There used to be a time when every other band that came my way seemed to be Finnish. I’ve been out of touch with this side for a while but it doesn’t seem to have slowed down much. CRIMSON SUN are proof of that. © 2015 Anders Ekdahl
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-In my opinion band’s name is important. It should give a hint about band’s music and should be easy to remember.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-My dad sang and has been playing guitar as long as I can remember, and my sisters used to play piano. So I have been around music from the very young age. What really made me want to be in a band was when my dad bought me my first electric guitar, amplifier and Wolf Marshall’s guitar book. The guitar book included a cassette where you could jam along and really learn stuff.
What is your definition of the metal you play?
-We usually describe it as modern melodic metal.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-I just grab a guitar and begin to jam. Sometimes I put some drum groove on the background and try to create riffs that adapt to that groove. I like to compose song as far as possible and after that we make adjustments with the whole band.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Sometimes along jamming I create guitar riffs that I really dig and that really “sets the fire” to create a full song of it. Other times I may watch some music documentary, read a book or just watch live shows and it makes me want to jam.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-These thing are really important. Every band wants a recognizable logo and artwork. For example we used a ton of time with our debut album’s artwork with our graphic designer (what kind of pictures, colors, fonts etc.)
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working wúith digital than working with physical?
-If we are talking about how to distribute music, then yes, digital work environment really brings a lot of new options. Newmusic iseasily accessible to all and many artists are found, for example, by Spotify or YouTube.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-I don’t know if there is really any limitations, since almost everything can be done by yourself, from the composing to releasing a master.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-There is definitely demand for music like ours. Some people find, for example, similarities between our music and Amaranthe’s. Just look how huge band they have become in short time period. Female fronted metal bands are popping up like mushrooms, so in my opinion, only the most recognizable will succeed. We are doing our best to create “our kind of music”.
What does the future hold?
-A lot of new music, gigs and hopefully fans!