ROBIN BECK is back with a new album. And yet another interview with BATTLE HELM. Read what she has to say this time. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-You are speaking of the new Album “Love Is Coming”.
I’m still looking forward so it’s a bit early to look back but I can say now that this is the best album I’ve made in years. The team was small and focused and nothing short of sensational. Producers Clif Magness and James Christian are my heroes.
The songs speak volumes about the writers and the producers abilities. I feel lucky and blessed every second.

Do you ever feel life would have been easier if you had a band name instead of your own name?
That would depend on the sound I would have achieved as a band but right off the bat I feel the answer is No.
-How do you separate the artist from the private person?
Music is my life so the separation is minor.
I’m not onstage in my personal life but I’m always in a creative mode so they kind of go hand in hand.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means everything to me.
I have a wonderful relationship with my fan base and I love their feedback. Both on and off stage there’s a feeling of support all the time.
It’s becomes my world and my peace.

How important is image to a band/artist? What impression do you want the fans to get?
-I think image is important and the impression I want to give is one that is real. Not one that says STAY AWAY…
I’m always available and I”d like to think my head is on my shoulders.
I want the fans to recognize that I admire them as much as they do me.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-The right artwork is very important.
It’s important that the cover art is eye grabbing.
As much as I don’t like to judge a book by its cover.. there’s nothing like good artwork to tie the bow.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Of course things like Facebook, twitter or YouTube help to promote my music as well as keep fans up to date with my work… but if there is a downside it would have to be that occasional oddball intrusive comment or message. It’s a good reminder for someone like me who is so open, that it’s just as important to keep boundaries between personal life and work. In those instances I’m grateful for the block button.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Yes! There’s always more fun to be had and interesting people around you to keep your creative juices flowing.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-* where do I begin.
We really can’t go around second guessing. I have to use my inner voice to make those hard decisions. I do what I love to do so if the music business doesn’t embrace it then I have to hope for a cure.

How much of a touring band are you and how hard is it to get gigs outside your borders?
-I like to go out a few times a year when the timing is good. While there are a lot of bands out there it does make for a tight squeeze.
Working outside of the US has never been easy but I
Manage to make it work with my busy schedule.

What will the future bring?
-Certainly more music and hopefully many more live performances world wide.
Please check my website for all details on the new release October 13th as well as many other items of interest.
Love to all, Robin

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