VanHalst01029square webEver since I first heard Triumph I’ve been fascinated by the Canadian rock/metal scene. VAN HALST are new to me but after having heard them I knew that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-We honestly didn’t sit around brainstorming band names. Kami’s last name has a metal vibe to it and fit really well so we went with it.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Van Halts is:
Kami Van Halst -vocals
Scott Greene- guitar
Brett Seaton- drums
Brendan McMillan- bass

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-I think it’s just a feeling. We all know what we like and what we don’t. An artist can influence another artist in so many different ways. We’re influenced by artists that stand for something and who work tirelessly to perfect and innovate their craft and their sound. That’s what we try to do.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-I’m not sure if worldwide movement is the right term. It does feel like you’re a part of a special subculture is you will. Rock and roll and metal music is a way of life and when you’re apart of it then it’s something special.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-We are very particular with our branding. It’s an important part of the business for sure. We have designed our graphics and crafted our photography in a very specific way so they we stand out abit. It’s very important to have something eye catching and be consistent with your branding and your image. Our photographer, Renee Robyn, is a big part of that, she has an amazing eye and a definite style of photography that matches our sound really well.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics are typically influenced by first hand experience or something that we feel needs to be said. World of Make Believe talks about various social justice issues such as poverty, feminism, religion, victim blaming and domestic violence. These are things that need to be talked about and we want to write songs with purpose.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-We all still like albums. It’s true that singles are popular online and more cost effective but an album tells a story. Albums are still relevant, if they weren’t relevant then artists wouldn’t be making them anymore.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-It seems as if streaming is what’s popular right now. People want quick access to music. Not really sure what the future holds but hopefully music will still be appreciated and paid for in some way.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We’ll be doing lots of touring this year. We have some cool new stuff in store. Touring is an important aspect of music, especially as an indie band. Its the best way to make new fans. We like to pride ourselves on being a great live band. We bring alot of talent and alot of energy to our live show!

What lies in the future?
-We will be touring quite abit, really pushing this album as far as we can. Then we’ll be heading back into the studio as soon as possible to record the next project.

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