SYTERIA

The cool thing with doing this is that I get contacted by really cool bands, like SYTERIA that features Girlschool member Jackie Chambers. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
JAX : I’ve been writing songs now for a long time now and some of the tracks on Rantobot I had already demoed at home and really wanted to hear them all played well and produced properly in a good studio, whichi is what we got. Recording this album was such a fun experience, it came together really easily as we’ve been playing the song for a little while now live. Because we enjoy what we do too there’s a fun and energetic element to the sound and with an amazing engineer like Tim Hamill from Sonic 1 studios what came about was exactly what we wanted to hear.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
JAX : When we were deciding on a name we came up with a whole sheet of them and 1 by 1 we checked on line and there’d be a death metal band from Norway or elsewhere with that name lol . I’d been reading something about meditation, as I do a lot of meditating these days, and I came across the word siteria and liked the sound of it, I think it’s a plant or something and a girls name. We all liked the sound of it but thought we’d use a ‘Y’ instead of the ‘I’ as we thought it looked better written down, most people get it mixed up and call us sisteria which is an easy mistake to make and that was 1 possible name we had originally.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
JAX : It means the world as I wasn’t sure how we’d be perceived or how much interest we would get when I first started the band. i’ m still blown away and totally humbled by the fabulous response.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
JAX : I didn’t really put a lot of thought into an exact image. I think it’s important to be who you actually are on stage, luckily for us we all love to dress up and have the same sort of style too. So there’s no actual plan to dress a certain way

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
JAX : Very important indeed. I remember the days of buying Vinyl and it was so exciting. The picture sleeves really draw you in, so when we thought of the concept to Rantobot we had something specific in mind, Ritchie Stone was the artist who brought it all together and we think he did a great job with it all.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socialising with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
JAX : This is a whole new and different world for me but I’m starting to embrace it. I can see the benefits in using social media. I also love to socialise with fans as that’s what it’s all about. We are starting now to do a few videos and push the facebook and twitter pages so that people know what’s going on. The down side to it all is that it takes up so much time and I’d rather be out there on stage and meeting people afterwards.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
JAX : Yes, it’s like a little family, especially when we’re travelling around doing gigs and sharing hotel rooms also the audience is like an extended family

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
JAX : We live in a such a throw away culture right now, pop music has become is like a conveyor belt, 1 in the spotlight and thousands right behind them ready to take over for their 15 mins of fame, then totally forgotten about when they reach 23 or so or don’t have a hit with their next single. It used to be that there were development deals, that bands would have 5 albums to prove themselves and build up a loyal following, that just doesn’t seem to happen now, it’s more like a 1 single deal, it fails and you’re finished, next pretty young thing please and that is such a shame as there are a lot of very talented musicians out there who are writing great music. In Rock it’s not quite as bad as pop music but still when we turn on rock channels, in the main they seem to be playing older bands and not pushing new ones so much. There are a few great events going on around the UK now that really push new bands, like an Introducing stage at th Giants Of Roc festival and the Breaking bands festival which we are about to do and it is sold out, so that proves people still want to see new and upcoming bands.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
JAX : We would love to be on the road the whole time but right now we are considered a new band and need to build up a following of sorts before venues will take a chance on booking us. We are concentrating on festivals at the moment in order to build up that following. We have played nearly all our gigs so far in the UK being a UK band… but would really love to go further afield as soon as we can.

What will the future bring?
JAX : Lot’s more gigs and new songs ready for when we start recording our 2nd album. We’ll also do a few videos too in the hope we gain new fans that way through youtube and other social outlets and of course we will continue to write new songs as we go

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