Interview with Steelawake

Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?

Our band formed in early 2017. We’ve been working on our music ever since. We’ve done quite a lot so far: we’ve been playing a few gigs, released our first single and music video, signed with a booking agency and a record label. In Autumn we’ll release our first album. We’re highly motivated and focused. We’ve all had experiences in the past with other bands, we’ve all started playing instruments back in highschool.

Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?

Our name means that we want to feel like we’re still able to see what matters and be present in the moment, be awake and in control of our lives. We formed in the basement of our lead singer, and as we started playing together, we immediately felt a strong connection with eachother. We’ve always loved rock music, the lead singer is a fan of alternative music so he kinda influenced our sound in that direction, as he’s also the one who wrote most of the songs.

What can you tell us about your latest record?

Our first album will be very personal and genuin. The songs are all pretty catchy and powerful. We’ve recorded it with Matteo Magni, an incredible producer who’s managed to make it sound quite amazing.

What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?

If there’s even one person who falls in love with even just one of our songs in the album, we’ll be truly happy. That’s all that matters and that’s the kind of reaction we’re hoping for. Any feedback will be appreciated anyway. It’s important to us to get reviews and comments on our work, as we make songs for other people and not just for ourselves obviously.

Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?

Going on a world tour would be a dream come true. It’s definitively on our future goals, but you have to be 100% ready for it and we still have work to do in order to get there. We want to make sure that if/when it happens, we’ll be 100% ready and able to give the audience a show they can really enjoy and remember.

Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?

Money definitively helps especially at the beginning, when you need to invest in your music. If you don’t do that, it’s harder to go far.

What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

Music sharing is definitively there and you have to keep in mind that people listen to music through it most of the time, so your music has to be there as well. But as we always support other bands we like by purchasing their music and merch, our music is for sale so that other people who really enjoy it can support us as well.

Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?

We have many favourites bands, we are mostly influenced by Paparoach, Skillet, Seether, Three Days Grace, Paramore. Becoming famous is not our main goal right now, we are happy with every little goal we achieve and we’re focused on building up our project by givin it all we’ve got. If people like it, whether it’s a huge crowd or a few hardcore fans, we’ll be more than happy about that.

Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?

Some of us have taken music lessons for a few years, others are self-taught. It’s of course very important to be well prepared for the type of music you play, it’s the only way to be confident on stage and deliver a good performance.

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

We manage to keep balance between our jobs and music even though it’s not always easy and it sometimes requires to be working even for 14 hours straight in total, but it’s a sacrifice we don’t mind to make.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Mistakes happen all the time to everybody on stage, it’s important to keep going and maybe laugh about it!

What’s next? Thank you!

First album coming up in Autumn 2018. Stay tuned and follow us on FB and IG @steelawake for updates on our music!