With an album dropping on Sliptrick Records STEELAWAKE are very much in the now. 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?
-We’d like to inspire people through our music and bring them into our world at the same time. We’d like to make them feel something, angry, hopeful, powerful, all the things we go through when we write our music and play it live.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name has a strong relationship with the content of many of our songs, which talk about how we are often blinded by things that are not important, almost asleep, without being able to see what really matters and to focus on what’s really important to us. We like to think that we are “still awake”.

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?
-We listen to a lot of music and we like to get inspired by the bands we love, like Paparoach, Seether, Three Days Grace, Skillet and so on.

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?
-When we started, our singer had already written many songs, so we started off by following his music style and then each member gave their own contribution, which eventually defined our sound

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?
-We don’t know about that, we still enjoy listening to albums on our car 🙂 Single tracks should help prepare the audience for an album, that’s what we did with our first single. When you listen to a full album, you get the essence of a band, it’s the only way you can really enter their world and have a full experience of their music.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It’s hard to catch people’s attention nowadays, so maybe the best way to do an art-work is just trying to focus on being original and trying to express your music through an image

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 has definitively changed the rules of music promotion, and you need to now them very well. If you study a few things, take care of your profiles and always reply to your followers, the results will show.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Playing in a band makes you feel like you’re part of an alternate world, one where people explore their own emotions and try to create something through music. It’s like being part of a club which has its own language, and you can speak it too. It’s a wonderful way to connect with other people with the same passion. Don’t know if you can call it a scene, but it’s definitively something that’s there.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We didn’t have the chance to tour a lot yet, but we’ve being playing a few shows lately and each gig is a great opportunity to discover other cool bands and of course to promote your music. If you do well on stage, people will follow and support you anyway they can.

What will the future bring?
-First of all, our first album, which will be released in Autumn 2018 via Sliptrick Records. We can’t wait for it. We’re gonna go back on stage and play many more gigs from September on, and we’re very excited about that too. New music videos are definitively on the list, along with acoustic versions of our songs. And hopefully a lot more. So stay tuned and follow us!

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