PARADISE

PARADISE really impressed me with their debut album. Anders Ekdahl ©2020

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
Frank: It wasn’t really important… When the band came out it was influenced by Polynesian/tiki visuals… Everything was about Paradise in that culture so the name came naturally. Now, We’re stuck with it! HA!

Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
Frank: When I first picked up the guitar, I was into punk and metal bands… But I met this girl and wanted to get into her pants and her dad was a Bluesman from New-York and he became my teacher… So I discovered a whole new world! He basically taught me everything I know in a short amount of time. He’s one of my heroes… Al Ward

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
Frank: It s always about the vibe, the rhythm, and melodies. Every song has it’s own story. But we never play really fast so I wouldn’t really know.

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
Frank: Anywhere will do! As long as we can play loud!

It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
Frank: No
RL Black: I wish we wouldn’t have waited so long to release it, I’ll spare you the details, but there was a lot of jerking around with our label.

Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
Frank: You’re right, it’s a bitch. But I think we’ve just hooked up with the right guy for promotion.
RL Black: That’s right, Jon Asher from Asher Media is the man! We’ve been getting a lot more exposure since we started to work with him.

To me, artwork can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
RL Black: Well, first of all it should be appealing to the eye, it should also evoke what the band is about, but to me, having genre specific artwork is a mistake, I mean, a lot of bands have similar covers for similar music genres, I’d rather stand out just enough whilst staying in context.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
RL Black: Of course it seems like it’s important to be part of a scene, but I feel like we’ll always be outsiders, and being in the fringe is where shit happens!

I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is your experience with the live scene?
Frank: I think you’re right, it’s getting really difficult to fill a room… There are also so many bands right now its just ridiculous.
RL Black: Hopefully when the pandemic is over people will feel the need to come together again, caus live shows is where you can really connect with a band.

What does the future hold?
Frank : Ask your crystal ball!
Rl Black: The way 2020 is goin’, human extinction is inevitable!

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