In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with WARMRAIN. Answers from Leon.Anders Ekdahl ©2019
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-there is a track on the album called “new dawn” originally this track was was called “warm rain” The original song title came from an idea to express the notion of ‘natures baptism’ – a moment of connection to the natural world when the mistakes of the past were washed away by the falling water. with the natural world being thought of as sacred space and the rainfall being thought of as holy water
During the period when we didn’t have a name for the band ‘Steve’ our original drummer saw this original song title (on a sheet of paper i had) and said “that’s the name of the band!!”
He was right! we made the two words into one word and immediately we had the name we had been waiting to discover
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-this style of music we play is a return to our roots. we journeyed back to the type of music we loved many years ago as young men and rediscovered the first inspiration we ever had and found that it had never gone away
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-life. the experience of life creates the need to express the thoughts and feelings that make up the content and construct of what we do
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-for us: to have something to say as a band or an individual is essential. being a silent participant or spectator on this planet doesn’t feature in our thinking. although this is right for us we know it is not for everyone
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-not really. we are just being ourselves and nothing is contrived
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-we are all very much connected to understanding the value of owning and interacting with a physical copy of an album and we feel it is becoming a lost aspect of how music fans once gained a deeper connection with the releases they fell in love with
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-uk fans are loyal and vocal about their passion. they are probably more discerning at first, but if they take to you they stick with you for life
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-it’s gobsmacking and it totally leaves you shocked when you find out how far your music has travelled and when you realise that at any time of any day at any place on our planet somebody could be listening to a song you wrote and recorded it is both truly humbling and deeply inspiring
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-absolutely. live performance has an energy field that operates in a completely unique way – very direct and immediate – time can dilate and stand still, you can be immersed and absorbed and volume is a beautiful visceral thing
What does the future have in its womb?
-the opportunity to bring a healing energy to people attracted to our sound. an opportunity to reduce lonliness through making connections with people attracted to our sound
Thank You Anders!! very interesting questions to have thought about answering.