For those of us old enough to have experienced the 80s MAVERICK brings up memories of Tom Cruise and air planes much more than a heavy metal band from Madrid, Spain but this interview is all about the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Hello Anders, Maverick is a Hard’n Heavy band from Madrid started by five crazy guys that want to play some late 70s / early 80s music.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was kind of easy, Maverick sounded great and it got s very powerful background because of its meaning, which is free eagle.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
-Judas Priest, DIO, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy… we are open minded people and get inspiration from many bands from Heavy Metal to AOR.

What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-The sound, that’s what really matters after all. We didn’t write songs thinking on something closed, we were just doing what we liked, the EP has five different songs in the Hard’n Heavy style.

Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I don’t think so. I don’t enjoy buying separate tracks, I like to listen to albums. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal are very linked to the album concept, it’s not like pop.

What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention
-In physical formats it’s another part that helps enjoy the music at it’s best. It must be a whole product.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-I am more of a musician than a business man, I do the music I like and share it in social media, but also radios, pubs, concerts… Online promotion is a part, but the traditional ways still have space.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-We are involved in the spanish scene and have a lot of contacts and friends in this music.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We play anywhere we can if the basics are covered, this is a project with people from many bands and we have to make sure that conditions are always good. Touring is the best way still.

What will the future bring?
-We are already writing a new album to record this year and we will make our first visit to Netherland in September 23rd at the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival

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