I am starting to really like this whole modern metal/metalcore thingamajig. SAILS OF SERENITY gets my metalheart pumping. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-When we look back at the writing and recording we feel proud to have produced something that reflects what we are feeling. At the same time, it was such a long and winding road that we feel as if we just got out of a war. We are curious to see how we’ll feel after the release.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-It’s not really something that we put a lot of meaning into, it’s just something that we came up with. But it shows our love for the ocean theme and the name Sails of Serenity contradicts the nature of our music, which is nowhere near “serene.” But if we consider our struggle to survive in this scene as a journey, then fighting for this gives us the serenity; so we sail.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s a blessing really. Even if it is just one person that listens to our music and feels what we feel or holds onto dear life, if our music changes his/her life, that is just the most beautiful feeling in the world.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is fundamentally important for every band. The only impression we want fans to get from our image is that we are a modern metal band. It means that we are not dressed in all black or we don’t have a non-readable logo, but we are a metal band. We will get inspiration from different sources, do whatever we can to enrich and diversify our music and our appearance.
I am a huge fan of LP artwork. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
-It is one of the most crucial parts of an album. It has to reflect the theme of the music, the lyrics, the atmosphere, and the name. Not only does it have to reflect those but it also has to summarize all of those in only one image. So it is süper important and hard to complete.
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 downside to it too?
-Today, social media is the holy ground for bands and musicians. Even if you are a musician/band who doesn’t perform live or put out CDs, you can be famous as long as you and your music are on social media. But if you are a full time musician, you have to be in the arena, performing live (a lot) and interacting face to face with your fans. But again, in both cases, you have to use the social media actively and in a good way to exist and to reach out to more people.
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?
-Of course. First of all, you have your bandmates, who are basically your family and when you get together to play your music to people and there are boys and girls mouthing the words you wrote, banging their heads to the music you composed, or singing along with you; basically attending to the show, you feel like you are stronger than ever. You can take over the world because all of those people there are marching with you.
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?
-We, as a band, are in a geography where everything suffers from ailments and so does the scene. But obviously, we still think that we can revitalize the scene here and jump to the parts of the world where there is already a built up scene that we know will accept our music. After that, if there is anything to fix there, we will strive for those too.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-It is hard for us to get gigs outside of our borders because of the political situations in our country. That is why in terms of touring outside of the country, we can’t be counted as a band who tours. But we do tour in Turkey every once in a while and lately we’ve been to Ukraine (Black Sea Metal Festival) and Belarus (United Metal Festival) for two amazing shows. More European dates are to be announced, so keep your ears peeled.
What will the future bring?
-That is a huge unknown. We have some plans for the next one or two years but first, we need to release our first LP ‘The Crossing’ and tour in and out of the country. We’ll be announcing more in the days to come so don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon, and what have you.