FIRESPHERE is a US band that I just got to know about and wanted to share with the rest of you. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-I think the name is very important in representing the band. It’s the first thing a potential fan sees before checking out the music or band bio. We wanted a short, powerful, easy to remember, pronounceable name. One that would come off striking as a logo. I think we pulled it off.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Firesphere was created by me and my wife so, at first it was just us. After we had written the songs for our first CD, we brought in our current guitarist to lay down all the guitar work. Once the songs were complete, mixed and mastered, we knew we had to perform them live. It took a while to get all the members in place and then several months of rehearsal to get them ready to play live but, it was definitely worth it.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-That is difficult to answer because we don’t really sound like anything out there. We set out to be different and I believe we pretty much reached that goal. We describe our music as industrial rock/Metal combined with techno and cinematic soundtrack. There’s a touch of prog sprinkled in as well. As the primary song writers, me and my wife try very hard not to let our musical influences color or dictate our sound so that we end up sounding like this or that band.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-With our first CD, the tracks were arranged to correspond with a semi concept we had. The songs were written to tell a story about the two main characters, Priest and Rosemary Butterfly. As you listen to the CD you can hear the correlation from song to song.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Our inspiration on this CD totally came from the story we were writing. We imagined these characters, who they were, what they were about, their personal backstories and let that inspire the music and lyrics. My wife is also a composer for tv and films so, she brings a dramatic movie like inspiration to the music.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-We spent a lot of time and money on the initial graphic side of things. We wanted a good looking, eye popping logo and a lot of the early pictures were photoshopped to make them more interesting and appealing. No pictures of the band standing in front of a simple background here.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Personally, I believe the whole digital issue has really hurt musicians and artists. In the 70’s and 80’s you’d go out and buy your favorite bands album or cassette tape, even if it was just for that one or two songs you really liked. Digital has killed that whole experience and takes money out of the artists pocket. If your a new artist trying to make a living doing your music, it’s about impossible because you can’t make a decent enough living to keep doing it.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-The only positive thing I think comes out of the digital scene is maybe someone gets turned on to a new band by downloading a song and then becomes a fan. Maybe then they purchase more songs or the whole CD and go to that bands show.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-I believe we fit into a number of scenes and cut across several genres. We play good memorable music that has the ability to hook people of varying musical tastes. That’s were we fit in.
What does the future hold?
-I feel we have a good chance to succeed with this project. We have good management, a strong PR company, booking agents but, it really comes down to hard work, great product and a whole lot of luck.