SELLSWORD

SELLSWORD is a band that is new to me. As I wanted to know more about them I sent them an interview request. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce the band to us?
-We are Sellsword! A seriously unserious power metal band hailing from the battlefields of North Yorkshire. Do you want songs about swords? Do you have silver? …Then we’re the band for you.

When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-We all knew from the off that we wanted to have fun and make music that we could enjoy – if other people like what we do that’s a bonus!

How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-A sellsword is a mercenary; a blade for hire. To us our name informs everyone exactly what they’re letting themselves in for… swords, battle and silliness.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is not really something that plays a major part in what we do – as long as people who watch us can see we’re having a good time on stage hopefully that fun will rub off on them.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Art work can be a very powerful; it can mean the difference between picking an album up to look at it, or leaving it on the shelf. If the art work itself can give a flavour of what the band does then all the better!

How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-Social media is an excellent way of getting your name out there, advertising gigs etc. but it’s being on stage and bringing enthusiasm and enjoyment to our fans that really matters.

When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-It depends on where you are – some areas have a much bigger metal community than others – but wherever we play there’s always a great feeling of support from the audience. Metal crowds are always the best – that’s why we play metal!

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot so on your own?
-Being signed would be great as record companies have contacts etc. that a lot of unsigned/independent bands don’t have access to, but I think these days it’s less of an issue than it would have been say, 20 years ago. Home recording quality is almost as good as a studio (if you know what you’re doing) and you can get your albums out into the public view via social media… it’s just a case of plugging away.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We’re still a fairly new band, so we gig locally for the main part. However we will be playing in Birmingham on May 3rd at Aonia Fest – it’s the furthest afield we’ve been so far but it’s just the beginning!

What will the future bring?
-Glory! Victory! Beer!

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