IOMAIR

Iomair is a really cool band that I just recently got to know about. Answered by Drummer Dylan Gowan Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Looking back on it there is definably a sign of relief. All of these songs are very emotional. I wasn’t in the best head space and this album gave me an outlet to express those emotions rather than bottle them up.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Iomair is the Scottish Gaelic word for “row” but the name encompasses many other meanings like “to put to work or move forward” since these songs are a bit cathartic I thought it suited well with the theme of the band/album.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means the world to me! I’m very very grateful for people taking the time to listen to it and liking it. It still blows my mind.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-It’s very important. This is a band were we pretty much play a bit of everything. We’re not afraid to experiment and try new things within the songs and when you listen the album you can see that there is more to this project than just a metal band. We like adding in crazy violin solos, dynamic singing, and saxophone breaks and I think it works well with this project!

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-The album artwork was done by Marie Cher who is a phenomenal artist based in Nelson B.C. Her and I were discussing the artwork just before the recording of the album. All of the imagery is a reflection of the songs. With the polar bear, buildings, moon, snow all it. If you look through the lyrics within the album you’ll be able to piece the imagery the songs.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It’s a must to be available everywhere on social media. The greatest benefit is being able to put your music out for the world to hear. It’s a part of being within entertainment. Plus it’s always awesome to engage with fans and to hear their feedback.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Good question! Every time I play music it feels like I’m showing people who I really am. Being a musician is a big part of my identity. Playing music in front of people and sharing that experience is something special.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-There’s a lot of really cool bands within the scene! It always keeps inspiring everyone involved. Which then in return always creates more awesome bands! So I think the scene at the moment is healthy.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-It is difficult but it can be done. Since the band is still new we haven’t done any touring yet. But all of us individually have tons of touring experience. We will tour this project when the timing is right.

What will the future bring?
-More shows and more songs! I’ve got some new ideas, I’ve been working on that I can’t wait to share! If you want to kept updated on us you can look us up on Facebook and Instagram.

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