Check out STARMEN. Iftghey don’t put a smile on your face then I don’t know what will. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Asolutely. things have gone much better than expected. we have received so much good feedback on our record from every corner of the world that you think it is candid camera!

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We love to record new songs, and we do it a lot. Its a creative and very inspiring process and most of the times the resault meets the expectations.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-For each song you make together in the studio the ID of the sound of the band get clearer and I think we have reached a point were we can say that we have found our own tyoical STARMEN-sound. And thats very important to have an own ID for a band. Theres no point to sound like other bands and always be second best.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-It depends, what kind of song it is, if its a plain rocknroll-tune I think a simple love-lyric can do, but if the song conveys a feeling I think the lyrics should match that feeling. We have a lot of lyrics concerning the way we humans mistreat this planet wich is a important topic to deal with.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-I have grown up looking at my favorite bands coversleeves so for me its kind of important that it is something cool for the eye, you are supposed to sell the band with that picture so it has to be something attractive in any way. I guess it sells but the vinyl and the cd dont sell that much these days unfortately.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-The UK and USA england and the usa have such a huge head start and were therefore the ones who founded pop and rock music so we others try to listen and learn. I think Sweden / the Nordic countries have a similar feeling for melodies like U.K and USA and that is why I think we have been able to be so successful. Our success is definitely our songs. We are very proud of our material and if you do not have good songs then you disappear after a day. We want to achieve like any other preformer: to reach as many ears with your music and hopefully make this planet a little better place to be.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-It very hard to get through with your music these days but we have a combination of keys. We have a great distributor (sound pollution) that ensures that we are visible and heard in all the right places, sights, radio channels and more. And then we have our music and our gimmick in the make-up and cool clothing.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Wouldnt it be cool if we could have MTV back. I loved MTV. It was a good plattform for presenting old and new acts. I think youtube will be a more powerful stage than the actuall old stage in the future.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-I think classic rock always will survive the test of time like many other genres like reggey, singsongwritter-pop and more. For the moment rock is not what you hear on radio and in the 80´s you did but the music business always change and comes back in new forms so it wouldt be suprising that in the future classic rock will have a revival for the masses.

What does the future hold for you?
-We will continue making good music, albums, videos and of course try to conquer the world !!!!!!!!

All the best !

Kristian Hermanson

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