Keelrider – Interview
Interview with Björn Birnir, lead singer with Keelrider and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BB: An honest one. We pour our souls into every riff and every song.
I hate to hear songs with dead verses whose only purpose is to connect the choruses.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BB: The band was started in 2015, by me (Björn) and one of my best friends (Atli)
Since then the band has evolved tremendously and the line-up we have today is
incredibly strong in my opinion. We’ve been steadily improving, gotten a bunch of radioplay here on Icelands national radio station (rock & metal shows), we’ve played a bunch of live shows and our upcoming album is looking very promising to say the least.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BB: Metallica, Pantera, Down, Corrosion of Conformity, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Opeth, Faith No More etc. but pretty much any style or genre as long as it’s honest and real… as for non musical it’s probably bits and pieces from a lot of people I guess.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BB: We’d like to see how far we can take this band, performing at big festivals and going on a solid tour would be awesome, we’re doing all we can to get there, grinding it out!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BB: Anyone can bring a song or an idea to the table, so far I’ve done the bulk of the writing and the other founding member (Atli) wrote the music on a few songs on our first album “North”. Lately our lead guitar player Stefán has been bringing songs in and our bass player Egill has some ideas we’re going to bring into the mix.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BB: Facebook ads and our social networks mostly, Reykjavík is a small city and only 200 000 -ish people living here so the scene is tight knit, but also hanging up posters and stuff for tourists etc.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BB: The positive is people who wouldn’t buy it anyways would listen to the music which is most important and share it with their friends, so if the music is good and you hit critical mass, there is definitely money to be made.
The negative would be that there is way less money in the business but then again, there is way more albums being produced than ever before…
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
BB: Pretty bleak, things seem to be heading in the direction that the artists themselves have to be an all-in-one package, we for instance aren’t really thinking about record deals as such… we’re just trying to do as much as we can ourselves for as little money as we can and trying get as many ears as we possibly can to just listen to the music… and preferably let us know if they like it!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BB: So many, but I’ll go for “A Fair Judgement” by Opeth, “Stone The Crow” by Down and “Graveflower” by Acid Bath… I could go on for days though.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BB: Injustice, Cronyism, Plutocracy, Greed, Intolerance.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BB: Getting played on national radio for the first time, getting a very positive review from Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and the fact that he’s listened to our music! Our first live show, finishing our first album, there are so many… I absolutely love everything about making music, playing it and noticing when others dig it!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
BB: Our next two shows are November 29th and January 3rd, you should be there because Reykjavík is amazing and we are a force to be reckoned with when we play live!
Band/Artist location – Reykjavík, Iceland
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