With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to NIXA . Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-I think that was actually something we wanted, for the name to be somewhat undefinable so we could define it with our music instead of having expectations on what we “should” sound like when people hear it.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-In our case, it can be kind of difficult unless you actually listen to the music. Even if we make some comparisons with other bands, it might not be what it sounds like to them, but we have heard everything from Yob to Tears for Fears and Type O Negative, so we kinda give up there, haha. We suggest people listen and make up their own minds about what we sound like.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Life and loss, battles and struggles I would say. Pain is the greatest mover of all living things and even though we might not feel it when we are going through it, it grows us and defines us more than anything else in our lifetime. Pain is not only necessary for growth, it can also be the roots that connects people on a much stronger and deeper level.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Yes and Yes. Local scenes are of course very important but you have to be honest with yourself and your music more than anything. Compliments on the local scene can easily become a distraction. I would say do those local shows when your starting out, but take that inner journey to find your own visions and sound as well. Especially these days when you can reach the whole world online, it’s a very powerful tool to get your music out there but it’s equally important to perform shows live. That is when people connect with your music and band on a whole other level, when there is a real tangible energy exchange like a live show.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-The music and energy you put out can be a powerful force once others start to connect with something that has been created on a very deep level. It is a form of escapism, the good kind, where you can create a whole new world in your mind but also manifest it and connect with fans that feel the same as you when they hear it. Music also helps visualize human empathy in a powerful way. This is something we want to be a part of our legacy, people that listened to our music could “escape” and forget about their own struggles for a little while and come back feeling inspired.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Not necessarily true, sometimes the more typical themes gets a bit overplayed and the contrast of having unexpected colors, or less obvious artwork can have an incredible effect on the whole perception and concept of an album. A great album cover compliments the music and its a chance for the artist or band to add even more layers to the music.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I much more prefer physical over digital or streaming releases. There is a deeper emotional connection that happens when someone purchases a physical album and discovers the band, music and artwork in a more hands on way. When music is streamed for example, it seems that it’s a bigger focus on playlists and the “single” mentality, the deeper album exploration gets a bit lost. I wouldn’t say that digital is killing music, it is a medium for music to be distributed to a worldwide audience on a whole new level and vinyls are being sold at greater and greater numbers day by day, so that is all great for music and artists.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I am not sure about that to be honest, we’re not 100% on anything besides our own dedication to make the most that we can with both music and our live performances. When Nixa plays a show, we do not want it to be something you easily forget, and a good strong live performance with a heavy dose of energy and honesty coming from the stage, will always have live scenes to play.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s a happening, our goal is to make you leave time and space for a short while, to escape to our world and come back inspired and converted!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-More people connecting with Nixa’s music so we come play at their local venues worldwide.
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