WITCHTOWER is the second band on the tribute split to Danish band Randy. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
At first I thought you paid tribute to the Swedish band Randy but I guess you are not. Why a tribute now?
-Hi! Because we usually to do covers from other bands, we love to play it on the rehearshal room, and play one or two on live gigs. We thought that to it would be a great idea to do this. We was very happy when Alec from BLACKSLASH offer us to work on this.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-At first, when we thought about our band’s name, we don’t know about WITCHTOWER from Germany if your are asking aobut this. WICHTOWER (Spain) born on our head maybe on 2009-2010 our first try was to make a classic SPEED METAL band like STRANGER, old BLIND GUARDIAN, SCANNER, etc. But on the next three years we put down the gain of the amplifier and play more rocky, we always loved classic HARD ROCK, bands like THIN LIZZY, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, old JUDAS PRIEST… and we wanted to make the experiment of playin on that way.
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?
-IRON MAIDEN (Dianno era) ANGEL WITCH and DIAMOND HEAD as a highlts, but as we told you before, we ared inspired on CLASSIC HARD ROCK too.
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?
-We chose the name at first, then we start to do the first ideas for DON’T TURN OFF THE LIGHTS or STRONGER THAN YOU, for example!
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?
-Yes, absolutely!, for us always was like a holy ritual to put on a CD, VINYL or CASSETTE of our music heores, Fortunately there are a lot of people who are still with us. PHYSICAL MUSIC OR DEATH!
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The desing always is thought by VICTOR, he loves the classic desings of 70s HORROR FILMS and always he tries to put that ideas on the albums, when the design are chosen, we contact with a prosessional designer. HAMMER OF WITCHES art work are done by SEBAS BAUTISTA from Spain, a friend of us and a very cool designer & musician too. He understood our internal ideas with perfection. We think that these desings (CLASSIC 70’s HORROR FILMS ) are very shocking to catch the people’s attention.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-We know that promotion is a very very thing on music, but we are a underground metal, our promotion way always was flyers, posters on metal bars, and the most important thing, the people’s opinion, to get a good reputation nowadays is very important, on our taste is more important than a very expensive promotion, because we do honest and humble metal. We don’t want to lie the crowd.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-We are into underground old school metal, we don’t care about big festivals or big scene, we are happy playing everynight for a 100, 200 or 300 people.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Yes, absolutely, people who are coming our shows from the beginning have a great opinion about our powerful gigs, we are very happy for this and always will be thanked for that. One guy told to other guy that “Witchtower was a blast on the venue last night.” people have the key on this situation. Our fans are the most important thing for us!
What will the future bring?
-We are touring at this point, and we will still doin that until 2018. You can see the band in Germany on DER KETZE ROCKT this June. On 2019 we will begin to work on the new songs for the third LP.