NORTH HAMMER is a Canadian band/project that needs your support. Read this interview to get to know more about it. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-It is extremely difficult. In my opinion, the best names are one word and you can bet those are almost all taken. I hope North Hammer gives a close impression of the music, granted it isn’t as power metal as Hammerfall or Glory Hammer but still fantasy driven all the same.
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-Honestly, probably guitar hero, but also seeing my buddies in high school be in a band made me want to be part of that experience.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-It starts with what bands inspire you, what you want the band to sound like. For me it was Ensiferum, Wintersun, and Amon Amarth. Really though everyone’s ears have a tendency towards different intervals and rhythms that lead to their own sound. Learning their songs helped me develop an ear for those similar intervals and then lyrical I just integrate all the content I consume, whether it be books, TV, Music, movies, et cetera.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-It might if you were on the cusp of something extremely innovative but otherwise modern recording engineering has made the number of bands so high that it is easy to get lost in the shuffle.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-It is extremely important to me to be involved in the merchandise designs and album art in order to have the right direction, but as far as stage wear, I don’t want to pretend anything I’m not. So the onstage props will be prevalent but I’ll probably still just be rocking an Iron Maiden t-shirt just because I’m a normal guy.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Primarily my lyrics are influenced by Norse myths and fantasy themes. These lyrics can be empowering and that’s a lot of what people search for in Folk metal, so it’s important to construct them in a way that is memorable but also uplifting in some aspects.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Yes and no. The album is for now is a good time stamp of an artist within a time period, that’s what I like about it. However, I could see just casual singles, EPs in smaller intervals, or even Visual media becoming popular. Streaming services certainly are problematic to record sales, I think it’s something like 0.006 of a cent whenever someone listens to your song that cost sometimes upwards of $10,000 – 20,000 to make an album (for bigger bands). But at the same time, my album would never have reached as many people as it did if it wasn’t for digital media.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I’m sure that I don’t know this answer. Digital is necessary even if you do buy a physical CD in order to put it on your iPod or whatever. Whereas, Physical is not necessary if you just buy the digital form of the song. Although the trend of avid music listeners acquiring vinyl really shows how much some people value the best quality they can get when it comes to their music. Physical will always stick around for those people but I think that streaming is probably here to stay.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Currently not at all. It started out as a solo project so now I have the task of finding some musicians to join on the stage. I would like to say it’s a tight performance with a lot of energy.
What lies in the future?
-The future holds finding a line-up and working on the next record, and somehow find a way to fund that record if possible.