With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to HORIZONS EDGE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-To play glorious metal and have fun while doing so!
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We don’t exactly focus on what’s different, but just what comes naturally for us. If it sounds good, we go with it.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-We usually have a fairly smooth process. Once the songs are ready, the guitars and bass are typically recorded at Eddy’s house, then sent to whoever we have chosen to do the mixing. Kat will either record her vocals with the mixer, or in the case of our recent album, travel to Germany to record them with Ralf Scheepers. Once that’s all done it’s just a matter of getting the album pressed and working out a suitable release date, with plenty of promotion.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-If we did this, we would still stick to albums. Every band has their own approach at releasing music, and while we’ll drop a single or two before the album is released, we wouldn’t do more than that to keep plenty of new and unheard material on the album.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-There is definitely plenty of pros and cons about being able to access music so easily and so cheaply/free. With so many bands out there, it’s often good to have a platform where people can hear your music, but the con of that is that you’re not getting paid (or not much). Bands often make more of their money from merch sales than album sales, so at least for now that can’t be downloaded for free! Music will always be around one way or another, and most musicians know that we don’t get into this business to make money.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-A variation of things really. From people really just loving the sound, to our stage performances (including Kats acrobatic antics), our covers and also recording with people such as Ralf Scheepers and Bob Katsionis.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-It’s always amazing when someone across the globe messages us to tell us they love our band, especially when it’s people from big bands who say they listen to your stuff. Always blows us away.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Absolutely! Like with anything there are the good and the bad, but overall we have made lots of great friends with other bands, promoters and venues. The opportunities to meet and play with some talented people, to travel around the country and just the bond a band can bring. We’re a family doing what we love.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Melbourne has a great music scene, with a strong following. It’s definitely good to get out there and play some shows, as often that’s how you make new fans who would not have found you otherwise. There is something to be said about over playing in one area though, which may make people be less interested over time, but that can depend on many things.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Recording the next album is something we’re working towards at the moment, as well as potentially playing outside of Australia at some point.