With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to HELLIXXIR. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-We have always felt free in all our musical productions since the beginning ; we take our time to achieve the kind of music and sound that please us. Of course we are very excited each time to know what the audience reactions will be, and happy when they are mainly positive, but I cannot say it’s our first goal.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-We only aim at getting the expected result, the one that is the closest to what we initially imagined in our minds, it’s as simple as that. In our opinion, recordings are like pictures of the band taken at a precise moment in our whole story. After that, we travel to the next point, we’ll do something else in a different mood. We also like to explore new atmospheres, new sounds, new ways to write songs.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-Despite our friends, we are not famous enough to play in front of people who know our music, but I can imagine that it’s a strong feeling !
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-We like to use winks toward the past in each of our releases, but it’s not a formal rule. Our albums are pretty different from one to another, it’s a voluntary decision but sometimes inconscious. We, though, like to think there is some kind of guiding thread all along our discography, if you listen to the ambiances and guitar riffing especially.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Not really… We are lucky enough to meet lots of people with HELLIXXIR, we create our own web and sometimes friendships but the word “community” is a little over the top. We like to remain faithfull to the free spirit carried by Rock’n’roll and Metal.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-We try to be as spontaneous as possible : we like a riff, we keep it, or we cancel, without compromise. The whole feeling and atmosphere is what we focus on mostly, while staying coherent in the way we write the music.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-On the musical side, we claim to have various influences, that’s a perpetual movement. It would be difficult to find a specific band or musical genre that gathers us all. When it comes to the lyrics, they mostly are about nowadays current topics, often narrated at the first person and/or using metaphors.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-Our albums sales have always been satisfactory : more than many other bands, as the Metal fans still buy physical musical material to support the bands they enjoy, which is very cool ; while the using of the CD support is clearly declining toward vinyl discs or mp3 streaming. Merchandising also has good days ahead !
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Digital is the present, there’s no doubt, it’s now inescapable and very practical : there is no reason to go against that. Anyway it would be necessary to seriously look back at the way the music is shared and the benefits that come from it, which are very advantageous to platforms the way it is now. Being in a band, you have to rely on other income sources like enhancing the merchandising.
What lies in the future?
-We have started to write new music recently, we would like to record a new album next year, some kind of continuation to “The Black Fortress” somehow. Another exciting news is that a new video clip should be released by the fall of 2020.
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