With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to HOT SUNDAY BLOOD. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-Your name is yours. The first person that must like it is you, it must ring a bell, it’s your “label”. That’s the most important thing, if the name is super cool but is chosen without passion it will only be a name, not Your name. When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are
you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it? When it’s finished it’s because we like it and so we are always happy about it. It’s something like the name, first of all our songs must sound like what we want to be.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-When we are in the studio we are always well prepared and records do not take too much time to be completed. Being in the studio is a big moment to further evolve our ideas in terms of orchestration and arrangements. Songs will remain what they were but we work together on choosing sounds, adding an harmonization here and there etc…
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-You promote the best by being a beast on the stage! Apart the obvious, having a basic understanding of how social media works is essential, and maybe you can hire for a short period someone that can help you taking care of that.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
_“Metal” is not a tag because, fortunately, there is a wide variety of sounds out there, so saying “I play metal” is limitating…. Do I sound like Sepultura or Korn? The Browning or Meshuggah or Stratovarius? Is it important? Yes and no. It’s important to be tagged as “alternative metal” just to avoid being confused with something you don’t belong to. But apart from that, we like to be tagged as “Good music”, that’s all.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s. In the 90s it was very important to be part of a scene.
-Right now, with all this increasing ignorance, be part of a band means to overcome other bands. Except for rare occasions,
there are no relationships, no scene, and no transparency at all. It’s a fucking war between miserables. Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band? The answer is similar to the name thing. Artwork must represent what you’ll feel when pushing the play button. Imagine an album by Celtic Frost with Winnie the Pooh as a
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online?
– With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being
too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff? A label is important if they understand you as a musician and they are able to motivate and push you over your limits. They must support you not trace the path on your behalf.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-Expect to play with professional guys. We arrive on time, do the soundchek withoutuseless jamming, prepare and leave the stage without wasting time.
In our ideal show you’ll hear zero words, just our music.
What lies in the future?
-It’s hard to guess given the actual situation. Everyone has something to lose, we lost our tour and the participation of a festival for example. So for now we prefer to not speak about that.. We’ll see!