interview with Charlie Harlow

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What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Nicolas Franck, 26 years old plays guitar and sings.

Erik Jansson, 27 years old plays lead guitar and back-up vocals.

Philip Berneblad, 26 years old plays drums and back-up vocals.

Erik Jansson, 26 years old plays bass and back-up vocals.

(Yes we have 2 Erik Jansson in our band)

Where are you from? Gothenburg, Sweden.

How is it that you started playing music? Originally we all went to the same highschool and the majority of us even in the same class. It started out that the singer (Nicolas) wrote some music on his own and was somewhat looking for a band to play with. The short story is that the bass player (Erik) and drummer (Philip) bought their respective instruments and from there the three of us gave it a go. And the guitarist (Erik) joined in a few months later. It was somewhat a coincident, but it all came together quite nice.

Have you had other previous members? No we are the same original set up.

Did you make music even when you were young? Some of us did, the singer (Nicolas) and guitarist (Erik). The drummer (Philip) and bass player (Erik) started playing the instruments as they joined the band.

What year did the band form? In the start of 2011.

What's your style of genre? Indie pop-rock

What inspires you? There is a lot of things and especially other bands and types of music in general that inspires us. Each of us have more or less different inspirations and when we come together and bring all these together, that is what creates the sound of Charlie Harlow.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? We are all gamers. So video games is another interest we all share outside of music.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Having a booking agency would be great for us in the place and time we are now. We are releasing new songs at the moment and the main goal is to try to reach out to people out there that could enjoy our music.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Of course. Having a label for us at this stage would be something we are interested in. There are some good opportunities that can come from having a label.

What are your songs about? Our songs are usually about relationships, life’s ups and downs and the experiences we encounter. The main focus is to try and be as transparent and honest as possible.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? We all compose the songs and write them together, but the lyrics are mostly written by the singer (Nicolas).

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? The music always comes first. Sure, we have some lyrics ready to be used for a song or two, but thus far we write the music first.

Do you compose in a certain environment? We have a rehearsal space were we normally write the music, but it is usually the music that creates the environment for us. Sometimes you hear something in a song and you start imagining a totally different place. Music can create vivid images.

Have you done any covers live? We have actually covered a bunch of songs, but that has just been for special gigs, it is not something we normally do.

What language do you sing in? English only.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? The biggest crowd we have played for was at a music festival in Croatia, their largest open-air festival called InMusic Festival which we played the summer of 2015. We played one of the smaller stages but there were a couple of hundred people there.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Since we normally play clubs they have to be at least 18 to attend, but the average age would probably be 23-26.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Since we have played for 7 years now, we have a couple of songs up our sleeves. The songs we play depends on the type of gig; how long the gig is, what setting of the place we play, is it more acoustic or do we have a full set-up.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We have not yet started to sell merchandise, but one day maybe. We got some ideas for sure.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a Days? It is just the development of the business really. The capability and accessibility of the streaming sites makes it easier for people to use them instead of downloading the music for free. But if people were to download our music for free we would not care at the moment, it might come to benefit us in the long-run.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? More music is available at all times to more people, by having one of these available streaming apps, there are thousands and thousands of different songs and artists that is just a few “clicks” away.

What do you think of my work? We’ve read some of your previous interviews and we think it’s really cool what you are doing, reaching out to a bunch of different bands and letting them tell their story.

Do you have any role models or idols? Not like specific role models, but like most bands we are inspired by listening to what other bands and artists are doing.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? It varies a lot for us, sometimes we find inspiration in the more recent music and sometimes older music. Normally we mix it all.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Have fun while you do it.

Do you have any new material? Yes, we have released two new singles this year and the third single will be released on the 16th of november.

