RHINO PROOF is a Finnish hardrock band. If that doesn’t wet your appetite I don’t know what will. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
Rane: Not hard at all! We make our music stubborn as rhinos and rumble forward our own way.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
Rane: Band was formed 2014 when my former band stopped. Immediately I start looking new band members because I had new songs to play. It had take no long time while group was up and we start rehearsals. Our drummer Janne told that he have songs as well. Because our different backround, our songs were pretty far away each other, but when we start to play ’em as a band, they fit together.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
Rane: I’m big fan of Deep Purple, Rainbow, DIO, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Blackfoot etc.
I try to compose songs that I newer heard but always something comes up from my subconscious, I quess.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
Rane: Musicians and people in art all the way are big worldwide family, or it should be like that.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
Rane: Sure it is important how you look. It is maybe first contact to the people and first impression should give a reason to listen your music. In turn, your music should be so good that there is no matter how you look

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
Rane: My lyrics come from my life, sometimes my own experiences, sometimes something that I see happening around me. Newspaper is relevant source.
Lyrics are important maybe most of people but I’m more guitar player than writer so I go music ahead.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Rane: Digital music has take a big place, but there is always people who want to own album and bands who wanna make full stories about the album. Still, it is no longer a return to the 70’s

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
Rane: I don’t know about the future, new inventions come all the time but there is both verses so far. We got old cars, old paintings, old violins, maybe some day we got old vinyls and CD’s.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
Rane: I like to be on the road! We all had families and day jobs and when you are such nameless band, money don’t come in from doors and windows. Playing live is great experience almost everytime.

What lies in the future?
Rane: We lost our gig seller into the black hole so we need a new one!

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