SPARTAN

I remember seeing the name SPARTAN mentioned in different medias but I can’t recall ever having heard anything by them. Could be my memory playing a trick on me but that doesn’t stop me from interviewing them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

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?
-We started out just jamming, playing some music. But as the line-up changed, so too did our style. It’s only been a couple since we’ve really found what makes us Spartan, by combining all our different influences.

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?
-Ghehehe, recording is like a bottomless pit sometimes, you can really get stuck in and not even recognize the song you wrote, until you take some time off and listen to it with an open mind. We’re pretty happy with our latest album, but we took way too long to record it. Next time we will set ourselves more (and stricter) deadlines so that won’t happen again.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-The name Spartan only got meaning after we really found our sound, and started working towards a common goal as a band. And eventually we added more to the Greek Mythology theme.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image and presentation is what sets a band apart from the rest. I think what we want our fans to see, is that we love doing what we do. We’re out there to have a great evening, and play the music that we like: Heavy metal!

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Album artwork is the first thing some people see, when they spot your cd at a shop. So yeah, it’s really important that it stands out, and catches your eye. For our latest album we teamed up with a great graphics artist from the Netherlands (Dracorubio), who did an amazing job on our album design.

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?
-It’s true that YouTube and Facebook are important, but I wouldn’t call it superficial. It’s just a tool that allows people to communicate. And the same goes for us, it allows us to communicate directly with our friends and fans, which is great! The only downside is that Facebook itself is making it more and more difficult for small bands like us to get our messages out to our fans, without having to pay for ads…

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-For us, the band itself is like a family, but our fans are also a big part of it. As a metalhead, I think we’re all part of the same massive community.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-The way I see it is that we should welcome all the help we can get. It’s really hard to juggle a personal life (family etc.), a job, the music, and all the administrative hassle that comes with it. Our label (Into the Limelight Records) makes sure our cd’s and merch end up with the fans, and takes care of the financial stuff, and our management/booker (Agentur EAM) helps us book shows, and negotiates tough deals for us. Without them, we would probably not have any time left to write new songs.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Well, we’re not really at the level to call ourselves a touring band yet, but we love to play. We have plenty of shows in Holland, and are going on a UK tour next week (May 5 – 14). We also have a couple of shows abroad at festivals in Czech Republic and Romania, and in the past we have toured with bands like Marduk and Rotting Christ. But yeah, getting shows outside of the Netherlands isn’t easy, but that only makes it all the more exciting when it happens!

What will the future bring?
-Hopefully a lot of shows all around the world, and meeting plenty of new fans and friends!

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