THOMAS SILVER is a name that I have seen floating about for a long time but never really bothered to check out any deeper, until now. 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, especially since you use your own name?
-I personally think band names are extremely important. I don’t mean to be rude but there is a lot of really bad band names out there. Makes me laugh and cry at the same time sometimes. The reason I use my own name is because this isn’t a band. It’s my debut album as a solo artist.

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?
-When in Hardcore Superstar I always was a bit anxious, but now it’s a different feeling. I did this album for me, for my own sake. There was something I had to get out of me. I had no expectations at all. It’s extremely nice with all the great reviews from every corner and it makes me happy, but in the long run it’s not an album I made to make it big or something like that. I already have been touring a few laps around the world with my previous band so I know what it takes to do that. A lot of hard work. When I recorded this album I was nor sure I had it in me to do all that touring again. But I realized that I also drank a lot of alcohol back then and it really makes you feel like shit when you play almost every day of the year, every year. I got bored and in a bad shape. Now I am 100% clean and I feel like I am 25 years young again. Can’t wait to go out on the road now!

What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-When me and Kane Bennett record this album we had some reason great times. He pushed me like crazy and I loved that. There were all kinds of emotions and thoughts racing through the both of us I believe. Kane cowrote the songs, produced and also mixed this album. It would not have happened without him.

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?
-Tricky situation indeed. I mean it has always been up to the bands to work hard and do the best possible promotion for yourselves. Of course a record company does a lot for you but in the end it’s always up to you, the artist. Today we have all the social media and that is great. I use it a lot. But you have to be smart and not act like an asshole on social media, it’s easy to write the wrong things or post something stupid. So my best advice is to act nice.

Today we have all these different sub-genres in rock/metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t rock/metal enough as a tag?
-I never really liked all the talk about genres, it’s all music to me.

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. I do feel I have been part of something bigger with the success of Hardcore Superstar. We influenced a lot of young bands and musicians. But today I also feel I am part of something bigger but it’s not at all the same thing. It’s more about developing an attitude of gratitude, give thanks for everything that happens to you, and maybe to know that every small step forward is a small step to achieve something better than your current situation.

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?
-A lot! When I was young I could buy an album just because of the artwork. I bought many crap albums that way, hahah. Also some great ones. The Gospel According to Thomas has, in my opinion, great artwork. Even greater if you can understand it’s meaning. I am so happy that I met Andrea Falaschi. He has done an amazing thing. It’s very personal and has extremely deep meanings.

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?
-I think a label is very important if you want to make a living out of your music. The right label that is! It’s also great to have a “family” to work with. Volcano records are fantastic and I am so happy to have found my “family” there. My album wouldn’t be released in Japan and etc if it was not for them. I have everything to thank them for.

What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-Well you have to come and see me when you have the opportunity. I hope it’s good. I like to play all kinds of shows where there is a decent p.a., a nice professional promoter and some good food.

What lies in the future?
-I have no idea. Hope it’s a good one. I am living more in the present. I hope to go to Japan and play again. That would be great. I want to do another album. Stuff like that.

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