THE NAME is my latest Dutch metal discovery. As I am a huge fan of anything Dutch I just had to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
H: theNAME is a female fronted metal band from Haarlem, the Netherlands. We make rough, dynamic, melodic metal with female pop / rock vocals.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What is the meaning behind the choice of name?
H: Our guitarist Silas started theNAME. He also chose the name of the band. He wanted a name that had a bit of an attitude. He chose theNAME because he wanted it to represent the name in metal.
What band(s) was it that shaped your around? What parts from other band’s sound do you pick when you shape yours?
H: We are probably influenced by the bands we like, but that is not how we create our music and image. We write the music that we like and we add an image to it that is close to ourselves. Silas writes the instrumental music and I write the lyrics / melodies. This is usually quite a natural process, without first agreeing on what we are going to do.
I might be more inspired by movies than other bands, if it comes to our image. I love to make up our music videos, for instance. I had lots of fun creating the story and video of Draw the line; I love the fantasy kind of female warrior, it fitted this song and so I wanted to be one 🙂
How do you come up lyrics for the songs? How hard is it to write lyrics?
H: My life is not that easy. That gives me a lot of inspiration though. Some lyrics are written in a couple of hours, others take days or weeks. I always want them to say exactly what I want them to say. Sometimes it takes me a while to find the right words. Words that are sing able too.
How hard is it to somewhat original when there are so many bands to compete against?
H: I don’t think you should bother what other bands do. You should just do what you like.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
H: We don’t make art work to get people’s attention. We want our art work to represent the band and our products as good as we can. In a way that makes us happy. And of course, when it’s finished, we hope that the people like it. Because we are all about doing it together. But at first, we try to create something that satisfies ourselves.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
H: Yes of course, social media is a new tool of promoting your band and its products. We try to use as much marketing tools as we can. Just because we want to share our music with as much people as we can. We enjoy ourselves the best if we can play at big stages in front of a lot of people. Nowadays there are so many bands; you have to fight to get that.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
H: Yes I do. We have been working very hard, quite some years now. People start to know our name. Still, there is room to grow and increase our reputation.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
H: We are all about playing. The writing process can be cool, but it also costs a lot of time and energy. We are perfectionists. Of course you first have to create songs, before you can play and you can’t play the same songs forever (that would bore us and the audience). So you have to go through that writing process every couple years. If we could write a high level new album in a week, we would probably go for it. Everything we do for the band comes down to one thing; we want to play! There is nothing better than making music together, running over a great stage and connect with the audience to make it a hell of a party 🙂
What will the future bring?
H: First a new album and after that, lots of great live shows!