With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DRAGONSFIRE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
Matt: You are absolutely right, choosing a band name is a hard decision. But at the end, it was a very “logical” process. Maybe we are to “german.”
First question: It has to be a one-word name, so don’t worry about the constellation, hyphenate or not etc.?
Second question: Is the internet domain available or not?
And so, very quickly, DRAGONSFIRE came up. And, of course, if you look at the Song names of our first EP “Burning For Metal” (2005), the band name stands for the content: “Kings”, “Black Dragon”, “The Warrior”. Thinking now, 14 years after choosing the name, I know and feel, that Dragons were, are and always will be mystical, powerful creatures, people would like to belief they exist.
In 2015 we had to handle a very, very hard time due to the loss of our lead singer Thassilo. But, we stumbled on, managed to get things done and have now, 2019 a 100% ready-to-rock fucking heavy metal band performing each gig with all of their heart blood.
And that is what DRAGONSFIRE stands for us and for our fans all around:
Never give up, be aware of your own power, and use it!
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
Dennis: Dragonsfire plays a pretty pure style of Metal. With six musicians the range of influences is of course wide. But as often there was (and still is!) Iron Maiden. Mix in a little bit of Gammaray and Manowar and voilà Dragonsfire.
For me personally as the singer the most influencing singers are: Michael Kiske, Bruce Dickinson, Timo Kotipelto, Joacim Cans, Zac Stevens and later Tobias Sammet. So all these counted ones are the reason why Dragonsfire plays a solid melodic style of Heavy Metal.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
Dennis: Sorry, Dragonsfire does NOT play slow!
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
Dennis: The main intention of Dragonsfire is to play live and to bring us and the people a good time. When it comes to the music we earn a lot of positive reactions from the crowd. Even people who like harder music or even softer styles enjoy the music what we play. So this shows us we are doing not to bad.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
Basti: As a band it‘s important to pursue your own ways. Nevertheless, at some point, every aspiring band will be confronted with the „label question“. This does not mean that it‘s necessarily bad to be part of a label – some do a really good job indeed, especially at your home country in Sweden. The truth unfolds, when you look behind the scenes and recognize that music is not profitable anymore! The result is that labels do not earn that much money anymore and thus tend to work with more commercial and suitable acts. Labels, as well as bands, will have to go new ways to be listened… We got the philosophy that the best way to reach people is to play live. There are still some people out there who enjoy live music. And we don’t think that this feeling can be transferred into bits and bytes. So go out and play for your friends who keep the scene alive. But if you wanna earn money, do something else!
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
Dennis: We cannot share the point of lost true or die hard fans. We are an underground band and hey, we’ve got two fans who have big Dragonsfire tatoos on their bodys and they are coming to half of the shows we play. What do we want more?
The negative aspects are widely discussed and they have their place. But it is in deed positiv if you can easily search for songs of the band which you just saw last night and check them out further. In earlier days you had to invest much more efforts.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
Dennis: Hard to say. I like both covers, the ones in which you can loose yourself and you don’t know what the cover means so you start to interpret on your own and the ones which are kept simple and hit it on point! For me examples are Keeper of the seven keys part one from Helloween (first category above) and Revenge from Kiss (second category above).
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
Dennis: Hell yeah, we have a pretty active and lively Underground Metal Scene around Koblenz (Germany) which the band is definitely part of. Dragonsfire is a regular guest at the A CHANCE FOR METAL FESTIVAL in Andernach over the years. But even farther away there are bookers who repeatedly request us.
Overall Germany is a well known metalground. Not only because of Wacken. We have many many other and smaller festivals of all sizes around. And bands from all around the world (for example USA and Japan) come here to enter or to stay in the metal world.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-As an undergroundband we aren’t worried to much. I don´t think that this development kills music. It changes it but won´t kill it. Interests in general and also in music are focusing a lot more. Means: If you find something cool, you will search for that more and more. Musicscene also has to follow natural given facts: Humanity is changing and adapting at all times to new circumstances. Music is part of that and it will survive somehow. Probably it get´s harder and harder to earn money with it.
What lies in the future?
Dennis: Simple! More gigs and recording at least a few songs. The actual lineup exist just for one year. So especially with me as the new singer there are no official recordings up to know. It is time to change that, so that the fans get what they buy.
By the way: in may this year the Live-DVD-release of our latest Gig will be available. I highly recommend to check it out. We can’t wait to see and hear the product.