When you name yourself SCORCHER you set the bar high. If you don’t deliver you’ll fall flat on your face and can never ever show it again. Fortunately this band stands tall. Anders Edkahl ©2016
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-A metal fan likes the heavy sound, pounding drums and melodies that will travel his mind while listening to music. And that’s what we are trying to do with our tunes. Playing interesting music that will catch the ear of the listener. This is what I expected as a fan when I got into this music and this is what we’re trying to achieve. Lyrics are also very crucial as to whether a song is to become a part of the listener or not.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-With so many bands around, it was a little bit difficult to pick the right name but in the end we finally got it. The way I see it, it expresses retribution through fire rather than a burned land or something. I like fire so maybe that played its role.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest to name a few. I’m also a big death metal fan but that occurred a little bit later. It’s magic coming out of the speakers. Inspiration derives from life it self. Sometimes the music is manipulating my feelings giving me a subject to write something for.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-I started as a solo artist and recorded a demo with six tunes with the name “TEX”. “Labyrinth” was published in 2011 and the year after “Scorcher” was born with the debut album. I was still a solo artist until the end of 2012 when we finally started gigging as a whole band for the promotion of the album. Having said this short story, I should say that heavy metal was always the right music for “Scorcher “.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Only time will tell
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Fans are attracted in different ways. I think the best thing to do is try to be the best you can be in every aspect concerning the band, the album, the gig.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Absolutely. I believe that Internet has changed the whole scenery regarding a band’s life or a musician’s life in general. As for promotion i believe there are many ways to get out to the public, according to the band’s budget and how wide you want the band’s name to spread.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Playing music makes you feel better. Nothing more, nothing less.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We didn’t have the chance to tour yet, nevertheless we played gigs when the band was full. Then we went through some changes and at the moment we are searching for a drummer.
What will the future bring?
-A new album is on its way so you can expect new material coming out in 2017. Hopefully the band will be full again ready to hit the stage.