STARBLIND

STARBLIND is yet another Swedish band that are new to me. But that doesn’t stop me from checking them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-It feels great now that it’s finally done since it’s been in production for quite a while. It’s a great album and we hope our fans will love it as much as we do.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-We had several suggestions so we held a vote. The name ”Starblind” won. We feel that our band name describes our music perfectly.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-That means everything to us. Without our fans we would probably not be doing the things we do.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is in our opinion very important to every band. We believe that the important part of the image isn’t how a band dresses or how the members behave, but instead how the music is preformed and presented. Our albums are recorded live, so what you hear on the albums is what you will get when seeing us live.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We wanted an album cover that accurately represented the theme and feeling of the album. The story from the title track ”Never Seen Again” captures that feeling and so the artwork is based on that.

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?
-We believe that social media is very important. If you’re not on social media plattforms today, you do not exist.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Well, yeah. Even if we didn’t play in a band we would still feel like a part of the metal community. I’m not sure it’s the one thing that gives meaning to my life though, but it’s definitely makes life more fun.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-From our point of view the scene is doing pretty well. Bands today may not get as big as they did back in the 80’s but that’s only because there are so many more bands today and because everything is much more accessible in this digital age.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We really love being on the road touring! Depending on the social situations of the band members with work and families, we really need to plan the tours.
After the tour when we opened for Tim ”Ripper” Owens, we got the opportunity to establish contact with a lot of wonderful people around Europe from the metal scene. When we feel ready to hit the road again, we’ll probably have a bunch of places to visit again.

What will the future bring?
-Right now the main focus is making the last preparations on releasing ”Never Seen Again” (24th Nov). We hava a release gig planned early 2018 in Stockholm, and the activities for the rest of the year is also being planned. Unfortunately we cannot reveal more at this moment.
At the same time we’re working on new songs for future albums….

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