Nocean’s vocalist Hanna kindly did an interview with us, ahead of their UK tour. You can check out Nocean in London, Tamworth and Birmingham this May – tour dates

How would you describe your music?

We are an original Swedish band that plays melodious, alternative rock with metal influences and electronic elements! We want our music to be explosive, heavy and grand and at the same time stick to your brain. Strong melodies, emotions and a massive sound.

Tell us about how the history of the band?

Me and Ozzy (guitar) started the band in 2013 after we were left from another hard rock band. We found new members, struggled some in the beginning but when we found Daniel and Daniel (former drums & bass) the band got back on track. We played lots of gigs, got a management contract and later on a record deal with Attitude Recordings for one year and a debut album. So in the spring of 2016 we released our album ‘Nothing To Hide’ (available here), a fine mix of classic rock with metal songs. We toured Europe for the first time and everything was lovely… until Daniel, Daniel and Dave (former second guitarist) decided to leave the band for different reasons. Me and Ozzy were left alone and we started to look for new members. Patrick (drums) and Sara (bass) joined and together we found our new sound and we have been writing a new kind of rock music since then. Going from hard rock/metal to alternative rock. Now we are booked to play at Sweden Rock Festival 2017! That is really huge for us and will be a blast for sure.

What are you influences/ musical heroes?

We all have different kind of influences (regular band answer!) but all of us really likes Devin Townsend and his heavy, massive sound on stage. We’re not playing that kind of heavy music, but we have it in mind when we’re writing songs. We also like bands like Thirty Seconds To Mars and Muse.

What inspires you?

Everyday life, self development… For me, I get inspired when I’m filled with a blurry feeling. The lyric writing makes me handle certain problems and think clearly.

Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?

I can absolutely write some lyrics on the road, in the car/bus or where we are staying. But the band has never really written something together on the road, we write in our rehearsal room/in the studio.

What is your favourite song to perform live?

It’s always fun to play the newest ones. We’ve written one song called “Forgotten” (not released yet) and all of us likes that one best I think, it has a very grand ending and we often play it as our last song on shows.

What would be your dream tour to be a part of?

Oh, personally I’d love to go on tour with Halestorm or Thirty Seconds To Mars… Go to the USA. And to South America, people say they are crazy about European rock bands over there!

What are you current thoughts on the music industry?

Music biz is difficult, but not impossible. As an unsigned band you can do a lot of work on your own, in this digital era. Make covers on Youtube to increase your followers, use Facebook ads with target audience to find more fans there… The most difficult part is not to get your recordings out without a label. The hard part is to book larger gigs or tours, since there’s so many bands wanting to play.

What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?

We had one incident one year ago when we went on a weekend tour here in Sweden. We were heading off from Örebro to Hedemora, and just when we started driving, we got a flat tire. Luckily, we found a wheel service right across the street from where we stood, and in an hour we were on the road again. Driving fast, arriving five minutes before we were supposed to enter the stage with a huge crowd in front of us and the Swedish band Sator was headlining after us. Pretty sweaty… but we made it!

What are your future plans?

We will produce our second album during 2017, hopefully find a record label/distribution partner and a booking agency. We will play at Sweden Rock Festival and go to England again in May. Thank you for reading this and thank you for the interview!

About The Author

Always on the lookout for new music, Jo has an eclectic taste from 80's synth pop to black metal. Music creates many emotions and memories for Jo, using it as a soundtrack to her life. She en devours to absorb music, using it to inspire her creative works.

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