Another Finnish band to keep an era out for. Read wajt WOLFHEART has to say. Answers from Tuomas Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The name came easy. I wanted to have a band name that stands for the solitude of lone wolf with a strength of a great hunter and king of the forest.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-I could not mention any particular artists since have been slowly album by album been crafting our sound and production. That process started years before Wolfheart with my previous projects. I love bands that have been able to create really cold and beautiful atmospheres like Dissection but wanted to have a lot more strength to our sound.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Hmm….interesting question. One big difference is that slower songs I can use lower tunings. We play with baritone guitars and guitars are usually in A but with slower tempos we go to G. A tuning only affects on some faster riffs and I need to arrange those in a way that the main idea stays clear but then the tempo is not the issue. Only tuning. These tunings and guitars are usually for doom/djent/death metal so with some black metal style fast picking riffs it might get a bit tricky.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-While composing songs I do think also the live enviroment and to me it is important that we can produce the same sound and play live everything that has been recorded in the album. Only keys and orchestrations we run from laptop because otherwise we would need 5 keyboard players to get the job done. The live energy gives an extra boost for the songs.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-It is still very important. There is a lot of tools for bands to use when it comes to releasing and promoting album if band wants to release music without an label but the promotion machinery is from a different world when comparing DIY and Label release. From vinyl times to casette and there to CD and our current digital format times there has always been good and bad sides in the business. I dont see the point of thinking and stressing out too much with those. Write best possible music, do your best on stage every night and prepare to work hard for every step on the ladder to rise higher. Those key points apply still.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Easy access also means that you can reach new listeners a lot easier. That still needs good job done by the label and band in terms of promotion, media footage (videos etc) but it is an well working tool also. A lot of bands (Insomnium, Sabaton, Amon Amarth etc) have been able to built strong, loyal and still growing fan bases so I dont see that fan culture dying. Yet at least
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Well….not too many bright colours…haha :). I like dark and simple covers. Skull always work well. Simple and effective image that also tells something about the music.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Finland is such a small country so if you have a serious band you are automatically part of the scene. Finland is very supportive country for metal music and there is a lot of rehearsal places for bands to practice funded by towns culture administrations, you can apply funds from the government for touring, videos etc. Finland is a good country to start building a metal career. Maybe a bit too far away from central Europe.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-CD as a form of music and product for labels to sell is going to die or the sales will drop eventually low enough that it just makes no sense for labels to print them in bigger quantities. Music itself will be fine. Budgets might get lower but modern technology has made it easier and cheaper to make at least most of the album recording even in your own home. Music will prevail. The form is under a big changes.
What lies in the future?
-A lot of touring for now. 1st week of our very first North American tour just done and 3 weeks to go. Then we will continue touring in Europe the whole November. Finnish tour in December and back in US/Canada in January so busybusybusy times ahead