RAGING ROB

You might know RAGING ROB from his work with Assassin. That was then. This is now. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

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?
RR: As my old band in China was called Raging Mob everyone just called me my nickname Raging Rob and after I left Assassin I decided to make my own band and choose then that name.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they colored your music?
RR: We are all musicians from the 80s and are influenced by the early Slayer, Metallica, Motorhead, etc. We always played Thrash Metal and still play it nowdays.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
RR: I don’t get the question quite. We play and arrange our songs through our feelings and instincts and do not differentiate to play different when a slow or a fast part of a song comes up.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
RR: Live our main task is to take along the live audience and let both band and audience enjoy the show.

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?
RR: We don’t have a label so we released our album by ourselves. Nowadays the band don’t earn much or anything through their work, only at live performance the band can earn something.

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?
RR: It’s not easy for an unknown band to get a certain fan base right from the start. It takes good releases and good live performance to convince people that you are a good band and let them follow you.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
RR: There are different type of great front covers. The front cover is really important cause it will introduce your band and your music to the audience. In our case we decided to use an action photograph of me to make sure that everyone who will listen to the new album will get some action.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
RR: With my old band Assassin we were one after Kreator, Sodom & Destruction, one of the first bands playing decent Thrash Metal. As nowadays the ‘new’ Assassin plays rather a modern style we still play the old school style and feel that we can compete quite well with the other older bands.

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?
RR: No worries. We use band camp to let people listen to our album and are quite satisfied with them.

What lies in the future?
RR: Now after the album is released we plan to play live shows and thrash every city we will go to. Cheers. Greetings Raging Rob

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