I like the music that RISE IN CHAINS play. So much that I thought it best to get to know them a bit better. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
David and Red started back in 2014 before Jäff and Jason joined. The purpose was to create own songs in an original style and to perform as professional as possible. With the addition of Jäff as the voice, the theatralic live shows also became a focus.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Every member of the band comes from a slightly other background. We try to merge those backgrounds and influences into something we like and feel like “this is us”. We all have a thing for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal in addition to personal influences like Funk, Rockabilly or Blues.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Most songs come to live through jam sessions and the hardest thing would probably be to remember what we were playing. But with the help of phonecameras we can capture our ideas and rehearse, so the recording itself is not as hard as it would be. We try to prepare well, before going to the studio. For the release, there are ways we think every band has to find a creative way to make a difference and to find the right audience. We hope we found a good way but only time will tell.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We think, it’s a question of genre and the fans. In Rock and Metal albums are still strong, but the wide audience surely looks for single songs to complete their personal playlists. We just release our very
first album and see how the people will react to it. It was a very exciting journey to make “Insight Me” and we have plans to make more albums if it will be well received. The market is always changing and if a band wants to be successful it has to adapt to the needs of the audience.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-As we said before, the market is changing and so are the needs of the people. We don’t think it kills the music itself but the presentation has to change. Music is part of our everyday life and people will listen to it. The large selection of bands and music will force the bands to put in all their heart into their passion to stand out. Also we musicians need more than just music to catch our audience, we need something to say, a story to tell.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Most of the time we stand out of the line-ups when we play live and the audiences appreciate it. We get the most compliments for our effort in the live shows, including the stage set, the outfits and the physical performance, matching our songs.This wasn’t always the case. We also found harsh critic for our first demos and songs. But we learned from it and could evolve. And the evolution is surely not ended now.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-It seems that many American citizens like our songs and we are able to open for our first international line-up this September with Devilicious and WOE from Sweden. We are very thankful for this opportunity.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Music is a way to communicate and express emotions. It is our way to tell stories in a very different way than in a book or a movie. We have friends outside of the musical way and we made new friends through music and through the band. By playing with other bands we were able to create our own network and some of the bands became very good friends. So, yes, there is a very great community out there and we feel like a part of it.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It’s not as easy as it felt a few years ago, honestly. Sometimes we have the feeling that people aren’t as keen on live shows anymore. But there are those shows with such high tension energy from the audience that we think there isn’t anything better than playing live. It feels like the stage is a home for us and the place we belong to. And on evenings with this tension, our fanbase grows best.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We release the album “Insight Me” and play live as much as we can, kind of a little tour. And next summer we hope to play more on festivals, maybe one or two bigger ones. We also want to play a few shows outside of Germany. It still feels like the beginning of our journey and we want to show the people our style of music and storytelling.