With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to STEELPREACHER. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-In my opinion, the band’s name should always represent the sound of the band (fast/brutal/melodic/dirty etc.). That’s the theory, but the truth is: The name doesn’t really matter. Once you’ve heard the band’s name and it’s music often enough, you connect them in your brain and it starts feeling right and fitting.

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Honestly? When I was 17, I thought that playing guitar would bring me some chicks. I started a band when I was 20 after I had heard that the bands always have free drinks. *lol*

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-Our music contains elements of Hard Rock, Power Metal, NWOBHM, Hair Metal as well as sometimes some dark and epic stuff. We just call it METAL.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-We used to record our first albums live at the studio – just adding solos and vocals afterwards. With our 4th album we started to record “like the Pros”. Right now we are playing with the idea to record our 6th album live again. We’ll see…

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-My vocal teacher back in the 90s told me: “When ever you come up with an awesome chord progression or melody, you can be sure that the Beatles had it before.” And that’s still true to this very day. After all you can always only sound like the bands that have inspired you. You just can’t do NEW stuff, there are only 12 tones in western music. It all has been there before: Chords, melodies, lyrics. You have to accept that fact and try to have fun with “your song” anyway.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-In times of digital downloads, the graphics on a CD/LP are more important than ever. We always invest a good amount of our buget in the cover artwork.

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Albums are still relevant, but in a different way. Back in the days, you sold a lot of copies. Nowadays a album is important because a new album means a new tour, which means new merch and more merch sales. Sad but true…

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-When ever a new technology, style, fashion, ideology or whatever came up, people wehe afraid of it and thought “this is the end of the world as we know ist”. But it never was for real. The world will ALWAYS change, whether you like it or not. Accept the change and go with it – there’s nothing else that you can do.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-The german metal scene is awesome and especially our region here (Koblenz) is great for Metal Maniacs. I guess we have quiet a good scene here with not only a few fans. 😉

What does the future hold?
-We’ve recorded a live DVD this December with our friends from Dragonsfire and Secutor. The release will be in May 2019. Meanwhile we will continue songwriting. I hope to bring out a new album in 2020.

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