In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with NARNIA. Answers from Christian
Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Actually I have idea back to call a band Narnia since mid 1980´s when I saw the movie and my passion for hardrock/metal started especially neoclassical hardrock/metal like Yngwie Malmsteen, Rainbow, Impellitteri & Alcatrazz so in 1996 when I know what direction I wanted I got in touch with CJ Grimmark whom I have discovered a couple of years earlier as a marvelous guitarplayer and he liked the vision and Narnia was born. I love the name and still do and people recognized it.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-In the beginning the classic hardrock bands like Malmsteen, Rainbow, Europe but then later on influences came from other bands bands like Dream Theater, Masterplan but far more important that laong the way from album to album I think we have created our own ID of sound in my singing and lyric writing CJs guitarplaying and composing & lyrics. We have a great combination together and we are a strong unit today and your directly it is Narnia.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No we have always been a band where we want to show dynamics in sound and tempo since our debut album. Still it is very important to us.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-We always want to create that extra spark live as we are an hard working unit and we want to deliver great versions on every show to our audience with sing along aparts, solo parts etc as well as our studio versions. Listen to our new live album from Brazil and you understand.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Today we handle most of our things ourselves as we are experienced how to get this rolling and know what services we need to hire. Today it is hard to finance it but together with live works and hard work from every member on social media and so on it works for Narnia.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Most of it are very positive to have an active communication with our fans but then you have to balance the time between the band and family.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-It is always important to have an cover to visualize the bands vision for the actual album and we put a lot of time to really make it along with bands image.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Yes we are a part of great Swedish hardrock and metal scene and we try to support each other. It is too small to have competition
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Now we have this technique but I think many hardrock/metal fans still want the physical products LPs CDs so I am optimistic but the digital platforms are good as well. We will see what is happening in 5-10 years.
What lies in the future?
-For Narnia it is touring in South America, Europe and hopefully more countries and continents and then we start doing demos and pre-production for a new studio album. More music is coming and I thank you as magazine and all our fans for your support and love.
Blessings and Long Live The King
Christian Liljegren vocalist and founder of Narnia