What are your web sites? We don’t have a website up at the moment but you can find us on Instagram and facebook. * https://www.instagram.com/charlieharlowmusic/ * https://www.facebook.com/charlieharlowmusic/

How can people reach? People can reach us by sending messages on Instagram or facebook, or email us at charlieharlowmusic@gmail.com

What are your plans for the future? Keep releasing music and try to make this into a career choice. It is not easy, it will take a lot of work, but none of us would like to have the “what if” thoughts when we’re getting older when it comes to music. As long as we like doing this, we will continue.

interview with Crossplane

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, a few bands before. All of us.
How is it that you started playing music? We were all metalheads and wanted nothing else but to headbang and make heavy music!
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Celli, vocals and guitar, Alex lead guitar, Andrew Bass and backing vocals, Mark Drums! (between 39 and 46 years old)
Have you had other previous members? a few, but dont want to mention.
Did you make music even when you were young?  I know the others started pretty early! I started at age 14.
Where are you from? The band is From Essen Germany, I myself was born in England, Leicester City!
What year did the band form? 2009
What's your style of genre? rock n roll, rock and metal
What inspires you? all kinds of things, films, things that happen in life or even other bands too!
How often and where do you reherse? we play live alot, every weekend. we practice 1 x a week
How have you developed since you started with the music? You always learn things along the way- dont be late, be polite and stay true, would be the most important id say.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We book the shows ourselves and are still looking for a good booking agency.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? we have a label, but nowadays it is not so important if you are good in promoting yourself. 
What made you decide to make this music? seemed logical, back to the roots.?
What are your songs about? All kinds of things: but not too political, more messages about life in general.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? mostly a riff first!
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? no we all compose in all kinds of ways, sometimes at home , sometimes in the practice room together.
Have you done any covers live? nope.
What language do you sing in? its all in english!
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? we had 15 paying guests in one club once, but also played wacken or other festivals with a huge crowd of 20.000 and more.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? between 20-40
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? we sometimes vary and put new songs in.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? no not really, some festivals book us every year...but not a home club or something.
What was your first gig like? nervewrecking but really good fun!
What was your latest gig? it was in a club and it was too hot. 100 Celsius or more..
Have you had to cancel a gig? only once, because of an injury
Where have you played live this year? 55 shows all over germany and europe
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? have 40 plus shows booked and a tour with Chrome division from norway. some nice festival gigs too.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? we have shirts, caps, jackets, bags..since 2007.
Where can people buy your merchandise? online and at shows. www.crossplane.de
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? its the future way of music, cant stop the progress.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? we have to sell more tickets and shirts now, CDs are important too, but they just make less money for the band.
What do you think of my work? its good to see someone interested in the "not so well known" bands too, thanks. 
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? maybe, people will come and check us out at a show or our videos online.
Do you have any role models or idols? not really- lemmy was cool dude though:-9!
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? older for sure. i myself love old albums.
What have been your biggest obstacles? finding time to go on tour is not that easy.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? stay at it - if youre good you will succeed.
How do you get psyched for a gig? 2 beers and go...
Do you have any new material? coming very soon.
What are your web sites? www.crossplane.de
How can people reach? anja@marblestone.de
What are your plans for the future? keep going and record a new album in 2019!
Do you have something to add? Thanks for your time and hope to see you in the future, cheers!

interview with HUMAN FORTRESS

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Have any of you played in other bands?

Well there were a couple of bands where I was involved for a while:

BEDLAM, THE NET and TIMEZONE which was the predecessor of HUMAN FORTRESS.

2008 I formed with Michael Bormann and Marco Grasshoff THE TROPHY.

We released one album on Frontiers Records.

How is it that you started playing music?

After many years of practicing it was really great to plug in your instrument and to rock

with your friends

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Gus Monsanto – Vocals

Todd Wolf – Guitars

Volker Trost – Guitars

André Hort – Bass

Dirk Liehm – Keys

Apostolos Zaios – Drums

All musicians are in a ripe old age, lol

Have you had other previous members?

Jioti Parcharidis, Dirk Marquardt, Pablo Tammen, Carsten Frank, Frank Sawade

were previous members (to name a view)

Did you make music even when you were young?

I started to play an instrument when I was a little bit older. I bought my first

electric guitar when I was 21 years old. At school I had guitar lessons, but I really

played and practiced wholehearted when I started my in-firm training.

