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 RAGE OF LIGHT. Answer by Melissa. 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?
-Our name reflects the mix of a death metal base (Rage) and the melodic touches of the keys and trance sounds (Light).
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?
-We would not say that we created anything new. But we believe that we succeded in gathering some influences and creating our own sound. Our music is influenced by all the music genres and artists inspiring us. Melodic death metal, trance, symphonic metal, powermetal. You can hear some touches of many influences in our music.
. When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Playing slow leaves more room for details and feelings. Playing faster is a different energy and concentration, which requires being tight, otherwise it can create a beautiful mess!
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-I works well. We definitely sweat a lot! The real beast role in the band is the drummer who has to train regularly and get used to the speed of the drums. It’s a real pleasure to play our music live, it’s a completely different dimension, with the energy we exchange with the crowd. We love it!
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?
-It is a great opportunity for us. Releasing our music with Napalm Records allowed us to spread it much more! There is no negative consequences, you just have to be ready for more feedbacks, good and bad. But that’s how you learn and grow!
. 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?
-Through the years, a fanbase started to grow and we can see through social media that some people are following us from the beggining and are faithful to the band. This is very encouraging. Perhaps this was much more powerful a couple of years ago but the world changes and there is nothing we can do about it. On the other hand, the easy access to music gave easy access to our music, we also benefit from it. We will see how it evolves for us compared to bands who started way before and are now established.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great front cover should reflect the universe of the band. You don’t make a cover with blood and bones if you want pop fans to be attracted to your CD when they see it in a music store.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Hard to say, perhaps not yet… The metal scene in Switzerland is not a huge thing, although there are many good bands. Some of them are famous, some would deserve to be.
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?
-We see the evolution of technology and how we could suffer of it. Now when you buy a recent computer or car, you might not even have a CD player on it. CDs and physical merchandising are some of the main sources of money for a band like us. Hopefully people will continue to appreciate them.
What lies in the future?
-More touring! We already had the pleasure to play our music in Switzerland, France and Belgium and we hope to bring it to many other countries!