SOOTHSAYER

This is not the cult Canadian SOOTHSAYER. This is an Irish lot that bear the same name. You should nonetheless check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-When we first formed, our only intention was to create some darkly toned, emotive music that stirred us. We stay honest when we write and we produce what comes naturally to us. That same ethic remains today.

As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-We are never 100% satisfied with anything that we do, be it with a recording, performance or otherwise. I guess that is a good thing as we continuously strive to improve.

When I saw your name the first time I thought you were the Canadian band of the same name that released some cool stuff in the 80s/early 90s but you’re not.
-Nope, we’re much better looking! They are a really cool band though.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We’re not too conscious of our image, really. There are zero attempts to physically portray ourselves a certain way. We are how we are. Even if we tried a particular image or style out, I doubt we’d be very good at it. Honesty is key where we are coming from.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Thank you. The artwork was painted by our singer which is handy as he can convey the same feeling through his voice, words and art. We like to keep all of our creative work within the band. It’s important for us to have complete creative control over what we are doing. We wouldn’t respond well if we were being told what to do or how to present ourselves.

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?
-Social Media can be a useful tool if you don’t get too sucked in. It has allowed us to reach more fans, which is great, but as you say, it is a very superficial thing, thriving on “hits” and “likes”. So far we have not experienced a downside to it’s use, but we do keep it at arms-length. The focus is always heavier on the creation rather than the selling.

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Absolutely. Particularly when you gig with a band who seems to be playing along the same “vibe” as you are. It does become a community, and a very supportive one. We share comradery with several bands across our Emerald Isle who we’d consider to be fellow Spiritual Warriors. Partholón, Horse, Zhora and Nomadic Rituals are each Irish juggernauts to be experienced.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Well our label, Transcending Obscurity Records, have helped us enormously in terms of getting our music heard. We are not very good at the self promotion aspect of being in a band so to have somebody passionately doing that on our behalf is a tremendous thing. Kunal (Transcending Obscurity mainman) is an absolute legend and is working his label at a superhuman level of strength. He has given us exposure that we would never have grasped if we were on our own.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
– As of yet, we have not left our island. This is something that we intend on fixing very soon. We are hoping to escape these shores this year. It is a little difficult for Irish bands to get out of here so if anyone reading this is willing to extend the invitation to 5 hungry Irishmen, then get in touch!

What will the future bring?
-Success, Sorrow, Frustration, Excitement, Agony, Joy, Turmoil, Noise and all that we seek… We are the Soothsayer.

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