In a perfect World there would be no female fronted metal bands. There’d be just metal bands. For those of you that have missed out on STREAM OF PASSION here’s a chance to catch up with what vocalist Marcela have to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now but how do you go from pretty much a project to becoming a band? What was there that made it live its own life after that first album?
I think it was mostly based on the drive we had to continue working together and making music; we had enjoyed the shows we had together so much and saw a lot of promise in the band, so we decided to continue. It took quite some adjusting and figuring out how the dynamics between us would be like, but nowadays I can’t even remember it ever being a project. The guys and I have so much fun making music together that it feels like we’ve been buddies since kindergarden.
You’ve released a couple of albums by now and probably toured the Globe. What kind of reactions do you get now that you’ve established yourself as a band to reckon with?
-We’ve been really blessed that everywhere we go we always receive wonderful reactions from the audiences we play for. We’ve done a few support tours, and in those situations it can be a big gamble whether the public will like what you’re doing or just impatiently wait for the main band to get on stage! But in our case it’s always gone really, really great; so I think we’ve been able to win some hearts every time.
Searching the net I’ve found fan pages for the band. How does it feel that there are people that you’ve touched so deeply that they want to devote time to keeping your name alive?
-It’s wonderful! We’re so thankful to the fans for the time they devote spreading the word about the band; the pages they’ve made, the pictures they post and tag on Facebook, their Twitter messages… We love to keep in touch with our followers so we keep track of everything! We really appreciate what they do!
I guess you all come from different experiences in previous bands. How do you take that with you and create something new? How different is it to start anew in another band when you’ve been used to working closely with other people?
-There’s always a big period of adjustment, but I think sooner or later things settle in and you can find a work dynamic that works the best for the band. The fact that we’re all experienced really helps; we know how hard it is to write music altogether, we know that someone has to take the lead and make decisions, and that you should always have a very clear idea of what you are doing and where you want to go with your music.
When you are signed to a label like Napalm Records that is small in comparison to the major labels and with the state the recording industry is in today, how much support can you get in terms of promotion and touring?
-Napalm knows their audience really, really well. They have a very trusty network and a good relationship with the people in them; so even though we don’t get major label budgets we know they’re going to aim their efforts on a way that will help us reach the people we want to reach.
How hard is it to be a band in this age of digital downloading, where people expect to get everything for free?
-Well it’s mostly really weird. I get downloading, I love it that all the music I’m interested in is at my reach (I do pay for my downloads, I should add!). But yeah, the whole industry is upside down because of it; I bet we can figure out a way that downloading works, but we still have to put some big thought into it.
Do you feel that the digital downloading is killing the music scene? How does this affect being a band? Do you have to think differently when promoting the band?
-I don’t think it’s killing the music scene. If anything it’s broadening the choices people have, which is not a bad thing at all. CD sales are dropping but that doesn’t mean that there are less people interested in making music, so the scene will live on. We do have to get a lot more creative when promoting the band, that’s true; gig fees and merchandise income become way more important, for instance.
When you are a small band how do you survive in between touring and recording? What do you do to survive when the spot light isn’t directed at you?
-We work! We all have “normal” jobs we do in between. I, for instance, am a software developer; it’s less rock and roll, but also creative work I really enjoy.
There seem to be a whole female fronted metal force going on with labels releasing just that kind of metal and web sites devoted to just promoting female fronted metal. Have you noticed a different kind of interest because of this phenomenon?
-Not sure if it’s different, but the scene is certainly getting bigger and bigger. To be honest I’m just waiting for the moment we stop calling it “female fronted metal” in the same way we don’t call the rest “male fronted metal”; it’s heavy music, we like it, that’s it!
What ca new expect from Stream Of Passion in the near future?
-We have a few nice shows coming up, and we’re looking into interesting possibilities for shows later on the year (nothing confirmed yet, tho). Our biggest priority is writing new material for a new album, that’s what will be keeping us busy the upcoming months.