Where are you from? Hannover/Germany

What year did the band form? 1997

What's your style of genre? Epic melodic metal

What inspires you? Melodies, beats and touching stories

How often and where do you reherse?

It depends! When we have to prepare our live gigs I would say one or

two times weekly.

How have you developed since you started with the music?

Oh, I developed a lot. It´s a matter of practicing and experience referring

to songwriting or writing lyrics.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Oh yeah, sports and having a good time with my family

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that?

HUMAN FORTRESS signed a booking deal with LUCKY BOB. This agency has artists

like NAZARETH, RAGE, GUS G, FIREWIND etc. It´s very cool to be a part of the

LB family now.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are on AFM Records/Soulfood and we are very happy with our record company

What made you decide to make this music? Well I like the combination of drama, heaviness and melody.

What are your songs about?

We wrote a lot of anti-war songs but on the other hand I wrote lyrics

about touching stories. Unfortunately during the last five years family members,

friends and neighbours past away, so death was my constant companion. So I wrote

also songs about death and humans I miss very much.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?

Well the main writers in HF are Dirk and I but the whole band is important to

create new music. Many parts of the puzzle makes the picture.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music comes first and then I am thinking about stories I could tell.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment?

In general I compose in my music room at home. It´s the same with Dirk and

Volker. Later I meet the guys for songwriting sessions and we pick out the best

ideas for us.

Have you done any covers live? No I was never interested in covers.

What language do you sing in? English – the language of Rock´n Roll.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs?

Oh, I guess the most people we had at Wacken but I can not

remember where we had the least people.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Between 16 – 55!

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? I prefer to vary to make it more interesting for us and the people

Do you have a regular place you play live often? 

We always try to play a show in our hometown but in general we

are playing everywhere where you can find power outlets.

What was your first gig like? I played my first gig with Bedlam in a youth club.

What was your latest gig? Last year with HF at Lux/Hannover

Have you had to cancel a gig? Yeah one time, because the organizer did not sign the contract.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year?

Lucky Bob are planning gigs for the upcoming festival season 2019.

Please check our website.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale?

We started to sell merchandise when we finished the production of Eternal Empire.

During the last live gigs we sold t-shirts, cd´s and hoodie jackets.

Where can people buy your merchandise? During our live shows and online of cause

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?

Well paid downloads are ok. Streamings are killing us because we do not make money.

A local phone call (if you do not have a flat rate) is probably 300 times more expensive

than a value for a music stream. So you can say the music industry give away our work almost for free.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?

Well the listing habits of the people have changed. They want to listen to their

music with their mobile phones, online streaming in the car etc.

That´s ok, but the musician needs a fair equivalent to pay the production for the album etc.

Nowadays music seems to be a disposable product and the internet is a self-service outlet

where music is for free (if you know where you have to search to).

What do you think of my work?

The press is very important to inform the fans about news, reviews etc.

Interviews are interesting to find out more about the band. Personal things and

stories behind the music

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Every interview can help us to improve our awareness level. HF are not a famous band. 

Do you have any role models or idols? Oh yes of cause. The list is very long but I am a huge fan of Gary Moore (rip).

Why do you think that they exist? Gary has a big influence when I started playing guitar.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?

For me it´s not different between older or new bands. Good music is good music and

a good song is a good song.

What have been your biggest obstacles?

Well it´s not easy to find the right people for a band. For me it was hard to leave HF

during the dark times in 2008. Never leave your road and give the fans what they

are expecting.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Work hard, follow your dreams and don´t give up

How do you get psyched for a gig?

I warm up my fingers half an hour before I go on stage

and I never drink alcohol

Do you have any new material? Yeah we have just finished the recordings for our new studio album.

What are your web sites? www.human-fortress.de www.facebook.com/humanfortressofficial

What are your plans for the future? More live gigs in 2019, hopefully in Scandinavia too

Do you have something to add? Thank you for your support and please say hi to our fans in Sweden

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