WHAT LIES BEYOND is a band that discovered simply because they contacted me. But I liked what I heard so I had to interview them. 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 the recording process and entering the studio is always exciting for us all over again, the process of making a song from scratch and get to hear the final product is the best feeling ever, we are super proud of our debut 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?
-Haha if you wanted a cool story this is not going to be one of those, we couldn’t make up our minds on 2 names so we were brainstorming and just couldn’t decide, so roughly one night out we got drunk and asked random people to decide which name was better, and there you have What Lies Beyond won.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Maybe there isn’t a lot of questioning about our material but whenever someone asks about it or tell us that he/she likes our song, naturaly puts a smile on our face, we appreciate it.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We think that the image of the band is improtant but the music should always come first, that we are passionate about what we are doing

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is super important, because when you listen to the music the art work connects the dots and you get a new perception on it, the art work is the face of the album.

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?
-Well, social media is a great way to introduce yourself to the world in any way you want, but bands on social media grow everyday so the competition is strong between the bands, and about fandoms, we still hadn’t have any bad experiences so we could say that we only did benefit from it.

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?
-We are kind of more like outcasts, cause we don’t feel like a part of community, we find a meaning to life in music.

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?
-To be honest the music genre that we find ourselves in isn’t in it’s prime, it is slowly dying but we will try to keep it alive.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-When you are an unknown band you should be prepared for extra expenses just to play on some renown events, so it’s pretty hard especially if you are not financialy strong.

What will the future bring?
-Well you never know “what lies beyond” haha

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