If you haven’t heard of RED REIGN before, don’t panic. I hadn’t either but that is now being corrected with this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-I think we want people to just enjoy a rock and roll band again… Just have fun and enjoy the music
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-I think picking a good name for the band is the hardest…we went a few months trying to figure it out and decided to call the band Red Reign. the name of one of our songs.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-There are so many bands that influenced us….Bands from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s….(A few are: Black Sabbath, Boston, Van Halen , Aerosmith, Dokken..just to name a few. As for today’s inspiration, there is not much. We write in our own style. Our goal is to continue to write rock songs that everyone can enjoy.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We formed the band with the idea to write, play and record ALL of our own material. we have all been in cover bands, but were looking for our own identity. When we began, we did not have a name, and very little ideas. we just kept getting together in a room playing all kinds of ideas until it started to come together. once we got the 1st song down, it became easier and easier. Once we got in the Studio with David Ivory (Halestorm), he helped us with the final sound of the band.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think that is somewhat correct but I also think the digital format has also helped some bands. People today are too quick to judge a band,,,When we bought albums, you listened to all the songs.
The digital age is killing good bands because people will listen for 30 seconds and if it doesn’t click with them they just move on. However, where the digital age is helpful is people are at least discovering less well known bands, like us
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I think art is still important. People still love intricate and interesting album/cd art. Lay out play is VERY important. You know as a band you have to catch peoples attention quickly. This makes the track listing on a album the most important. You know that if you can get someones attention on the first song, they will listen to the whole album and become a fan.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-I believe its a little of both. Again, social media helps spread important information on the band…posting a video or song can go along way to building a fan base quickly. HOWEVER, I believe in the old fashion way to promote a band and that is play shows and get in front of people live.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Playing in a band does make you feel like you are part of a scene and a community. Being on stage and watching people enjoying your creativity is the greatest feeling in the world.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Touring is a funny thing. We LOVE playing live and love to tour, We tour as much as we can as we all have jobs and families to take care of, BUT we hope to tour alot more in the next couple of years.
What will the future bring?
-Well, again we hope the future brings us more shows AND we are writing new material all the time so hopefully in the near future we can record a new EP/ full length album,
I just want to thank you for the interview and letting us spread the word on RED REIGN