WITCHFYRE

WITCHFYRE has a really old school sounding name. I just had to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Well, I’m not a big friend of introductory questions/answers, but at least I’ll try. Witchfyre is a heavy metal band from Galicia, playing in the traditional way, no compromises, just heavy metal!

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-We just tried to choose one that really fit well with the concept of the band and the music style. From the very beginning this was meant to be a pure traditional heavy metal band with some inclination towards the occult, so Witchfyre seemed to be really representative of what the band is. I always liked band names with the word “witch” (Witch, Angel Witch, Witch Cross, Stormwitch…), so I started thinking about a combination containing that word and I finally ended with Witchfire. Then, we just changed the “i” for and “y” to make it a bit more distinctive.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-Man, it’s easy, but it would take us ages to tell you what bands inspire us. We began with the idea of forming a heavy metal band back in 2006/2007 influenced by all those bands we grew up with in the late 80’s/early 90’s and that ended being Witchfyre. Which bands are those? The obvious ones: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Running Wild, Dio, Accept, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Saxon, W.A.S.P., Scorpions… and lots of stuff from NWOBHM, US power metal and 80’s metal in general.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of digital?
-On the positive side I think that I should say that everything concerning promotion is much easier, especially for independent bands like us. With digital formats promotion is cheaper, faster and you can easily reach any place in the world just sending a mp3. Then, portability should also be another advantage as it’s really comfortable to bring lots of music with you in your mp3 player, ipod, mobile phone… However, I must say that I’m not a big supporter of digital, I consider it just something supplementary to traditional music formats. I seldom, if ever, listen to music in digital, unless I’m going out for a walk and take my ipod. Nothing can be compared to the feeling of playing a LP while watching the cover on the sleeve, or even a CD or a tape. Digital should support physical format, but never replace it.

Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-It’s surely harming it as people buy fewer albums every year but I hope that it will never kill it. At least I’ll fight with all my strength against that, buying albums and creating music with my own band. An album is the supreme work of musical creation. It shows the complete process of a band since the inception of the songs, all the recording, layout… to the day when the album comes out. I’ve never been a fan of singles because I think that you can always find big treasures behind all those famous songs that everyone knows and that’s why I like to listen to full albums. Some of my fave songs are those that never appear in compilations. I hate compilations!

What part does art work and lay out play when you release songs digitally?
-Nothing, it doesn’t make sense at all. You’re not looking at a cover while listening to a mp3, why bother in making a piece of art for a digital album? Part of the magic of creating music comes with the visualization of what music says, and that’s what I like to express with the cover and the layout. And a piece of artwork is only meant to grace an album cover. Tell me if you can find a bigger pleasure than playing “Somewhere in Time” in your stereo and getting lost in all the details of the cover trying to find references to Maiden moments in history. How can someone feel that with a fucking mp3?

Is it a whole different way to promote a digital track than it is promoting a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Sorry, but I can’t answer you this question, I have no experience promoting a digital track. We haven’t released such, instead we released a 7”EP and a MCD, and that’s where we used digital tracks to promote the albums uploading them in different sources, but never a digital release. And I promise you, Witchfyre will never exclusively release something in digital format and I even find unlikely that we’ll ever released anything digital officially, but who knows.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Not really, scenes were part of a past world that doesn’t exist now. Years ago people was in contact with those in their surrounding and that’s how different local scenes got created. We’re in contact with several people from different places, many of them from other bands, labels, ‘zines… but not in a constant basis. There’s no real feeling of scene nowadays, just affinity between people and/or bands.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Unfortunately we can’t play live as much as we would like to. All members in Witchfyre have regular jobs and also most of us have families and that makes the fact of playing and/or touring very difficult. Aside from that, we’re still an underground band, and bands as Witchfyre don’t always have the best offers to go out and play live. We have to make sure that, at least, the band will not be losing doing concerts and we just demand some guarantees to travel out and play live. I promise you that everything is more than reasonable. Also, we’re a bit isolated here in Galicia and that makes things even more difficult for us. However we still have some concerts planned for the following months.

What will the future bring?
-Who knows? We will most likely start recording our first full length very soon and then we just hope to release it and have it available in many places as possible. We also aim to play some more gigs and hopefully playing around Europe soon. Anyone interested in Witchfyre, don’t hesitate to contact us: witchfyre@hotmail.com

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