I am not a huge fan of this whole post metal/hardcore scene that has risen of late. But there are some gold corns in it though. Like I AM NOAH. Anders Ekdahl
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-It was hard, yes. It´s not easy to find a name every member of a band can identify with. Finding a name was a process that took us several weeks. We met in our favorite bar and had a lot of discussion about it. Luckily, the idea of I Am Noah was born there. Noah is a fictive person that reflects all our feelings, opinions, positions.
Who would you say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have?
-Mainly our favorite bands like August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, Architects etc.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Writing songs is more like a smooth process. We do not have a clear concept that a slow part has to sound like this or that. You have to carry the atmosphere of a song through all parts, both slow and fast. For example, in the song “If life could be the answer” there is always a basic atmosphere while playing fast or playing slow breakdowns.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or small club?
-It does. This year, we´re going to play shows in clubs as well as a few bigger festivals (e.g. Traffic Jam). I think, we´ll see which kind of stage will suit us better, haha. To be serious, it´s a bit easier to party with people in small clubs than with a huge crowd in front of a big stage. But that´s why we´re here. We´ll show that we can play bigger stages as well as small clubs.
Everybody seem to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording?What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-Nothing. We are very satisfied. With “Bastardized Recordings” we have an experienced partner who made it possible to spread our music. Beside all digital records, we also have a physical distribution. That´s great for a newcomer band like us. At this point, thanks to Bastardized!
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-It´s very hard. Currently, there are a lot of talented bands and it´s very difficult to own your place in this crowd. It´s easier today to get a few well-sounded tracks and maybe an additional music video than a few years earlier. All these bands are using social media, too and today you are reliant to social media platforms like facebook or instagram. I think that might be a little problem, because there´s not really another way to get familiar with new people. We try to play as much shows as possible to meet new people in the cities we play. That´s much nicer.
What do think you think is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A front cover should reflect the spirit of a record and it definitely should be thought-provoking. It should catch the potential listeners’ attention and make them curious about it. And of course it should be provocative, that´s why we love the front cover of “Thy Art Is Murder – Holy War”.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for music in your country?
-For example, in Trier there is a location called “Exhaus” and it is known throughout Germany for its concerts and festivals, e.g. Summerblast. We went to our first concerts to this venue years ago. Today we had a few shows there and meanwhile, we have built up a small fan base and that really means a lot to us. Yes, I would say that we are rooted in the scene now.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-We rely on social media platforms to promote ourselves the best possible way. Furthermore, you need to play a lot of shows to get known by the people you trying to reach.
What does the future hold?
-Our first record “The Verdict” will be released on May 13th . We´ll enjoy the shows and festivals we´re going to play. Meanwhile, we´ll writing new stuff and hopefully there will be something big coming in 2017.