NOCEAN

I always has an eye open for new bands popping up everywhere I go and NOCEAN came to me scrolling through Facebook. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We are a modern, melodic hard rock/metal band from Stockholm with a debut album on our way out in Europe! Classic hard rock combined with heavier metal riffs and a female stong voice in the front. We started in 2013 and have mostly played around Sweden but this spring we are going to tour in Europe for the first time.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Our former bassist came up with the idea of the word “Notion” and our singer Hanna developed it to the imaginary word Nocean, with the meaning “an ocean of notions/ideas”. And that is really what we are playing – we do what we want and mix some rock and metal styles but with our own sound.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Since we mix a lot, there’s quite difficult to just say one or two bands that we get inspired from (typical answer, huh?). We are a bunch of different musicians with different musical backgrounds which is a good thing when writing new music. We combine each others inspirations. Some of us like bands like Halestorm or Airbourne, some likes metal bands like Trivium and Inflames.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of cd verses vinyl these days of internet promotion?
-Vinyl is getting more popular and that is awesome! We will release our upcoming album on vinyl and we think that is great. It feels more real and genuine and even if we are a modern band it is cool to have something that reflects the roots of our music. Maybe metal fans are more addicted to The Real Deal, CD’s and vinyls, and if so that is great.

Is digital killing the album format?
-No, we think it opens a door to new possibilities! We as a band in the beginning of our career wont need to sit and wait for record deals on full length albums, we can release singles by ourselves until we are ready to either do our own stuff or be picked up by someone. We can steer our career more and reach more people with specific songs and promotion. People still like to have a physical CD in their collection and as we said, vinyls are getting popular again so that is awesome 🙂

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Art work is really important. We have developed our own logo and really like our colors of red, black and white. For our album the record label’s artist decided most of it but we really like that too and it rhymes well with our slogan – Hard Rock Authority From Stockholm!

Is it a whole different way to promote a cd today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Social media is our key to everything!! There we can target the right fans. But playing gigs is important to, it’s the combination that works the best. Meeting new peeps on gigs is allways more fun too.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Absolutely, mostly in Sweden but we have a lot of metal fans out in Europe, USA and even some in Japan! We are still a small band but we are really hoping to reach far with our debut album!

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Yes, the latest year has been filled with gigs and this spring we have many shows ahead. Some even abroad in Norway, England and the Netherlands. Playing gigs are important for us right now but after the summer we might focus on “stepping up a bit” with a few larger gigs instead of many small. We do hope for some festivals this summer as well!

What will the future bring?
-Our album “Nothing To Hide” will be released digitally in Europe on 1st of April (Attitude Recordings) and we are so excited to see how it will be recieved! We ofcourse think we can get very far and we have big hopes on Germany where we think the market for our music is. We have much hard work to continue with but we have the right ambitions so… BEWARE!

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