What is a name really? A name is the first thing you notice about a band and if you don’t have the right kinda name you are pretty much screwed. Thankfully VOID INN have a cool name. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Void represents emptiness and Inn stands for physical place. We really liked that kind of combination. Sometimes when you feel empty it’s good to have a place to stay Inn and be yourself. It’s important to have a memorable name and for us Void Inn is also a way that we look at and approach the world around us.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Our music is a mixture of many different styles and eras. On the most basic level it’s a mix of 90’s (Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Type O Negative) and classic 80’s heavy metal (Judas Priest, Armored Saint, Dokken etc) Our guitar solos, chord progressions and vocal hooks certainly have that vibe.
Our heroes are Dave Mustaine and Lemmy Kilmister as well as Miles Davis and David Bowie.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-That’s a great question. Slow songs have a different kind of groove that caries with it a specific emotional state. The whole trick is in balancing faster and slower songs on our setlist so both us and our audience could enjoy in variety of sounds.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Our music works great in live environment because we sound the same way live as we do on Cd. In studio we do our best to recreate our live sound. We don’t need to many bells and whistles 🙂 Our show is better when we play on a bigger stage.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-No, everything is where it should be. Our Cd really represents us at the time that we recorded it. We don’t want to sound like we didn’t spend a lot of time mixing it and improving it cause we really did worked hard for that Cd. It’s just that easy recipe: When you give your best + put your soul in it = you shouldn’t regret anything!
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Well in today music scene there is a lot of bands, unfortunately most of them are just clones of some other bands. The key is really to be unique and to offer something new. Also to keep good relationship with every single fan is crucial.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Yeah visual aspect is also very important cause thats a first impression someone has about your band. We really wanted to go old school with our Cd cover so we used a talented painter who actually paint a full sized picture for us. Now I have that painting on my bedroom wall instead of on my desktop background
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Yes, we are part of local scene, we are playing many festivals this summer in our area, including the biggest one – Exit festival. Band must fist play and get known locally to be taken seriously outside.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-Internet is a great marketing tool for every band but there is no way that it can replace the buzz and promotion that can generate on live performance. Many ppl sit homes on computer instead of going out and really experience the joy of life. For instance some of the best shows I’ve been to were totally unplanned and with no exception what so ever and that is what I think it misses with today’s kids
What does the future hold?
-We will record a new video in April for a song Not afraid of dying. We have scheduled two weeks Europian tour in June and summer festivals. When we come back we will record our new Cd “End this Game” and released it by the end of 2017. It’s gonna be very busy and productive year for us, we are looking forward to it