STORMWITCH is one of these classic German heavy metal bands that have survived the wheel of time. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-I agree with you, there are only 12 tones. Personally, I am always inspired by new melodies, riffs, etc. For me, it’s important that a song has a great vocal melody and pushes it right.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-In the past, the songs were created in the rehearsal room. This is no longer the case today. Today, we send us the song ideas via mp3 and work on them. So for the most part also “Bound to the Witch” was created like this. For some songs, Andy already had the vocal melody and underlined it with his acoustic guitar. We had also pre-produced some songs and sent them to Andy for further editing. Then we met with Andy and discussed the structure of the songs. Then both of us, Tobi and I, did the pre-production.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-My enthusiasm for literature has always been very great, especially for the English gothic fiction that arose in the mid-eighteenth century and flourished at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The supernatural and the unconventional has fascinated me from the beginning, as well as extraordinary personalities. Some of the texts also contain my own observations or beliefs.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you identify with?
-We grew up in the 80s. And of course it also inspired us. But of course we also hear the newer stuff today like Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch etc.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-You should of course find a connection between the album title and the artwork. I think we have succeeded with this. For the artwork our friend Michael Vetter was responsible in consultation with us.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion?
-Of course, these illegal download stories have destroyed a lot. The bands did not sell enough CDs anymore and could not cover the production costs anymore. In the meantime, industry has, as I believe, learned the right lessons. Through all the legal portals that exist now, it does not make sense anymore to download something illegally. As a band, you do not earn as much as you used to in sales, but at least you do not go empty-handed.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I have almost answered you this question before. I see it as a chance that our music can be heard by a wider audience. You get a higher range through these portals, so you can win new fans faster.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Playing live is always the greatest fun. There is nothing better, if you present your music and get the resonance of the audience live.
What lies in the future?
-We will now play more live gigs to present the new songs to our fans live.