ROSSLYN

I kinda expected a female solo artist the first time I saw the name ROSSLYN but I wasn’t disappointed that it turned out otherwise. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Well, finding a band name is not so complicated by itself; the difficult thing is for it not to have been taken before by any other band. There’s also the point that the chosen name should somehow match the band’s sound, and that’s something we have achieved with “Rosslyn”.

What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-When you grow up listening to bands such as Iron Maiden, AC/DC, or Judas Priest, if later on you become interested in discovering more bands and you dig inside the world of metal music, I think it is very likely that you too want to make your own music, and start your own ban. If also you feel you have something to bring up to the metal scene, the need for being in a band becomes huge.

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?
-No rules written here. I think everyone decides how their music varies song to song (or album to album, or whatever). Some other band may influence you into making music, but you may as well not make direct reference in favour of your own sound.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Playing in a band doesn’t have to mean becoming a part of any worldwide movement, or feeling part of one. Not every band works the same way, not have them the same aims. Yet, with Rosslyn, releasing the new album “Soul in Sanctuary”, we have received feedback from people in very different parts of the world, who, either knew of us previously and were waiting for the album to come up, either have discovered us from the releasing, and that makes you feel indeed a part of a cultural movement, metal music one, national and international level.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Well, yet obviously your personal backgrounds is always an inevitable influence, I don’t think we are the “I’m going to tell you my experiences” kind of band. I believe there’s many other stories much more interesting than mine, so that’s what I write about. Both Borja and I are fond of history and literature, and that’s where most of the lyrics get their influence.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Time is not stopping, and things change. Obviously, physical format used to have much more relevance in the 70s and 80s than it has now, as it was the only way of listening to your favourite music, other than being lucky enough to have some concert nearby, or even luckier to get your favourite bands broadcasted on the radio. Now, with the digital, we all have much more music in our computers, smartphones and such, so physical format has been reduced to collecting. I personally still like to have my music in physical, but it is a fact that digital has crushed physical albums. That shouldn’t be a problem, other that internet piracy, which, leaving apart economical loss, means a disrespect for artists’ work because of that free (and illegal) access to unlimited music just a click away.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-It’s difficult to tell what happens next. With technology developing so fast, anything can come. Fifty years ago, none would’ve thought we would be listening to hi-fi music on out phones. The reboost of vinyl is indeed such a joy for us collectors, but obviously, for now, the future of music comes along with digital formats. Time will tell.

What lies in the future?
-Well, we have a small first leg of the national tour coming, planning more gigs for 2019, and we are already working on the writing of a second album.

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