ETHAN JACKSON - Solar Flare
💿 Hi, it's a pleasure for us to have on Hardrockheavymetal Ethan Jackson, lead singer Of SOLAR FLARE!
💿 On May 23th will out your new self-titled album , well-received on our pages. How would you describe this fatigue in a few words?
It's been a long time coming really. Lots of ups and downs during not only the recording of the record, but within the band itself with getting the material together and making sure it stands strong!
💿 Can you tell us somethin'about your early times as musicians? Who impressed you the most?
Ah, really Cincinnati has a pretty good scene when it comes to truly talented musicians to pick out who impressed me the most would really be difficult.
Obviously outside of our probably apparent influences, I'd name: War Curse, Stagecoach Inferno, and Automaton.
In terms of early days as musicians getting out there just to name a couple.
💿 There's a great return of format such as vinyl and cassette. What's your thinking about these classic format..love for vintage or is it impossible a future for music outside digital?
I think there's always going to be a market for physical collection. I mean its hard to have a gaggle of musicians and artists sign your phone or other MP3 device.
Digital however does make things different in that streaming obviously being the highest form of "consuming" music which does make it harder for bands to actually receive any sort of income on their music unfortunately.
💿 Inside your songs what's the role of lyrics in the composition process? Words follow music or vice versa?
Either or both. It comes down to what we got as the foundation in the beginning.
Sometimes, I have put together a whole vocal melody and we attempt to harness music around it.
Other times it's been a sick riff that we try to arrange into a song that makes sense and layout a melody on top of it.
💿 How much is complicated to make music at the time of a global pandemy? Are you scheduling some concerts for the second part of the year or is too soon?
It's all really complicated, we actually had a show planned before the pandemic and now we're trying to figure out how we can get out there in any way now, or if we should hold out. It all seems so uncertain to actually make a plan to stay true to with how off the rails it is.
We want to get out there as soon as possible.
💿 We love the cover of SOLAR FLARE..Can you tell us somethin'about?
I'm glad to hear you like it! My girlfriend actually made it, she sat down with me and drew by hand the concepts for the dragon; then put it all together by hand; then scanned it, and made the whole layered the whole concept together!
She really does great work! She really captured the comic book flavor I wanted.
💿 Thank you so much for your time! See you soon on #Hardrockheavymetal!
Thanks for having us on! Stay safe out there keep rocking! Follow us on Spotify for when the album comes out!
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