HORSEMAN is a band that I wasn’t familiar with before this interview. But as I like what I hear I had to interview them. Answers by Michael Kolar. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-First of all, we would like to thank you very much for the Interview and your interest in our band. Our main goal in the band is and was always to create our own intense style of music that we love and to have a wonderful and familial time of Rock´n Roll and fun in every aspect in the band. Either in the practice room or on the road.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We´re very, very satisfied with the new record and really proud about how it came out. The way it came out is just so cool for us because everyone in the band was really focused and inspired all the time in every process of this Album until we finished it. Another cool thing is, that all decisions were made by the whole band which makes this result even better for us and a real familiar/team made record.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-The creative process is always going on and we´re always interested in trying new things in our personal musicality or the sound of the band. This progress will never stop.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-The lyrics of our songs have of course an important aspect in our music. Stefan, our singer, is putting enormous passion in the vocals. Either he has an idea for a concept to a song or the lyrics are impulsive and spontaneously written in the studio. Everything happens here. Stefan sees the lyrics as an offer to the listener. You can decide by yourself if you only enjoy the music without this focus or with it. Overall the lyrical meaning can also be seen by the listener itself. The topics are social critical, being pissed off, but also about hope. Everyone has the power to do good, to move things into a positive way and to never give up.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-The cover artwork is an important thing for us. Our guitarist Gregor did it by himself and captured the thoughts of Stefan’s lyrics and the music in the design-concept. The artwork is, besides the recording, another process where the complete band was involved from start to finish and we´re very proud of it. For us to sell an album, you have to do the whole “package”. Write cool songs, have a good sound be a good musician and have fun. That´s what sells albums.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big?
What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Maybe the problem in the beginning is that bands always try to bend themselves and compulsively try to make things happen. Everyone has to play his ass off on the road and work hard for a success. Of course it´s beautiful to have success to break big and to be honored by the people with this, but it´s also how you go for this way. For us it was always to have fun, to do what we love, to have a good time and someday when you work hard enough, you draw attention to yourself. And when you´re at the right place at the right time good things can happen.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything, but the music, is blind to the listener?
-Nowadays in the time of streaming the listener is always blind and doesn´t sees how good we look instead of just listening to our songs 😀 Maybe always giving 100% is the best, so we do.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Personally, for us every listener is important whether he´s from a local or national music scene. We noticed that many people who listen to our music are not in a special scene or even familiar with other styles. But they like what we do and that´s a big honor for us. We are happy about everyone who likes our songs no matter of they’re part of a scene or not.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-In our opinion metal music is accepted all around the globe and of course there are people with attitudes towards it but that’s not so important for us. It´s their freedom of having preferences and opinions. We are thankful for all the bands from the earlier days who came along and build up this tolerant and heartful way of making individual music.
What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully a nice cool drink after a show with a party no one forgets.