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 RAVENFIELD. Questions answered by Polo – vocalys, guitar. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-A bandname is a kind of business card. When you read a name you always connect it with something you expect. And the name combined with a logo or coverart is important if people will take a look on the music.

When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-When we finshed the recordings we did not sit back, because there were so much other things do organize like the next shows, promotion and all that stuff. But yes, we were glad finishing the recordings because that was hard during a long time and sometimes it was not easy. At the end we were proud of the result. We were not afraid of if people will like it or not. We make the music we want to do. And it is a good feeling if people like it too, but you can not assume the eveybody will like it.

What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-When you go to the studio you know all the songs and you have an idea how it should sound. Sometimes there are differences between playing a song in the rehearsal room or in the studio. And so you have to find a way between these two worlds. And often songs develop during the recording sessions. Thats not easy sometimes.

Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Yes, promotion is one of the most important things to do for a band. Today a band should be present in all kinds of social media. We started with facebook and youtube. But that takes time. Sometimes more than music.

Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-For us it is not important in which sub-gengre we’re tagged in. We call our music darkrock. Maybe anybody else will call it darkmetal oder soft metal or something else * lol * .

What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-For us it’s a pleasure playing in a band and people like what you do. We don’t think that we are special or something like that. We like the feeling to stand on a stage an perform. But after going off the stage we are just the normal four guys as we’ve been one hour before.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band
-That’s hard to say because many people listen to music on platforms like amazon, deezer … so there you can’t see all the artwork. But for me, when I buy new records first I look at the artwork, So this is a very important part of an album.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online?
-With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?

We have no lable in background. So it’s easy nowadays to bring your music online, with advantages and disadvantages. I like CDs, LPs with a good artwork, booklet and all that stuff. But today more younger people want to have music (and other suff) available all the time, everywhere. So they use streaming platforms etc. As a band you can take part of that or not.

What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play
-Straight DarkRock music from our heart into your face, We don’t prefer any special shows. We love it every time, being on stage.

What lies in the future?
-We will see. Many new new shows and more new songs.

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