Hi, how are you?
Ready to Rock.
Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
We got Mikael Thelin on guitar, Jennifer Sikström on Bass, Jimi Toivanen on Keyboards, Nicklas Åström on Drums and Rickard Thelin on vocals and guitar.
How long has the current band line up been together?
We've been together for about six years now.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
I would describe it as a genre that has a lot to offer with many differences, average variety, a great sound and good general Metal. What bands we are similar to is up to you to decide.
What have you been up to recently?
We've been on a tour in Poland, recorded a new song and have been writing new material.
What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
Lots of more tours, new recorded material and perhaps a CD
How did you meet each other?
We met at our Local school in the small municipality Robertsfors. Rickard and Mikael are brothers. Jimi and Rickard were friends, and so was Mikael and Nicklas. Later we met Jennifer that joined as our basist and the band became complete.
How did you come up with your name for the band?
We wanted something new, something that would inspire and not sound like one-type of metal. And so we created Summoned Tide; the name that could wash ashore about everything. We do what we want and like then merge it all into our own sound.
Did you always want to be in a band?
No we did not always had that kind of dream. But as time went by we discovered our true love for music and now we're still enduring the thirst for more. Now, the only thing we want is to be in a band and keep aiming for the world to discover our music.
What music did you listen to while growing up?
We all had our own favourites. A few of them are: Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Edguy, Opeth, and Symphony X and we have influence from them all.
How long have you been involved with writing & performing music?
We have been writing music for about eight years and performing music for more than ten years individually. As a group about 4 years.
What were your first music making experiences?
Don't make silly songs that can be used to black mail you later.
Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
Most of us are self-taught and learned from each other. Rickard trained Jennifer on bass. We have had some kind of introduction lessons.
What is your current equipment?
Standard package. Nothing fancy really.
If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
A huge drum kit, lots of pods, at least 3 keyboards and really good sounding amplifiers with lasers and fire-throwers that activate each time we swears.
Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Yes and no, We use the same instruments, but not the same amplifiers or pods. We'd like to keep it the same but our current budget wont allow that.
Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Definitely each track and the inspiration. We want to feel what we are writing and playing, not mass produce some songs without real inspiration and feel.
Which software/recording process do you use?
We use Cubase when we record. Rickard uses Audacity and Jimi FruityLoop for personal recording.
Would you sign with a major record company?
Yes we'd love to.
Do you have any new recordings planned?
Yeah, our first would love to be released as soon as possible
How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
We have had almost full control this far, but we haven't really recorded at a big studio yet
Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
This is nothing we have really spent time to consider, but it might actually be of interest as time goes by
Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
Of course we feel the process of recording enjoyable and exiting. To know that when our song is ready, a whole bunch of people might enjoy just that song like it would speak directly to just them. But the recording so far doesn't get easier, it's about the same. We've been to different studios and each and every time the process and equipment has been not the same as the time before.
Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
We think that it should be as similar to the recorded track as possible when performing live. And when we record we want it to sound as good as possible. We don't really aim for a live-sound when recording.
Do you any favourite tracks from your album?
We do share a favourite, and that is Psycho.
Who are the main songwriters for the band?
Rickard Thelin does all the writing and composing
Do you have a method for writing songs?
I usually change method for each song. The order depends on if I stumble upon a new riff or a cool idea for a lyric. Mostly I write the lyrics before I put down the notes.
Do you write songs only about personal experiences?
No, not only personal experiences. We also write about wishes, conspiracies, philosophy, theories and whatever grinds my forehead into comatose.
Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
It's not really hard nor easy. Sometimes the struggle between the mind battling the instrument can be frustrating, as if a ghost would steal a note every now and then just to make you suffer. And other times I can wake up, or never go to sleep, because my head is completely stuffed with new material that keeps coming as if the ghost who stole my notes were spewing them out constantly.
Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
Ayreon would be a really fun project to be part of. We wouldn't say no to be part of Guitar Hero or Rock Band either.
Who are your favourite songwriters?
A few: Ozzy osbourne, John Lennon, Arjen A. Lucassen
Which countries have you gigged in?
Sweden, Norway, Poland,
Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
Japan, Germany, U.S.A
Who would you like to tour with?
Dream Theatre, Iron Maiden, Porcupine Tree, Ayreon and many more.
How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
We let our manager handle our promotion through Facebook, Reverbnation, Local Radio and MySpace
Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
We like Reverbnation and Myspace
Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
Yes, definitely a good start
With all the various websites out there for independent and unsigned artists, is there still something that is missing from them that you think would benefit the lesser-known artists?
We don't know if we can answer that really.
How do you relax?
Rehearse, work-out, and gaming.
Have you ever entered any ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
Yes, and we came 11th in Swedens biggest battle of bands called Rockkarusellen.
What's your best/worst experience at a gig?
Our best experience at a gig was in Poland when we were going to play at a minor pub in Gidansk. It was sweaty, warm and lots of crazy good people that headbanged their brains out. Lovley really.
Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Of course we do get nervous before a gig and that's a part of the whole thing! We often calm ourselves with rehearsing and one or two beers. But often we trigger ourselves even more so that we're on top!
What are your day jobs if you have them?
Jennifer is a hair-stylist, Rickard works with hotel management, Mikael is calling to people gathering codes for a company, Nicklas works at the Local store and Jimi is currently unemployed.
Would you like to be full time working musicians or are you happy with things as they are? Our Goal is to become full time musicians, things works out fine though but we really want to be full time musicians.
Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
Yes, kind of. We don't know if it counts but Rickard have made a short movie for an international project which has been launched in about 10 European countries with own material and the “Psycho” Soundtrack in the end credits. Some people have used our music in videos on the net as well. And the swedish battle of bands DvD is soon to be released from Rockkarusellen 2010.
Is composing for film or tv something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?
I could imagine myself creating some soundtracks for indie-video games, but I don't think that's what we'd like to do.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
You better keep your eyes open for Summoned Tide in the future, because we will try our hardest to reach all of you out there.