SPIRAL SKIES is a band that I have featured before but with a debut album out I just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-A big question, but of course we hope people will feel something while listening to our music… and that our music adds something new to people’s ears.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-For a long while the band didn’t have any name. We did actually have a workshop to find the right one for us, ending up voting. To pick a band name is not easy. However, we found inspiration in one of Black Sabbath’s lyrics, and that was the words “Spiral Skies”.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-All the band members have very different musical backgrounds and influences, so we find inspiration in different kind of things. Of course there are some bands we all like, – like Jefferson Airplane, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, to name a few – but our musical range is much wider than that. In the beginning – We all united in that we wanted to play 70’s inspired rock, but with a unique touch.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-As mentioned above, we wanted to play rock that reminded of the great 70’s acts, but with a unique blend, so we had that all clear. However, some of the band members have played together earlier in a total different musical genre. Before Frida joined the band our songs was not so much about vocal harmonies, vocal range and vocal expression – we had been playing instrumental quite long. So our sound developed while all the 5 of us was on joined the ride, and that is the sound that became Spiral Skies.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Frida: The album concept is not what it was, and as you say – it is more common nowadays to release single tracks or EP:s. One reason for this is that it takes a lot of time to accomplish an album, and that time is not truly longer as accepted either by labels or listeners. Artists are supposed to spit out album after album, and I cannot see how this manner would not affect the quality of the songwriting. One thing that gets lost while releasing a single song is that we all have a certain vision of how the songs should be presented, on the album. It is a ride you want to take the listener on. But on the other hand, the LP-format is rising in popularity tremendously so there is obviously an interest in buying and listening to albums, not just single tracks.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Artwork and layout is very important to all of us, such as all the graphics – like band pictures, music video and so on. We all have visions about all these stuff, so back in the days it took a while to agree on these stuff, but on the other hand, we´re damn satisfied with all the final result. It was worth it!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media is important when it comes to promote music. Good thing about it is that the artist can have a directly and honest communication with the fan/listener, and the bad thing is that it takes a lot of time. For a small band like us, we have to put a lot of effort in promotion, while we rather would have like to concentrate on the music. But that is how the business is.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Well, the fact that our songs (hopefully) will hang around for the rest of our lives, and on to our next generation, is a thing that makes you humble. If you manage to impact people and influence others, that is of course amazing and it makes one proud. Like you´re doing something important and contribute.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-we hope to get the opportunity to play live more outside of Sweden. We really enjoy playing live, and this summer is quite filled with festivals, such as Sweden rock, and of course our release gig 18th of May. But we are eager to do our first tour. About spreading the word of the band – it is hard to beat the” force of the internet. “
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully we will be able to attract more listeners, and to keep on writing new songs and as mentioned above – make a tour or two.