With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to I WAS A SILENT KID. Answers from all of the Band; Singer and Songwriter: Johnny, Guitar: Chris, Drums: Leo, Bass: Nadine. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-The band name is important to get attention. At first it was quite difficult to find a band name that didn’t already exist, but is still catchy.
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?
-After a recording we feel pretty relieved to have finished it and got it done. No, we don’t worry about it, if other people like it or not. Of course we are curious about their feedback, but that is not the main intention of a recording. We were simply proud at the time our first EP was released.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-During a recording we mainly work very focused and hope that we can keep the take . We are giving it 180%! Afterwards we are very excited to hear how our music sounds from the listeners perspective. That alone is worth it to put the hammer down.
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?
-Our bassist is doing a lot of advertising. She visits every concert in the area and even festivals are used for promotion. Apart from that the internet is making it very easy to promote. We have a musicvideo on Youtube for example and we are very active on Facebook and Instagram.
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?
-We basically created our own genre. The term „metal” doesn’t really fit us. There are so many different types of metal, but none represents ours. Maybe you could help us find a fitting genre name for our music ?
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.
-Due to the fact that we created our own genre, we don’t have the feeling of belonging to a particular scene.
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?
-We are still in the early stages of development when it comes to our art work. At the present we have a new lettering and logo that we are about to release and use for an album cover, but at first we have to try it out and see how we feel about it, before we know, if it really suits us. We believe that this is a typical process and part of the transition of the band. Therefore there’s a high possibility that there will never be a final version.
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?
-We would like to work together with a label, but didn’t get the opportunity yet. We are excited to see what will happen. With the ability to upload your music right away it has become more difficult to stand out from the other musicians, but that makes it exciting and makes you being even more creative. Until now we also belong to those „idiots” who wildly load up everything in the internet.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-It’s a little horror show, a bit like a musical and a portion of „in your face”, along with melodic moments and headbanging bits.
What lies in the future?
-This year we are going to record our first album and then it’s all about CONCERTS CONCERTS CONCERTS! Everywhere we can and are invited to play. If possible on festivals and off course we would love to play for you in sweden. For us it is very clear that we want to conquer the big stages. The small ones are getting too cosy.