With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to RUADH. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
TP – The name is because of my home town which is the oldest royal burgh in Scotland, it translates to The Red Valley “Ruadh” meaning Red.
The name is important because it’s your first understanding of the project and I feel it perfectly fits.

Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
TP – a fan of lots of music types but the more obvious ones would be Bathory, Windir, Burzum and Emperor I suppose. Aside from the black metal stuff, I love a lot of traditional Celtic folk music.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
TP – No not really, I always try to approach writing in the same way, there is a mood shift in tempo which is valuable but slow for the sake of slow or fast for the sake of fast is pointless.

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
TP – Ruadh will work anywhere, it’s raw enough to still be extreme metal but composed in such a way it would work in most available spaces.

It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
TP – Absoutely not, It’s never going to be perfect but that’s because humans never are, I subscribe to the idea that you shouldn’t regret things, keep moving forward and improving all the time.

Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
TP – I recruited Metal Message to deal with the promotional side of things, Markus Eck is a fantastic individual and we share a similar ethos which makes for a good and worthwile working relationship.
I also do the regular social media posts of couse too.

To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
TP – It needs to tell the story, A cover can’t make an album good but it can make a great album legendary for sure.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
TP – I don’t like to think about scenes really, if I have to choose I would say National but again I’m not big on the idea of music scenes.

I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
TP – I would say there is an element of this sure but honestly Black metal fans and the extreme metal industry is still passionate, Physical sales are healthier in this bracket than any other and people still usually attend shows.
Your bigger budget albums and bands are likely going to answer this differently because their revenue share has slashed dramatically, some of the more popular bands can’t earn enough to make ends meet and that’s quite sad.

What does the future hold?
TP – I will almost immediately start working on album 3 and hopefully I will plan some shows when COVID-19 is gone.

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