SAREA is another Swedish band that i am not too familiar with so i had to interview them to get to know a bit more about them. 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?
-Looking back at the ‘Black at Heart’ album makes us really happy. We’re very proud of the album and it’s definitely our best to date. Both song writing and production’s been improved compared to our earlier creations.

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?
-Actually, our band name is a bit of a mystery and sort of a semi-secret. We just wanted a name that stood out without actually meaning anything. “It’s just a name”, almost like Sarah…

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 the world to us! That’s one of the biggest reason we do this. We do it because we love playing music and because we want to influence people in any possible positive way, with our music.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I guess it’s kinda important. In our genre I don’t think it’s a too big deal though. Still we want to give a clean and well thought through impression in everything we do.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It’s very important since many people might see your cover art even before hearing your music. A good or bad artwork might be the dealbreaker for an upcoming band. And also, I’ve always had the idea that the artwork should add yet another perspective and deep to the music with the right graphical style.

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?
For us it’s been almost only beneficial, I’d say. Sure, there are a lot of scumbags and trolls out there always trying to fool you and make money on your behalf, but I don’t think we’d come half as far as we’ve done without YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

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?
-It sure does! It’s a way of living and it’s a way of making friends for life through the common love for music and everything related.

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?
-The scene isn’t healthy at all. It’s a really weird business I’d say, and it’s always been but in different ways depending on what century we’re in. But at the end of the day it’s definitely worth all the weird stuff for getting the opportunity to do what you love.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We tour “as much as possible”. But it’s always a matter of money and logistics. We’ve been cheated before, so we’re pretty picky with the tours/festivals and shows we play nowadays. And no, for us it’s not hard to get gigs outside Sweden, but as I said, it’s a matter of money and logistics.

What will the future bring?
-The future will bring more heavy music fron Sarea and even more energic live shows across the globe!

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