HÄXAN is apart from being a cool Swedish silent movie from the early 1900s also a cool British band that needs to be checked out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We used to be called “The Kix”, but after gigging in Miami for the Monsters of Rock Cruise, there was a bit of confussion due to the 80’s band KIX being regulars on the cruise. So we decided to change it to Haxan. We wanted a name which sounded pretty classic rock, but being an all female band, we wanted something with a female link. So we found the Swedish film about witchcraft after a lot of searching, decided it sounded cool, and here we are today!
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest EP?
– The competition is fearce, and we’re so happy to be part of a thriving scene. I think what sets us apart from a lot of bands is the fact that we pride ourselves on being quite loud and raw sounding, almost attacking the songs, and this comes across both live and recorded.
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Having just released an EP, we do get asked pretty frequently when the album is going to be available, and it’s nice to know that there is call for it. Maybe not on the scale we’d like just yet, but hopefully, the EP can generate enough interest to fuel a hunger for new tracks.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-Being influenced and raised on classic rock certainly helped guide us, as this is where out heart is. Our tracks are quite harmony heavy, which is a feature quite important to our sound as a band.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-People outside of the band scene usually seem to think that being in a band is very glamerous, and while it may indeed be the case for very famous bands, being in a touring band trying to make a name is quite different, but there is something so addictive about playing music simply because you love to. Even the smallest things keep you hooked, be it one person in a crowd singing the chorus to a song you wrote, or someone asking for a photograph at the end of a performance. The industry is always moving forward, and it’s nice to be involved with that.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I think the album cover is important to express how the cd should sound. With our ep, we decided to go with a big bold logo on the front of the cover, as the tracks are loud, fast paced, and in your face. I think this is representative of us as a band, and our sound. Changing the name recently also meant we had to put it out there with confidence and hopefully, this is done with what we created.
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-We get asked this quite alot, and we find that playing rock music, people like to have phycical copies they can get signed at shows etc. That being said, we do try to make sure we have quite a lot of online interaction with our fans, and this helps digital sales. Vinyl is making a come back now too, so maybe old school is on it’s way back, time will tell!
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today? Arena tours seem to be more of a pop music culture thing these days.
-There are some big rock bands who still pack out arenas but ticket prices reflect this. On a smaller scale, the Welsh music community is far from dying, even if more and more venues are closing on a weekly basis. Touring works if you do your home work and create a fan base in each city before hand, and we’re gonna try to do this before an album release to make sure every show is a good one.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
– We’re always having fun when we play live! We work hard and we play hard.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and don’t want it to fade to nothing. We’ll continue to work our asses off to try take it to the next step, and who knows? Maybe one day we’ll be lucky enough make our dreams reality and still be doing it long enough so that the new wave of classic rock we’re currently involved in ages into simply “classic rock” once again.