With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MILLENNIUM . Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
A. Speaking for myself I have always wanted to play on the best stages, as a new member of Millennium I very much hope I can achieve this and the band deserve to be heard after many years away from the scene.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
A. In my opinion I think your location can play a part in the development of your profile. I don’t think you have to come from a certain place anymore, it’s more about the music in general. If there are a lot of venues to play you’re more likely to create a following. Areas such as the Midlands and London are much busier for bands whereas the north east has a limited number of good metal venues. So we’re prepared to travel.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
A. That’s still a long way from where we are! It’s great to dream of tours, but then sometimes dreams come true
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
A. Millennium have a strong fan base worldwide, we’ve had some kind words regarding the new album even though it’s only been out just over a week. From internet radio shows to webzines people are being very positive. We’ve had some great reviews too! We love to hear from our fans.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
A. I don’t think this band aim to write that big song. We take ideas such as guitar riffs and bits of lyrics and the song grows. If a certain song sounds good to us and makes us feel good we hope that will convey to our listeners. Our song Victory on the album is something like that. It might inspire something great.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
A. To be honest I’m no expert either, I’ve recorded in both over the years and as far as I can tell digital recording makes creating the absolute best sounds for the tracks simpler. Purists might think that the old ways are best but a lot of bands are producing their music from the comfort of their homes.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
A. You can’t beat an audience that, at the very least, cheers you on after a gig. If they know the choruses and join in that’s fantastic. To me it’s a much better feeling than say playing covers. It means so much that they appreciate what we do. As a new member I’ve already made a lot of new friends through the love of the music.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
A. Mark is the main writer in the band. He has strong thoughts on things happening in the world. The last album, Awakening, pushed a few world issues and focused on social awareness. A New World has some of that too such as warfare, and global issues regarding mankind and the planet. It’s not all about “Ooh! I miss you baby” in this band
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
A. We took a while deciding on the cover art. We were able to convey our views directly to Augusto Peixoto. He was patient and eventually gave us what we wanted. We’ve had some compliments on the cover so we think it is still important.
What does the future hold?
A. We’re hoping that we can get onto the festival scene in Europe. We’re not sitting back after releasing the album, we’re starting on new material already. So another album is in the pipeline and hopefully some major gigs! Thanks for the press. Keep on Metal