ENKELINATION

What do you get with a Finnish singer living in London? You get ENKELINATION. A darn good band that deserves to be discovered. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce the band to us?
My name is Elina and I’m the singer of the band, originally from Finland, but been living in London for 6 years now. Shadow is our guitarist, he’s been in bands since he was 15 years old and you can see how much he loves playing when he gets on stage! Ben is our drummer and he joined the band about a year ago and has since proved to be a great member of the band. We are soon having a new bass player, so keep an eye out for announcement 🙂

When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-Well, it wasn’t really a traditional start for the band, because it was just me who started writing some music after a difficult time in my life. I didn’t really decide of any specific sound back then and since I’m inspired by so many things, the tracks on the album are pretty different to each other. I’m hoping for the guys to have a lot more input to the new material so maybe we’ll see if we want to take the sound into a specific direction.

How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-I wanted to have my Finnish roots in the band name somehow (enkeli means angel) and wanted it to be a bit more unusual. It also has my name in the middle.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I think for any band, image is, especially nowadays, very important. If we talk about only the visual side, we haven’t really had any serious styling discussion, but everyone needs to feel comfortable with what they wear because that will make them more confident. We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously and being genuine is important to us. Even though we’re very professional at what we do, we’re also silly people so that’s how we’d like people to see us too 😉

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It’s hugely important as it reflects the whole album! It’s the first thing people see before listening, so it will give them some kind of idea what to expect and what the band is about.

How do you avoid being affected/fooled by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-If a band/artist would just buy themselves a huge amount of likes or views on youtube, i guess it would create some kind of illusion of success. But that can only go so far because the only way is to actually work hard and gain those fans over the years. If no one actually likes your music, buys it or goes to your gigs, then what’s the point?

When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-Definitely! referring to the previous question, when you have real fans, you have a lot of communication with them and they become almost like a family. It’s amazing how supportive the whole community is and I’m very proud to be part of it.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot so on your own?
-It is possible to do a lot on your own but at certain point you really need the contacts and promotion tools that a label has. Reaching the right people is the most difficult part and also costs a lot.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Since we had our album out we did a small UK tour but the truth is that touring is very expensive, so you really have to make it worth it. We’re playing a festival in Finland this year so it will be our first gig outside UK.

What will the future bring?
-Once we have a solid lineup with a new bass player, we’re hoping to start writing some new material and second album would be the next big thing for us. We’d like to get to Europe soon too since we have a lot of fans there.

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