This week I am doing a Inverse Records interview special. If you haven’t checked out the quality metal this Finnish label brings us now is the time. I present to you RETURN TO VOID. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Pasi: I hope people who listens to our record will get smiles on their faces and enjoy our tunes.
Markku: Vocal and guitar melodies and smooth groove bass and drums has been most important points for me all over times I’ve been in band scene. Hope that people find same stuff when it comes to Return To Void.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Pasi: Relatively easy. We had ten or so names of which we voted on and Return to void got the most votes
Markku: Quit easy. Democracy has spoken.

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?
Pasi: What started me was Iron Maiden and Anthrax. I listen to lot of different music and get inspired by lots of bands: Animals as leaders, Beyond Creation, Gorod, Leprous,
King Crimson, Yes, Dream theather…..not that you hear those bands in our music necessarily.
Markku: So many things inspires me. Since I was kid, I’ve admired powerful singers like Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes and so on.. bit later I realized that there are different singers like Freddie Mercury, Crish Cornell and Geoff Tate with presence I love. Also some guitar heroes Malmsteen, Vai and Satriani was something that hooked me in childhood and teenage times. Afterwards progressive stuff got some bigger notice for me.

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?
Pasi: We had music first. So we tried to come up with the name that suits the music.
Markku: As Pasi told. Band name gives cream to cake. Music first.

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?
Pasi: I have never liked singles. Cd´s, vinyl or whatever. I want the whole album, the whole story so to speak.
Markku: Albums are “the thing”. I don’t give a shit about radio singles. You need to do so good tracks that it doesn’t matter what track is spinning..

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Pasi: It goes with the package. Its important to have nice cover art.
Markku: Nice art work gives sort of depth to album. Could take “hours” to stare cool art work.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Pasi: Nowadays its easier to putout new music. But the downside is that there are millions of other bands that are doing the same.
Its hard to get your head above the rest.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
Pasi: I dont know. Its just fun to hang with your friend and play music you´ve created together. It doesn´t have to be bigger than that:)
Markku: When we were younger, there was bigger meaning of being part of the band scene. Nowadays it’s difficult to find some time get together. Writing and practising new stuff is pretty cool.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Pasi: We´ve had couple gigs here and there. We are taking it slowly at this time. But we do like playing live. Its the most fun there is:)

What will the future bring?
Pasi: We are preparing to go to the studio and record Return to Void 2! Release date goes to spring 2018.
Markku: Oh yes, marvelous tracks coming up.

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