STREAM OF PASSION

I don’t get star struck but there are bands that feel like unreachable. I never thought I’d get to interview STREAM OF PASSION but here it is. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Very, we had a lot of options and didn’t like any of them. After quite a few days we settled for “Stream of Passion”, which is also a fragment of the lyrics of one of our first songs, “Passion”. We liked it because it not only reflects how driven our music is, but also the fact that the first album was written through the Internet by members living in different continents.

Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
-It’s called “A War Of Our Own”, and it’s an album we’ve released independently thanks to the help of our fans who contributed through a crowdfunding campaign. It’s an album that reflects the different struggles we went through over the past couple of years, and struggles of people around us.

What would you say has been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Hard to say, it’s not only one thing but the broad spectrum of influences we’ve had that makes our sound characteristic I think

What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-I live in Eindhoven, The Netherlands; in this city we host the first ever music education focused on metal. The school is called Metal Factory, and because of it the metal scene is quickly growing and becoming more diverse, it’s fantastic! I teach at the school so I also feel part of this development.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-In a way, yes. Mostly because of the fact that I’m a woman playing in a metal band; all of us women in metal look for each other in a way, and we share experiences and tips with each other. I also receive a lot of mail and messages from women aspiring to be metal musicians, which is great.

When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Why not birds and bees? Could work for an atmospheric metal album 🙂 But yeah, what’s a great cover… one that portrays the same emotions as the music I’d say; I also like it when there’s a lot use of symbolism.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital music fits more with how the world works nowadays: we want all the info, and we want it now. Is it killing music? Not necessarily. It depends on how you reach your audience and involve them in your process. In our case, our crowdfunding was a big success because we stay connected to our fans and they care about us as much to back us up when we need their help.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-There’s a very vivid live scene for symphonic metal in Holland, I guess because it’s where most of the big bands come from. The fans of the genre are also fantastic, very open minded and always enthusiastic about discovering new bands.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Both!

What would you like to see the future bring?
-For the band? Going to new places, further exploring our influences in our new songs, enjoy a lot more live gigs and share special moments with our fans.

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