THE NEBULOSITY

I gotta admit that at times Scottish reminds me of Danish, so much that I at times don’t get my brain round it but since I will be listening more than speaking with THE NEBULOSITY I am not worried at all. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Could you please introduce the band to us?
-We are The Nebulosity, a four piece Prog Metal / Alt Rock band from Falkirk, Scotland. Our line-up is as follows:-
Alexander Urbanczyk – Bass
Adam Hammond – Drums, Vocals
Alan Costello – Guitar, Vocals
Adam Dunbar – Guitar, Vocals
The most recent addition to our line-up is Alexander Urbanczyk on the bass. The rest of us are founding members. The band self-produced our debut album with Dunbar taking lead. Costello takes charge of the visual aesthetic. Hammond refines the structure of our compositions.

When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-It really depends on where we are creatively. The first song we ever wrote together “Rain” was written very quickly over a matter of days. We put a lot of effort into finding our sound and writing this song helped give us a sense of direction. Since then we have been trying out many different methods of writing and getting into a creative flow. We have never written a song the same way twice. Creativity can’t be forced.

How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
The name “The Nebulosity” refers to the places in the universe where matter is free floating and seemingly random collisions create large balls of mass which have their own gravity. They in turn pull more of the mass from the surrounding space which creates planets, worlds, stars and all the known astral bodies of the universe. It implies spontaneity and recalls the fact that all creativity consists of the same fundamental principles, that we all come from the same source and that we are all inescapably part of one continuous whole.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-To start with, we really didn’t think about image at all. Over time as the sound emerged, we went put and played gigs. The reactions we received help us realize that our image had already formed into one that is similar to some of our biggest heroes. Crowd members approached us and told us we’re like Frank Zappa and Devin Townsend. We realized that we portray an image of some kind of intense art rocker/wacky astronomers come metal heads. We aim to give an intense and entertaining experience that leaves you wondering exactly what it was that just happened.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We are of also huge fans of LP artwork! The right artwork for an album is very important to us. We like to think of the artwork as an extension of the music itself. For our debut album, we spent a lot of time working on concepts for the artwork. We had to come up with an album art idea that matched the themes explored throughout the music in “c”. After Costello came up with a few different ideas, we outsourced the work to our good friend and amazing artist Vibhas Virwani. We worked with him to create something that we’re really proud of.

How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?Consistency.
-We do what we do because we enjoy it, we’re not trying to be a part of any “hype” or trends. We’d love for people to enjoy what we do and each of us in The Nebulosity believe in sharing. We give our music away for free. Not because we want to be part of some trend or to get “hype likes” but because we want people to be able to share the fruits of our labour.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-That is one way to put it, Anders. When we play together and we all get in sync it can often feel like you’re part of something much larger than the sum of its parts. Isn’t that what being in a band is all about? We think the actual sense of community doesn’t come until you get to meet the people who are into what you are into. That’s a great thing about social media and the internet in general. There are more good, great and fantastic bands out there than bad ones and more than you could possibly hope to count. When you start participating in the wider music community that isn’t limited by your geographical location it can feel like you’ve just woken up from the matrix.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
-It’s not. Nothing. The only thing labels can offer you is money. It’s the people you want to be associated with. We are part of Glasgow New Hellfire Club which is a non-profit organisation. Grass roots groups like this are the future to helping new bands break through.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We’ve never performed outside of our country. We’re trying to get a feel for who wants to come see us. We’ve been concentrating on writing, recording and local gigs just now but as soon as we get a better sense of the industry we’ll be out in force.

What will the future bring?
-New video. More albums. Crazier riffs and broader dynamics throughout. Bigger production. Non-duality and oneness. World peace and the ability to conquer the stars.
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Thanks very much dude. It’s been a pleasure.

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