With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ENQUIRE WITHIN. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Originally the band came to be as a musical creation for our main music writers friends (Dan’s & Henry’s) as a birthday present, we just wanted to send something silly for him to listen to. After creating that song we sorta clicked and started to work on proper musical creations which eventually led to Blind being produced.
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?
-I think for this question its a matter of opinion. Our guitarist has been classically trained with taking great influences from Avenged Sevenfold, while our drummer has taken a lot of influence from modern metalcore and thrash, thus brings forth what you hear our first album “bloodlines”. “Warmonger” has the harmonies while “Watch it Burn” has the thrashy-ness. With the title track “Bloodlines” blending everything together.
3. I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Throughout the songwriting process, we have a lot of inner arguments about what our musical direction will be. We all put forward different riff ideas and whole song creations which we scrutinise to all degrees. But once we reach an understanding with each other and bring forth the best possible song we can, it will eventually be recorded and released!
We all argue with each other, but only try to release a song that our fans would adore to listen to and see us live for.
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?
-Being an underground-ish band we understand the struggle of trying to stay relevant towards social media to stay ahead of the game. We approached things exactly how you described originally, but now having the fanbase that we do now we can try to deter ourselves away from constantly staying within the so-called “limelight” to be listened to.
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?
-Well, streaming music is absolutely great in some aspects, having access to an unlimited amount of resources for everyone to listen to around the world. Though financially streaming is a massive downfall. Which is why we as a band want to also put a lot of effort to bring forward the performance of the album to a next level when seeing Enquire Within live. Music has not died due to downloading but has brought forth even better stage performances of groups, it has evolved.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Presently we have been getting a lot of positivity towards our music, mostly coming from our diversity rather than focusing on a certain aspect of sub-genre, we try to bring out what we think is a good mixture of everything. Or how we like to say “pick and mix” metal. This way of thinking is good for us as a band due to the different backgrounds in metal we all have, it allows to to each represent a piece of ourselves in Enquire Within.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We’ve built up a surprising fan base from Mexico, Switzerland and Australia for instances. though we must say the most surprising contact so far is our drummers grandparents from wales!!!
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?
-its brought forth a lot of friends that we wouldn’t have made without being apart of a band, we are now known within the London metal circle which has been a delight. Its just made contacts and close friends with people who we would have never met before it it wasn’t thanks to drunken talking or playing concerts.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-easily, without playing live music will just be forever drowned in an supersaturated pool. Writing music is one thing but leaving the audience wanting more from a performance is another, there’s so much more that goes into a good live show than just playing the songs to a high standard. We absolutely love getting to see audiences engage with our music, be it singing along or just thrashing out and having a good time; without live performances, we wouldn’t be the band we are today.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We’ve just started to work on a new album with a handful of songs already finished, due to the current circumstances we’re finding more time to write and collaborate as a band. We’re looking ahead to 2021 and 2022 to get ourselves onto some UK festivals to follow on from our success at HRH Metal IV in Birmingham in February. Our main focus as a band is to bring our interpretation of metal to a greater crowd and bring forth a great night ahead of live performances, whenever that will be!!