As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with HEAVY FEATHER. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
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?
(OLA) The name Heavy Feather was a homage to Led Zeppelin, and that my wife came up with.
It has a meaning of both heavy riff and feather light ballads.
A name is always hard to find and be comfortable with, Heavy Feather felt like the right one.
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?
(MATTE) When we started Heavy Feather, the band Free was our common dominator. They played the kind of rock that we also wanted to play but of course we’re influenced by many other type of bands. No one from Heavy Feather is from the metal scene. We’re coming from the same kind of music that our heroes came from, soul, blues and rock n’ roll.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
(MATTE) Actually I have never thought about if it would be a difference, so my spontaneous answer is no. We arrange a slow song the same way we do it with a fast one, but I know I had to think in a different way about my playing…
What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
(MATTE) I love to play on big stages, haha but of course an intimate rock club suits our music better. Personally I prefer to see all kind of music on smaller stages and clubs. Arena concerts are just too expensive and not the same feeling…
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?
(OLA) It’s all a matter of time and money. I can’t say that there’s anything I regret. Maybe a day or two more in the studio wouldn’t have hurt.
(MATTE) Of course there’s always small things that you afterwards think you should have done in an other way. But I think stuff like that gives the albums more life and feeling. Recordings will not be better if you have endless time and money. You can kill it instead…
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?
(OLA) Magazines, social media and blogs like yours. We always try to do our best, but in the end we’re best making songs and playing music. Luckily the record company “The Sign” help us out.
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?
(MATTE) Hard questions, I have thought about this a lot and every case is unique. Some music fits perfect with some kind of covers. I love when it’s photographs of the band, one reason that is not so common today. Most of bands today have some kind of “hippie” paintings which is really nice, but maybe too common in my opinion.
I like those photos that are spontaneous, for example “Allman Brothers Band, Live at the Fillmore”. Couldn’t find a better cover for a live album…
I think it’s important that you really want to hear the record when you see it the first time. And that needs some kind of tense from the cover, just like art. That’s the main thing. Who wouldn’t buy for example the first Black Sabbath album if it was the first time you saw it…
And then the opposite, some covers are just too perfect but they say absolute nothing…
Is a local/national scene important for the development of a band?
(MATTE) Yes I think so, especially when you’re younger. You influence and help each other so I think that’s really important. The scene is big here but the live scene is small, if you compare for example to Spain and Germany. In Sweden it’s a lot of great musicians and bands everywhere but all of them (including us) are just touring Europe, not Sweden.
It could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene was not what it used to be, before Covid-19. Could it 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?
(MATTE) As I said in the previous question, Sweden’s live scene is hard. My feeling is that many people are lazy and don’t go out to discover new bands. They’re just going out to see bands that they already know and I think that culture are way better in the rest of Europe.
What does the future hold?
(OLA) Hopefully touring and some festivals this summer. In the long run more albums to record and music to write.
(MATTE) We have festival gigs planned this summer and a tour in Spain in September but it’s too early to say if it will happen… If not we have to start to work on next album…