With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to VEX. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that it has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-We didn`t think, that it would work out that well for such a long time making music together. Well, it was a long way and a lot of hard work to get where we are right now. Back in the days we didn`t think that it would be such a long and hard road.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We are very satisfied with our latest recording. It is exactly how we imagened it. We are so happy about the time we gave ourselves to produce this record. It represents ourselves in our current state of mind.
Do you feel that you by now have found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
– Everyone of us is included in the songwriting. Since everyone of us is constantly evolving, our sound will also evolve and change. It’s an ongoing process.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
– Having a message in our songs is very important to us. Our songs tell stories taken from real life and show the everyday life of every single one of us. There are no fairy-tale creatures in our lyrics, they have real backgrounds.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
– Having good artwork is important to us. That’s why we gave it to good hands and we are very happy with the result. Selling cds at our gigs is still going well for us and the people appreciate a good artwork and something they can hold in their hands.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-You either make good music or you don`t. It shouldn´t depend on where you are from. Maybe in those countries there are more people who appreciate this kind of music more than we do it here in Germany. In our opinion success is every step we take in a positive way and also to live our art.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. What do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-It`s our style of music that seperates us from typical rock and metal bands. There are no clishes. This is who we really are. People who listen to our music really listen to us, to our music that we named “Groovecore”. We are not like the typical metal bands you listened to a hundred times before.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-We are lucky about a very active and loyal scene in our area. Over the years we could build up a good fanbase, which is constantly growing. For sure, it`s easier to break out if you have that support in your country, but in the end (the quality of) the band should be the reason for success.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Certainly, it`s not like it is in Finland. But what we can say is, that in our region there is a growing acceptance for metal and rock music. There are also more concerts in our area than 5 years ago. So we are on the rise.
What does the future hold for you?
-If we only knew. We hope for cool shows and a lot of new fans and connections and of course to continue making music for another 10 yeas*