HÄLLAS

It seems that I can’t turn any which way and not bump into a Swedish bands unknown to me. Like with HÄLLAS. But being the music lover I am I just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The name Hällas came up in the beginning of the band. Our former guitarist and friend had it as a nickname. We all thought it was kind of catchy and an easy name to memorize, so we decided to take usage of it. Hällas is also the name of a character we write about, the protagonist in the song ‘Hällas’. He is a knight representing the people and justice.

Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have?
-There are many bands that we take influences from, most of them from the 70´s and early 80´s. We all have a pretty simular taste in music, but at the same time we are five different musicians with different backgrounds,
bringing our own touch to the music. But of course, we love classic bands such as Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Rush and Uriah Heep etc, but there’s a lot more music in our backpacks.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-When you’re playing slowly it gives the music more room to build it’s own ways.
It makes the ears observe more and you may hear stuff you usually wouldn’t notice in a fast song. Playing a fast and agressive kind of riff makes it sound alive, while playing in a slow and relaxed way makes it sensitive and playful. But we think it’s important not to overthink the arrangements during the procedure of making new songs.

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?
-Definitely! Our music works perfect on all kinds of stages. We haven’t had the opportunity to play at a bigger venue yet, but I’m sure it would do our music justice.

Everybody seem to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording. What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-You will always make small mistakes which will make you regret it later, but we’re pretty proud of the recording overall. If we chose to focus on the bad things, it would take away the heart of it. “Good” isn’t always good.

Is it 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?
-Not really, no. The audience is pretty true and if you’re playing a certain genre or style you always know that some people will discover it and hopefully like it. The most important thing for us is to record and play music that we’re proud of.
If you’ll be able mediate that, it would make it easier for others to like it as well.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great cover is simply a cover which mediate something about the music the album contains.
It doesen’t matter if it’s a simple photograph of the band or an abstract painting, as long as
it’s relevant to the music in some way.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for your music in your country?
-The retro rock scene in Sweden is pretty big right now, so there’s definetly an audience for us. But people know what they want, so you have to deliver to make it. We will continue to create music that makes us proud and
hopefully people will like it.

How do one promote one self the best possible way?
-Make great music and play live as much as possible!

What does the future hold?
-Hällas is about having fun and being creative. We only want to be able to continue to make music that inspires ourselves and others.
Actually, our ambition with the upcoming EP was to give the listener a feeling of discovering something new, even if it’s retro sounding. If you listen to our EP you cannot really know when it was recorded. We wanted it to sound real, it’s supposed to sound like actual people playing. And it does, because it is. Everything is 100% “organically grown”. We did no tampering like quantizing or trigging drums, auto-tuning or anything like that which is so common today. We can and we will perform these songs live.
Our next goal, apart from getting out and play more, is to start recording a full album.

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