VANE is a Polish melodic death metal band. Listening to them you can hear where they draw their influences from. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Well, it’s an EP, called “The Prologue” which is, as the title suggests, a beginning to a much larger story. So actually, I don’t look back at it. We’re rather looking forward, trying to finish the whole thing, get it out the door and start playing live shows. But, of course, there is a sense of pride as well, and I guess we’re happy we did this, cause the reactions so far have been rather positive, and it gives us that extra kick to go even further, to work even harder in order to deliver the best possible album.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Our band name comes from Charles Vane, who was one of the most ruthless and violent pirates of the Golden Age of Piracy. And therefore a kickass person to derive a metal bands name from, isn’t it?

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?>
-It means the world to us. It really does, after all, no band would be where they are, without the fans. So we cherish every single positive response we get, and try to reforge it into creative energy for the songwriting process.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Nowadays, in my opinion, the band is a complete package – the music comes first, of course, but the looks and aesthetics of the releases come right after, therefore the image is very important for us. After all, when people come to the shows, they don’t want to see “average Joe’s” playing – they wanna see stage animals in their natural habitat, and that is what we hope to deliver.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Just as I explained in previous question – the aesthetics of the release are very important. And once you put so much work into creating your music, you want the artwork to be very cool and nicely depict the mood of the album. Plus, in the modern age of streaming services and other such platforms, the artwork has to stand out and have this “High Click Factor”, that will make people check it out, just purely out of visual curiosity (if such a thing even exists).

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Social media are our main outlet, and maintaining that is a job on its own. As with everything in this world, there are upsides and downsides to it too. You can easily reach a lot of people, through Youtube, Facebook and Instagram, but so can every other band in the world. So we’re all trying to “one up” each other in this “rat-race”, thus making something that is supposed to make your life easier, all the more of a chore and a hassle. That being said, I still think these are awesome tools which allow you to receive instant feedback from your followers and help you generate and curate your content in a way that benefits your band the most.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Of course. We put our whole hearts into what we do, also our backs, because this is a serious commitment and a lot of work. Such effort in itself gives meaning to your life, because you automatically identify with your work. And every ounce of positivity that is fed back to us amplifies this feeling even more.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Yeah, being in a middle of this whole business gives you a completely different perspective then the fans have. The scene evolves and changes with every year, and you just have to stick with it and evolve too. And the good thing is that there are tons of cool new bands popping out every year. I think it is rather healthy – music will always prevail. Especially good music.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-That we’ll have to find out, as our focus is on finishing the album right now. However, we hope to tour a lot, and we hope it to be all over Europe, so keep your fingers crossed for us.

What will the future bring?
-That remains to be seen, but let us hope that after the release of our debut album, the coming years will be marked with the shadow of the Vane crew.

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