THE DEFIANTS

the defiantsThe first time I saw the name THE DEFIANTS I assumed that they’d be some sort of extreme metal but the truth couldn’t be further from the edge. But this is still a cool band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-The band was formed initially as a fun outlet to record some new material. We didn’t look farther than that, but were of course open to the idea of it becoming more.
As far as the sound, and direction, that was easy. Fun, aggressive melodic rock with tons of hooks is what we do best so why mess with that?

As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-We’re pretty satisfied with the outcome of this record. As writers and musicians, there are always things you record that you feel could have been better, but given the circumstances, we feel that the result was pretty much exactly what we we were going for when we started.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-That’s easy. It has to sound and look cool to us, and the play on the word “Defiant” was very intriguing to me. The nature of rock-n-roll is typically defiant, so we’re a band of “Defiants!”

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image isn’t nearly as important to us these days as the music. As far as what impression we want the fans to get,? Well, we are all well known musicians that have been around for a long time, so the impression our fans will form won’t be a surprise. We will deliver a solid record, and play our asses off live, if given the opportunity.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Well, that’s cool that you’re very much into album art, but sadly, I think you’re in the minority these days. Most music buyers are shifting to, or have already shifted to file based music (iTunes,) and streaming services (spotify) so I think the artwork is irrelevant and the content is what matters these days. Having said that, we try to get the artwork for the CD to be a cool thing, but it’s way down the list for me as a priority.

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 socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It depends on who you ask I guess. It’s very important now because that’s the only way anyone will even know you exist. Like anything else, it has it’s pro’s and cons. Some days I like it because you can get instant feedback and it could help with things, but other days you have to deal with the dregs of society and that’s not fun!

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Yes, in a way… sometimes it’s like one big family, but every band is fighting for space and air time with the fans so sometimes this “community” is rooting against you.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
-It’s somewhat important. A label will have the staff and infrastructure to build your band up, therefore doing the legwork for you, something artists have no interest in. It’s not like a band can’t do it on their own, but it does make it easier.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-How much? Well, we will tour/perform when and where there is a demand for it. It’s only hard logistically, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. If a promoter has the right situation for us, regardless of the location, we are there, and we will deliver.

What will the future bring?
-Your guess is a good as mine!

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