With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SOLAR FLARE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It took a while we went through a few before we landed on one not in use by anyone (at the time).
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-Oooh, interesting question! For the general average swath of people who are probably a little less in touch with the scene in different genre I usually tell people we’re an 80s style metal band. Though we have some modern sensibilities in our approach and presentation.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Iron Maiden. I also took opera lessons earlier in life. Having a sound that wraps around my style of vocals is just perfect.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-We’ve got a great scene really. Although I think anyone can develop and do anything they’re after even without a scene. However, having the scene, and making connections with people definitely helps in bringing you to where you want to be faster, and more efficiently. It’s like taking lessons at your instrument, ya know? You can arrive where you’re wanting to get to, but having someone give you guidance can take so much time of trial and error out of your hands.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-That’s an interesting idea. Perhaps, it all depends on your outlook on it. Some say we’re apart of this vintage style of metal “movement” coming out of Cincinnati. But who’s to say I mean I wanted to do this style before I had any connection to the scene. But maybe the “movement” in its infancy opened the door for the larger possibilities? That’s a lot to think about now. Is fate real? Or is this just a ride?
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-You’re knocking it out of the park on these questions! Definitely something eye catching to me. I really like theming in the album artwork. I think there’s so much you can do to make your art to work in tandem with your music. A couple of album covers I really love are:
Any Yes album cover really
And of course our own album cover my lovely girlfriend sat down with me and put my brain image on a paper and I love it!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-that’s truly a loaded question. I think that digital opens the door for much more people to have access to your music. However with digital comes a harder means of actually earning an income in some instances. Ultimately there’s got to be a restructuring of the rock/metal industry in general allowing new talent to have more agency and airplay. Hip hop is killing it with cycling in new talent all the time. With rock and metal it seems far more archaic to me. What happens when there’s no more legacy acts?
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Personally from my experience with playing in my band, and watching bands in the same vain as us in varying levels of success; This live scene is definitely one of the most positive and upbeat scenes. It’s always a positive experience!
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I treat every show with professionalism. I like to make sure things are going to run smoothly, but of course that involves us to have fun. So I make sure to also keep things light hearted and fun too! Even when we hit a snag! Oh well we’ll still have a fun time! I remember one show we played locally supporting our buddies in the band High Council who were on tour at the time. It started as a huge mess the venue sent home someone early so we couldn’t use the bigger stage like what was agreed on till last minute another band on the bill dropped out due to a few reasons. us and high council were said “F#*! it” and did the show anyway! So much fun!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-I’d love to the future to bring us opportunities to grow, and to play shows!