Interview with Roof Down

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

We are a ‘post-grunge’ high energy rock band with a classic drums/singer/bass/guitar setup and we have mixed previous experiences. Before we formed the band we were scattered all over Sweden and played each separately in different smaller bands. Our singer have been working with various artists in production and recoding.

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

The name originates from the kiss alive I live album where Paul Stanley shouts to the audience ‘we’re gonna bring the roof down’. Because, that was exactly what we felt we wanted to do with our kind of rock – to make people feel ‘high’ on music!

What can you tell us about your latest record?

We hope that the listener will feel like being in an amusement park, as our album has both fast rocks and roller coaster songs and slower ‘haunted cavern’ scary songs so to speak.

What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?.

We believe our album will be perceived and described as a collection of melodic rock songs with a scent of early grunge that gives the listener spiritual energy and sounds a whole lotta’ fun.

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?

We would like to make a tour in the countries where our new album finds a new audience. To do a whole world tour is for musicians who are honest with themselves and play what they are passionate about in a niche of music that is of interest for the time being. We at least think that we have such a musical message to go out and preach!.

Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?

Anyone who contributes to a music scene, is a component in a larger music engine and needs to get valued not only in a ‘thank you’ but also in money, otherwise there is a big risk the scene will stall.

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

What is really good about online music sharing is that people open new musical doors to each other and in this way prevents people from getting stuck in just listening to their own playlists of songs they are already familiar with.

It has happened that we have given away physical records for free to people who in one way or another contributed and showed interest in us.

Always giving away music for free would not be good in the long run because it takes time to write and record music and time is not free unless you are born rich.

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

Our musical influences are bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin. They broke new ground in the music and got the fame they therefore fully deserved. Our band rather breaks new paths on the ground they laid and we are hoping to get the audience’s cred and some measure of fame for it.

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

In our band we only have life’s own musical education driven by a strong passion and of course a lot of self-study in chord theory. It is important for a band to be able to communicate well and quickly in musical terms, so a certain level of theoretical knowledge is kind of important to have, but it is very subordinate to the musicality that is an art and sits in the soul and slightly impossible to study.

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

You try to steal 10 minutes here and 10 minutes over the day and put yourself in a musical trance to hopefully get out of this trance with a song-bearing riff or chorus.

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?

We usually think through different things that can go wrong and decide what we do then. Last time the transformer broke to my guitar effect pedal board in the middle of the third song, so I quickly pulled out cable from the board and jacked into the guitar. Murphy’s law rules especially when playing live. We all have butterflies in the stomach before a concert and it is a good sign because you want to give everything and not disappoint the audience.

What’s next? Thank you!

Many happy listeners hopefully 😊