Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
E: Eldprov will surely be perceived differently. We are just here to bring you metal.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
E: A lot of years in the underground scene in various constellations. Originating above the arctic circle in northern Sweden with passion for metal. Eldprov came to grew naturally.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
E: The mental state of the world with all its travesty and hypocrisy is an endless source of inspiration. Musical influences stretch quite widely from -90’s scandinavian metal scene. The songs on the debut album is about various folklores and the mental struggle wihtin. The rift between worlds, mental and physical.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
E: To blow off steam and bring you metal.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
E: This coming album. We have invested quite alot and the end result is to our liking. We aim for the next album to be our proudest moment.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
E: Understandably and unfortunately its all about social media these days and sadly none of us is too keen about that. We try to keep up and to not spam either. Jimmy at Grind to Death Records is pulling a great load on promoting the album so a big cheers goes out for him. And of course a huge thanks to everyone else that has aided in spreading Eldprov
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
E: As of this moment nothing is planned and nothing is ruled out
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
E: We have no real insight to what the piracy scene looks like these days. Metal fans are true to their bands and support them in most ways they can. The streaming platforms are here to stay for better or worse. Times do change but the metal community is loyal. If you like it, support it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
E: Jonas – Judas Priest/Painkiller: A song that has great riffs, guitar solos, vocals and a good sound overall. It’s perfect!
Ante – Bathory/Enter the eternal fire: Its raw, brilliant and vicious and a big part of my childhood.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
E: Tough question. Times change. All in all I’m not against the new social media day, we just live in the past. Can’t really speak for the major players but the underground scene is packed with good folks that deserves more cred. The accessibility nowdays is great but the money you make from selling streams is next to nothing. I know that does not really answer your question but I simply have not got a good answer. The industry is a evolving, breathing machine that adopts. Greed can be found everywhere, not only here.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
E: Promotion of the album while writing new material.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
E: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eldprovofficial/
Grind to death/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrindtoDeathRecords
Grind to death/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grindtodeath/
Grind to death Bandcamp: https://grindtodeathrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rift
Thank you and cheers! / Eldprov