts directly with the band, including through social media and whatsapp messages. This is two-way because I’m also a fan of other bands and I exchange ideas, opinions too. not only music makes you feel alive!
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
JV – Live music has vital vibes that are irreplaceable! Feel this exchange of energies and strengthen human contact between people! It makes you feel good and when a situation causes well-being you always try to replicate it. I think bands with a lot of fans are the ones that give these positive emotions
What plans do you have for the future?
JV – We are already working on the new album which will be ready by the end of the year. Also, after hosting Germana Noage who sang EDEN on the Mystai Keltoy album, I’m writing her solo album