HOLLOW WORLD is a new Australian discovery for me. So in order to get t o know them a bit better I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-We’re Hollow World, a Melodic Death Metal band from Australia’s South East. We play pretty fast and heavy music along the lines of The Black Dahlia Murder, At the Gates, etc.
How does one come up with songs that have not been written yet? There is just so many chords to be used.
-This can vary quite a lot, sometimes someone will have a moment of inspiration and show up to practice with a full song, sometimes it’s a riff here and there that we work on together and other times we’ll sit down together and write in a dedicated session. As far as methods go, picking a key to play in and the general feel we want to aim for is usually the starting point.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-As a general rule not at all, we all entered the band with pretty similar tastes when it comes to metal. Fast, melodic and aggressive!
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are incredibly important to us, they convey the story behind the music for the listener to hear.
We generally have fantasy based lyrics that deal with battles, magic and death. However our upcoming material is going to take a slight change of focus in terms of breaking away from our normal content.
5. How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
Once again we feel that the artwork is an integral piece of the story. In much the same way that the lyrics can tell the story, cover art can help a viewer to visualize and feel what we’re envisioning for the cd/release.
Where outside of your country have you had success? How do you define success?
We haven’t yet started to branch outside of Australia too heavily (aside from what interest we garner on social media and the internet). However in the future we’d love to get ourselves established in the international circuit.
For us, success would be playing shows to crowds who genuinely love what they’re hearing. In this day and age, to be making music with some hope of becoming rich is just not gonna happen, you’ve really got to do it for the love.
Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from Australia making it big internationally?
-I guess it’s where you’re looking. From an Australian point of view we see bands like Thy Art Is Murder, Twelve Foot Ninja, Aversions Crown, Psycroptic, Be’lakor and Ne Obliviscaris (just to name a few) absolutely killing it in Europe, Asia and America. However because we are just SO far away, plane tickets and touring expenses can be really quite intimidating for a lot of smaller bands and this stops them managing to get out of the country and play to the world.
What is your local metal scene like? What status does does your band have in the national metal scene?
-The Australian metal scene is great, we’re also lucky to live in Melbourne where we honestly believe the scene is at it’s strongest. There’s so many fantastic people to meet, play with or go and watch play. Couldn’t be more positive in our opinion!
What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
-Metal will definitely get you pigeonholed pretty easily. A lot of non fans will see guys with piercings, tattoos, long hair and band shirts as either intimidating or deadbeats.
I hear time and time again “It’s just noise”, “I can’t understand a word they’re saying!” but I think that comes from a certain close minded point of view.
What does the future hold for you?
-More music, more shows! We plan on continuing our journey and growing as a band whilst we do so!