HAEMA

HAEMA is an UK act that to my ears follow in the tradition of Senser and their ilks. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We can’t say we ever set out with any purpose in particular. Originally, I think it was to just meet up and jam together for the love of playing. We didn’t know each other prior to getting together in a rehearsal room. Scott had met up with Andrzej on a few occasions, likewise with Andrzej and Dave. We all have very different tastes and influences that align at certain points. Andrzej had some ideas he had been working on which was our start and the band started to gel together from there. I guess our main purpose now is to hopefully create something different through every track and every album we release.

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?
-That’s a hard question! I still think we’re in the process of defining our sound. Our EP is probably testament to that. You’ll probably hear all different kinds of influences in there and all the tracks sound quite different to one another.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-A lot of our ideas come when we’re all together in the rehearsal room. Majority of the time we can end up playing 10/15 minutes of just riffs, trying out different things or going with the flow. If something sticks out with everyone then we’ll take those elements and work on them further to create more of a structure. We’ll record it on a phone or whatever device we have available at the time and then Andrzej will head home with those recordings and start work on the guitar tracking and synth side of things for the next time we meet up. We’ll always pick that to pieces too, so it’s a constant iterative process that probably sounds drawn out to most people but it prepares us very well for when we go into the recording studio.

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?
-We believe that today’s technology only helps bands, especially bands, like us, that are just starting out. It’s particularly good if you know your way around the software and you can produce professional results. It’s a good way of getting individual tracks out there for people to listen too and gauge responses. People may think it’s bollocks, if you just don’t know. If it is bollocks, then you have just saved yourself the financial pain of recording a full album in a professional studio. We initially released self recorded demo versions of ‘Eden’ and ‘Two Minds’, which feature on our EP, to do exactly that.

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?
-The digital element has its pro’s and con’s. Obviously the accessibility is good for both bands in terms of audience reach and for fans in the sense they can access or stream content instantly but of course that comes with detrimental factors too. We don’t really have that answer to that, it’s up to the individuals conscious. Personally, we still love to own records/CD’s, and we are definitely not the only ones. They are pieces of art. You won’t kill art. Go to gigs and buy some of the bands merch, that will keep the music coming.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-So far we’ve had great initial reviews for our EP. It’s just been released so we’re looking forward to hearing what people think. We get good responses from our live shows too. People probably think we’re a bit different or not what they expected and that’s a big compliment to us.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-In general, it’s the ability and ease in which you can send your material around. Social media sites, online magazines, radio stations, reviewers, promoters etc. It’s also excellent to see people a lot of people collaborating online with country or continent not being an issue.

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?
-It certainly does, not only have we become great friends within the band but we’ve also met some great people through being in this band. From members of other bands we’ve played with to producers to gig goers. Not to mention some of the quality bands we’ve had the pleasure to watch that we otherwise wouldn’t have known about.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We have a thriving live scene here in Northamptonshire. Check out bands such as Krysthla, Siderian, The Darkhorse, From Eden To Exile, Cerebral Scar, Garshkott, Sharkteeth Grinder to name just a few and you will see the wealth of talent on offer around these parts. There’s no doubt that playing live helps build a bigger following. You have to get into peoples heads and stay there.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We’ve been working very hard on new material. We’re are just about there with it all. We’ve made a start on the demos which will go through the process we described earlier and then we’ll be heading back to Initiate Audio & Media with Neil Hudson (Krysthla) who did an amazing job our EP, to record what will be our debut album.

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