SOULLINE is another cool band that need your attention. So check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-soulline was born in 2000 without great expectations. the goal was to play together and have fun. Over time, the desire to carry our music around has grown. We love the confrontation with the audience in live: the exchange of vibes between stage and crowd is our only motivation.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
-I think this is a question of state aid. Living with music is not easy, but there are states like Sweden, for example, that have tax relief and subsidies for those who want to start a musical career. Even in Switzerland we have them, but the cost of living is still high and therefore few really come to live with music.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-Every concert we do is a joy for us. We played in more than 20 countries and the best thing about it is to feel that the metal scene is one big family. Being in a band means bringing respect to all band members, focusing in the same direction, respecting the bands we play with and above all giving always our best on stage of any size.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-this year we release “The Deep”, our 5 studio album. We like to read people’s opinions, because music has more keys to reading. we understand it in one way, and other people in another. it’s all about feeling and what it is important for us is that our music leave something to our fans, whether it’s a starting point for reflection, a burst of adrenaline or an emotion.
The most recurrent feedback in our case is that in live the audience can perceive our vibrations and our honesty on stage.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-We guess this during the recording session, but then we have the final confirmation when we play the song live. For example, our first single Leviathan – from our next album “The Deep” – we played it during our tour in Europe in the first part of 2018, and fans at the end of the concert asked us what album they could find it on.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-Compared to a few years ago, today the difference is no longer so noticeable… but we continue to use the valve!
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-It’s always a pleasure and a it is something that we never take for granted. We also love the after-show moment, where people comes to our merch stand to speak and to know us discussing about music.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Metal is action, but also feelings. And so we always take lyrics seriously. We always wrote about life. Problems, joys, sadness, frustration, hope and desire to live. With “The Deep” we wanted to write a sort of concept around that word. We went deep on the chaotic depths of the human soul. It’s a journey from darkness to the light of life. The concept is that every person have his own problems and dark shadows, but if there is the will to live happy, you can do it by finding a way out, a violent escape to ascend to the surface, to breathe air and rise again in the light of life.
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-Especially in the metal scene, the artwork is still important. But of course the use of music changed a lot (streaming) and artwork lose their importance.
What does the future hold?
-Every change is destabilizing but in the end in 18 years of Soulline we have passed many and we have not stopped in front of any obstacle, and so it will be in the future.