With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to WITCHE’S BREW. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Mark – Hello! I’m Mark, lead singer for Witche’s Brew, it’s a pleasure to be here. I would like people to appreciate our music for what it is, not comparing it to anything that already exists. We are original in our own way because we translate into music whatever comes to mind and we do it our way, each one of us by adding to the composition whatever influence he has lived during his life, so by definition this can only be unique, just like our music is.
Mirko – Hi I am Mirko Witche, I play guitar in Witche’s Brew, what I would like to get is a realistic experience without having to be compared to any style or genre, I play what I feel and I’d like people to get that feel, just listen to it and let it take you wherever it’s taking you. That’s the kind of thing I’d like people to get from listening to us.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Mirko – When we first started out a few years back we had a different line up, we all came from different musical backgrounds and everyone of us played their style without compromises, with the changes in the line up that happened even more and more, like in a witches brew we threw everything in the pot, good or bad, and we mixed it up to see what came out of it.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Mirko – I’ve always been around music since childhood, my parents played records in the house when I was growing up but it wasn’t until I discovered punk rock that I realized that maybe I could have a shot at it, you didn’t have to be a music graduate anymore, you just had to do what you felt, bands like the Ramones just smacked you in the face like nothing before them. Today I’m inspired by everything that has taste, not necessarily good taste, just taste.
Mark – I remember THE song that opened my mind and made me say: I love Rock, it’s my type of music and always will be, that was Paradise City by Guns n Roses.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
Mirko – Well, we started out without really knowing where we wanted to go musically, we kinda experimented, the sound came by itself, hence the name.
5. I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Mark -I think that there will always be someone who will prefer and appreciate the physical album to the digital one, I know quite a few people like that. I do realize that people are actually changing their habits but that’s the way it is. Personally I would prefer releasing the entire physical album and seeing people walking in a music shop to go and buy it, but it’s not like that anymore so we simply have to adapt by releasing the single digital tracks.
Mirko – That’s right, there’s nothing like having to go down to the record store, flip through the albums and pick one up, make it back and find out what it’s like, but that’s part of the past if you’ve missed it you’ve missed it. As musicians we are adapting to releasing digital singles, but only to promote the album, so there might be something good by releasing digital singles, you get an appetizer of what’s the full meal to come, it gives you a very clear idea of what’s next without having to guess if you’re going to like it or not, but after all that, we are rock musicians, our fans want the album and we will deliver.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Mark – I think that visual art-work has a great impact because it has to catch people’s attention. One actually tends to associate image to sound in the subconscious mind, so if you manage to create the right image it will always remind you of the music you were listening to when you were looking at it, and vice versa.
Mirko – By my point of view artwork has always had a major role in record releases, I actually remember having to pick between two records and going for the one with the sickest cover. Of course it’s gotta respect the concept of the album, if you can manage that you could really give your music a boost.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Mark – We are moving more and more each day towards this great digital society and we are forced to adapt to it, but it doesn’t mean that everything that has to do with it is negative, there are some aspects about technology like social media that can be extremely positive, for instance reaching out to an incredible amount of people in no time, so I think that social media used for this purpose is really great!
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
Mirko – Absolutely, the band itself is a family and on top of that the people that come to see you are there for you, it’s a bit difficult that a smooth jazz fan will go and see an extremely loud rock band, so when you’re playing a certain style you know that whoever is there, is there for you, and that’s a great feeling of belonging.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Mirko – we gig as much as possible, gigging is where we belong, it’s where you can see the real band and I think it is a great way of spreading the word of the band. It’s what we do. In the recording studio we replicate what we do on stage, not the other way around.
What will the future bring?
Mirko – The future is bright, we have just released our new single Find a Way on all the major platforms ( Spotify, ITunes, etc. ) our new video is out on VEVO and our second single is set to be released on the 11th of September. Shortly after that we have our new album coming out just in time for gigs to restart after this time of forced idle. Open air festivals are lined up as well and we’re looking forward to see you all there.
Until then keep on rocking, thank you for showing interest in us.