With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to GATEKEEPER . Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-A name is a name, man. We liked the idea of an ominous guard, Metal is becoming legends and lore, we have lost Dio, we have lost Mark the Shark, and we feel, like I imagine all metal maniacs do, that we’re now guarding ancient knowledge. But really anyone is welcome in the hall, Metal is forever and for everyone! Gatekeeper does not mean authority, only power through passion, we are gryffons guarding gold.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Ronnie James Dio and Mark the Shark Shelton.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versaz
-Totally, and we like writing in both styles! Sometimes you stand up and shout, other times you cast shame on the night!
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-You be the judge of that! Everyone else too! We love to play for people and feel the energy of Heavy Metal music. We don’t want it to ever go away! Big stage, small stage, that attitude is what we will bring.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-I only listen to my self for critical purposes, like if I put on a record it will be mystification or dream evil, not my own. We are never satisfied, for us complacency = band death! But there’s nothing we’d do different because we’re here now.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-We’re not embarrassed to put ourselves out there with all the new stuff, hashtags, Instagram all that shit, mainly because we’re proud of our music! Any way is a good way!
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Open the Gates and Sacred Heart
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Eh, just words. We just want to play for every body, we can’t control how we’re perceived, only be ourselves and make heavy tunes!
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-If you feel that way, come see us! It’s SHOWTIME.
What does the future hold?
-Man, I don’t know. Scary question! But we already got a bunch of songs cooking for the second lp, after this tour we’ll be working on that!