HEADLESS CROWN is a Swiss heavy metal that are on its second album. Check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-Play the music that we love, in our case heavy metal, and hope that people will like it too, this hasn’t changed over the years.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
-Not so much anymore, with the internet, contacts with labels and clubs are easier, which dosen’t mean that It’s easier to get a deal or a gig, everybody knows that the internet is flooded with bands, which doesn’t help.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-I’ll tell you when we go around the world, at the moment, it’s mainly Switzerland and France, but it’s always a great feeling to play in front of people who enjoy our music.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-Feedbacks have been generally good for both albums, and of course for a young band like us, feedbacks kinda let you know where you stand, and as an artist, you want to know how people feel about the work you created, you can’t please everyone of course, but it doesn’t influence the way we compose anyway.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-We haven’t had a ”big hit” yet, but during shows you feel when songs works better than another, when people react ot it, its’ a great feeling, of course, and we feed from that, concerts are an exchange of energy, that’s what makes concerts so exciting.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-I started to record in studios in the mid 80’s, so, to me the main difference is the warmth of the sound with analog recordings.
With digital technology, it’s all very polished, and you can easily ”repair”or ” make it sound better”.
The downside of digital recordings is that most bands sounds the same, because studios use the same plug ins, so, in analogue times, sounds varied from one studio to another, which gave a certain cachet to records.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-For an artist/musician, t’s a great feeling to see that people dig what you’ve created, that’s what makes all the work worth it.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Lyrics are very important to me and i spend alot of time on them, our new album ”Century of Decay” is a concept album, it’s a story happening in a overpolluted dystopian future, that could be not so distant from now, seing how things are going.
If there is a message here, is just to stop being selfish and take care of the world we’re living in, even, if honestly, i don’t believe that humans are intellingent enough to put aside their comfort to try to decrease any form of pollution, like driving their car instead of walking 100 m, littering instead of using a garbage maybe 10 m. away, throwing shit in the rivers, oceans, see the quantity of plastic floating everywhere, it’s all very easy not to do this, if you use your brain a little, and stop being lazy. We need the nature to live, and nature is slowly, but surely, dying, what’s so diffcult to understand here?
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-For most people it’s true, but with the vinyl format coming back those past years, album covers are getting more attention again, which is cool, and more rewarding for some artists who works hard to create masterpieces.
What does the future hold?
-Hopefully a 3rd album, and of course as many concerts as we can make, so don’t hesitate to show your appreciation on our YT and Fb pages.
Many thanks for your interest in Headless Crown, Anders, and all the best to Battlehelm!