With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THE NIGHTMARE STAGE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-Our band name came about by the 3 main songwriters trying to figure out what best described our musical direction and of course to have something no one else has used yet or thought of using. When you hear the name “The Nightmare Stage” we are hoping that invokes an imagery that goes along well with our music.

When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get?
-Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
It’s such a great feeling really. To be able to create a piece of music and even in our case be able to write and record a whole album with a concept along with it you tend to have ideas way bigger than you can imagine being done and when the time comes to sit back and listen through the whole record it’s a great feeling for sure.

What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-Well for us we have had the pleasure to work with a producer who recorded and mixed the whole thing so we just basically handed in our tracks and let him do the rest.

Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-These days with social media and the internet it’s a whole world of possibilities to reach more and more people. If you have something good and people like it word will spread. We are lucky because firstly we know we have something good. Also we have a great record label that is behind us so we feel we have a home and are on the right track to promoting our album so it gets to the right people.

Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-Metal is a general description for sure but in our case we have so many different elements in our music from Hard, classic, orchestrated, doom, thrash and melodic that it’s hard to have just one term for it but we all know the overtone is metal.

What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-Well, everyone feels differently for sure. I for one never felt that I was part of anything bigger than what I can do. I consider myself very fortunate that I am able to create music with a group of musicians that are all on the same page for the time you are working with them.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-That is a great question. It is as important to us as the music on the record. We had so many great ideas visually when we were working on our album that when the artwork and photos we used for the packaging came together everything made sense. It’s such a complete album through and through. We are very happy with the artwork as we are the music inside it.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-We feel it was a great move to find not just a label but the perfect label for what we do as a band. The label will get the album to places we just simply can’t. They will push to get it heard and promote it to places the band has yet to be heard of. This is our second album so we already did our first with no label and put it out by ourselves. It is true and sad that nowadays you can literally record something and upload it directly for free and or have it stolen or downloaded. We still believe in the power of creating a album with nice packaging and the type of quality you can’t get from a download.

What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-Unfortunately The Nightmare Stage doesn’t get to play live very often but the few shows we had in the past went over great. We will be doing a select few in support and to help promote the new album though for sure.

What lies in the future?
-We are looking forward to unleashing our new album “When the Curtain Closes” onto the world and hopefully have it heard by as many people as we can get into it. There is so many great moments on this record for everyone to enjoy. We are mostly looking forward to getting everyone onboard for a great record.

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