MELTDOWN

I often wonder what’s happening to the Norwegian metal scene. And then an album like that from Meltdown drops in on me. Answers by Jørgen Hansen (Guitarist). Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
The main purpose was a band were everyone can tribute to the band and a band that would mix different styles of metal. Not lock our self to one certain style of metal.
We want it to be hard and aggressive and at the same time melodic. Since we are a band with both young people and older people there are a lot of different sources of influence.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-As said earlier the main thing is the mix in age that really makes it happen. We are influenced by old school metal to modern metal such as metalcore. So our sound as evolved naturally.
We have never set any boundaries for our sound. We play whatever we like.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-We have recorder and produced all our songs our self. That makes it a lot easier. We can record and track songs whenever we like. It always starts with some ideas on guitar and then we build layer by layer from there.
It is a very creative and fun process when we work together all six of us. Releasing song are a lot easier than it was earlier. You can make your own label and then release the songs on places like Spotify and Itunes.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-That is so true. We did not release just singles and will not do so in the future either. We will release an album next time also. Maybe it is smarter to just release singles but that is not the way we want to do things.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I personally miss the good old days were you went to the record store and bought and listened to music there. Those were good times! But we can’t stop the so called progress. The music industry has changed and we just can’t stop it.
Releasing music today is like throwing your music into a black hole. It so hard to get attention for your music. There is just too much music out there it seems. Luckily we were picked up by WormHole Death Records. Hopefully that can help us stand out a little bit from other bands.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We get a lot of positive response to our music. Most people like the concept of two so different singers in the band and the mix of styles of metal. Not everyone likes it but mostly positive response so far.
If we have point out one certain thing it has to be our singers from aggressive screams to almost power metal style of singing. We have gotten very good response when we play live. Lots of energy and power!!

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-A lot of things have been surprising. People from all over the world contacts us and like our music. That I can never get used to. The world is so small these days. The most surprising has been some of the reviews we have got. One time there was this guy from US who really liked our album. Thought it was brilliant and so good that we could not believe it. Called us up on Skype and did an interview with us. The guy was ecstatic about how good this album was!! That was really funJ

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Definitely!!! The way we work is so rewarding. We are friends and companions in making music. The feeling of the songs getting from an idea to finished song is so great! For me personally it is very rewarding to be able to be creative. Being in a band has thought me a lot about working together with other people and about communication. You share a lot of personal stuff in the progress of making music I think. And you learn a lot about yourself regarding cooperating with other people.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The live scene is a bit hard. The thing here in Norway is when you don’t have a big name it is hard to get in to the places you really want to play. The concerts we have done so far we have booked and arranged our self. We play as often as we can.
Sometimes a bit hard to combine with our jobs and family. We are hoping that now we are signed to WormHole Death records that this can open some doors for us and get us on to some bigger stages. A deal like we have with WormHole Death Records draws a lot of attentions here in Norway.

What plans do you have for the future?
-The plans are making new music, play live as much as we can. We are not sure when too release next album but the process of making new material is really looking good. We also have to work hard to promote our debut album Answers as much as we can.
So we cannot put our feet up and just relax, it is a lot of work to do J

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