TYTAN sprung to life from the ashes of Angel Witch back in the 80s. Now it is time to release a new album. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you formed TYTAN back in the 80s what was it like? Did you feel a part of the NWOBHM or was that more a media fabrication?
Kev ; At the time NWOBHM felt like a real movement, driving out some of the old ‘dinosaur’ rock of the late seventies and it was exciting to be involved with both Angel Witch and Tytan.
You reformed in 2016, almost 30 years after you went on hiatus. What was that like and why did you do it?
Kev: We actually reformed in 2012 to play at K.I.T for Oli Weinsteimer, as a one off reuinion to celebrate the album release 30 years before. This went so well that I decided to keep Tytan together and on the road, ever since.
Now that you release a new album what are your feelings? What do you expect it to do for you?
Kev: Writing the new songs for “Justice Served”, recording them and now promoting them is as exciting as it was for the first album. My hope is that more people hear and see Tytan live, which is where we shine, and that the album gives pleasure to as many of our fans as possible.
Your releases from the 80s are still very sought after. How does that make you feel? That the stuff you did back then is still on peoples minds? Does it make you feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
Kev: I always feel very humble and thankful that “Rough Justice” is still considered worthy of interest and I think shows the strength of the NWOBHM movement, then and today which makes me feel happy to be part of the NWOBHM family.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
Kev: It’s important to project the Band’s individuality, but it will never be the main focus of the direction of the Band.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
Kev: I write about things that interest me and stir passion within me, I’ve always had a liberal attitude and always spoken out against oppression, corruption and cruelty. I hope I have never lost my sense of humour though witnessed with the track “One Last Detail”. The lyrics I write are important to me, as they give me an opportunity to say things I believe need to be said.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Kev: Relevance is in the eye and ear of the audience? Whether the album is well received or not, will depend mainly on people’s interest and this determine’s how relevant it is. We have tried to cover all avenues by having the album released on CD, Vinyl and Download.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
Kev: There will always be progress which is good, and wherever that takes us I have no idea, but as long as people always have the choice of how they listen to their music…then that’s fine by me.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
Kev: Seeing Tytan live will always be fun, loud and sweaty! It’s where we do our best work and can project our individuality onstage. We always love our audience to be involved with us and let their passion for the music inspire us.
What lies in the future?
Kev: More gigs, more fun, more writing (which is always happening) and we hope to visit more countries and meet more people. We can only do this if people want to see and hear us, and as long as we entertain then we will keep Tytan on the road.