In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with STEEL NIGHT. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-The pressure is different, in the case of our demo we did it thinking mainly to be able to have something to show people and see their response. We thought of some powerful songs to get attention back then. Things were very different for the album, we came back from Germany with the plan to make this LP so as not to feel that we only went to play but to know that we grew as a band, this is where the clear pressure comes in that we seek success but we focus more on something that we all liked, our pressure was to make an album that had strong themes, fast tracks, epic songs that do not bore you when you listen to them and that each song makes you feel something different. We believe that if we achieve this and we like it, we will also like the people.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-Well, we have great expectations like any other artist, whenever we release something singl, EP, some photo or any other material we think about the amount of people that will like it, all that we release is a small part of us for the public and we do it with passion. As for the goal, we really do not put any in particular, simply that it must have the necessary quality so that we like it.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-We’ve seen people singing songs like “Red Alert” and “Wings of Steel” and we’re more than happy to know that they like them and take the time to learn them, imagine how many times they should’ve listen to it to know their lyrics. We are really proud to know that we have followers who like what we do.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Of course, yes! “Fight till the end” is the album that opened the doors of new scenarios like Wacken’s. Since then, our material has been transmitted throughout the world in countries such as Germany, Argentina, Australia, France, Holland, England, United Kingdom, USA, Ecuador, Spain, Sweden and Brazil. And that has obtained good reviews despite being our first LP.
Regarding the lyrics it is necessary to have a certain continuity, due to the fact that we do not betray our audience and ourselves, everything started with the lyrics or the stories we wanted to tell the world through Heavy Metal, which they adopted and were appreciated for those people who share our taste for Heavy Metal of the 80’s.
As for artwork, you have a little more freedom to evolve or improve a little. Taking care not to leave behind our beginning, that image with dyes of animations or movies of science fiction (of the 80s) with certain simplicity but with power as is demanded by Metal.
P.S. Keep in mind that the rows of “Steel Night” have two new members (Richard DeVoll on the drums and Jebuz Mota on the bass) This adds an infinity of proposals and musical and artistic styles for our future projects as a band, as well as we invite to be attentive to our new releases.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-No haha, in Mexico the scene is just starting to grow again, so the community is small and if you play Heavy Metal it is even smaller. In the same way we do not want to be typecasted into being part of a community if with our music we can reach more people, it’s worth a try.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-We think it is difficult, since care must be taken not to abandon the style but at the same time it must be a little different. For this it helps to mix ideas or inspirations of bands that are not of the same musical style, you must have an imagination and creativity to be able to visualize how something with such mixtures of styles or ideas can sound, and giving a touch of some song already created by us so that it maintains the musical style.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Well, the main sources of inspiration are a mix of bands from the 80’s (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Tokyo Blade, Virtue, Grim Reaper, Pretty Maids, etc.) but also from new NWOTHM bands (Air Raid, Blackslash , Enforcer, Cauldron, Skull Fist, Hitten, Monument, Striker, etc.).
As for the inspiration for the composition, they are ideas that arrive at times, other times they arise when you are reading a book and others only to express what you feel through music and I think it is not always important to carry a message, such as I mean, I think it depends on what the song is about, if it tells a story I do not think it conveys a message. But when it’s a song of something you want to express yourself, I think that’s where that message should be transmitted, and of course, every record should have at least one song that conveys an important message (reflection, criticism, opinion, motivation, etc.).
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-For emerging bands like us, the sale of discs is something important and it is good to know that they increase because that means that our income to create new things as well.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-It’s a meaningless fight. Digital has its good points, it helps us reach places that we would never think to be heard. But in these times there is a boom of new bands that give you minimal opportunities to excel over others. It is a constant job to be in the eye of the people, to be able to be in their top bands. The physical is something more nostalgic, someone who buys you a CD is because he really wants it and likes to appreciate all the art that surrounds having it this way, but it’s a little harder to reach people with it.
What lies in the future?
-We have medium and long-term goals. One of them is touring our country with the album we are releasing, as well as playing in different national and international festivals again if we have the opportunity, also launching some video with the new single to keep making noise with the album and Maybe some international tour either in America or Europe again. And in the long term, release the second LP.