Black Income, is a new rock identity that has emerged from the grunge-wave, combining Fuzz/Stone-Rock. Black Income may be inspired by acts like Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Fu Manchu, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden but the sound and Dark feel is their own.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Black Income: Sure… we just released our second album unSOUND, besides that we have a couple of live shows this winter before we enter the studio again to start recording our next release… so we don’t just sit around waiting for the Boss and the big cigar… haha
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Black Income: Well we started out late 2011, so it’s about 8 years now…
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Henrik: All of us played in a lot of different bands and projects in the past, but Lars and I wanted to create a new project at the time and had the idea of creating something more Punky and Stoned yet Melodic than we had seen in the music scene… we had a lot of inspiration from bands like Clutch and Queens Of The Stoneage, we where influenced by the energy of these bands, and that was our main motivation to start to create something new, so we took like Melodic part of the Grunge we all loved, and added the more Stoned Tight Riff’s with a more Dark feel to it..that really the original idea of our band.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Lars: We all have played music since we were kids, we have played in a long line of bands and musicians, we were all born in the same city, so when we first started out we had the synergy and the same kinda vibe, which was essential for us to start playing the music we love.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Henrik” Hmm.. good question.. This is really not a project that we set up to be in a certain way, we just play the music that comes to mind, but when looking at the lyrics, we try to bring the attention to the lives we all live, and the F…ed up world we live today and how this affects us, so we try to give people something to think about, like why do you get up every morning and drag yourself to work for people that earns so much money, they will never be able to use, and we have become modern economic slaves of the system in our free world, helping the rich get richer… with that in mind, that’s hopefully the image we leave with the people who listen to our music.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Lars: We just started playing the music we love, so we didn’t set any goals for our music to start with, but ever since we now have two albums out, and critics from all over the world have praised our releases, we started focusing on the love we get from the UK.. so goals change as we go, we don’t believe in setting a goal in the ever-changing music business, but we started on a Label with our first album, but we left it and started releasing our records ourself, and would be a goal for us.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Henrik: In my opinion, it’s two different things really… we love recording new songs and work with our music in the studio, this is where the creativity flows and where the ideas blossom, it’s like the one part when we can cave in and really go into debt with our music and feel. The live gigs are for us the part where we get fueled to keep creating music, there is no better feeling in the world than see people loving the music you have been working on, so for us writing and playing live are two different things that fit together like a glove.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about?
Henrik: We have different songs and different lyrics, for us the music and lyrics need to fit together, but we often write about the life we live and the world we live in, but we don’t aim to.. for instance the line “The fear of staying at the bottom, for some to take away” taken from our track “somethings wrong”, explains how unfair it seems to us, that the 1% of the world’s people of power decides whether or not the rest of us, should pay more taxes of our lousy income, and the fear to live in a society where people of power can decide your faith in a matter of minutes, that’s really what we’re trying to tell our listeners, and hopefully leave a mark, or something they would think about when listening to our music.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Black Income: Playing the music we love… that’s the main engine for us…
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Henrik: Hehe. We get this question a lot… Touring life always has a lot of unplanned things, but besides some venues not staying with the deal we agreed on, people are always very kind.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Black Income: Leaving our teeth marks in the corners of our LP vinyl cover, that was a lot of fun.. haha
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Black Income: Yes, very much… we get a lot of love from both family and friends, and they are very supportive of what we do.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Henrik: Stay focused really… play the music you love, don’t waste time being someone your not, be yourself and play like there is no tomorrow, in the end, if you give your best people will notice.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live
Lars: That’s easy… the best Rock song for a Live gig we ever wrote is “Left You Alone”, and we love playing it live, it has a groovy feel with a kick ass C part… but a song like “Feels Like A Storm” is one of those kinda riffs that just keep rolling off into the horizon.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Henrik: As a kid a listen to a Danish band called “Gasolin” all the time, my father was a musician and he took me to see them live, I was only six years old at that time, I Remember the concert like it was yesterday… Rock music was very popular at that time, and I remember saying to myself “That’s what I’m going to do”, don’t know what it was with the band, they had great melodic songs with a twist of Jimi Hendrix, and I was totally struck by them, and still are in fact..
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Lars: Dream small aim big… haha
Dream tour would be playing a lot of larger gigs with a band like Alice In Chains, or the Foo Fighters, gaining a lot of fans… that’s really what it’s all about for us.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Henrik: 3 guys from Denmark sitting in a dark rehearsal room in Denmark, creating and playing the music they love, and we recorded two records that have been praised by critics from all over the world, featured in magazines like PowerPlay UK and Roadie Metal with an 8/10 review, and so many others magazines have shown us a lot of love, this is the most meaningful accomplishment for us so far, and we appreciate it very very much.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Lars: Any kind of boring everyday job, helping the rich get richer.. haha
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Black Income: Henrik our Guitarist uses a Fender strat hooked up to an Orange and a Marshall Head.
Michael our Bass Player, uses a Rickenbacker with a Musicman Head.
Lars on Drums uses Ludwig steel series 24”/18”/14”
Crank it all up, and you have the Black Income Sound…
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Henrik: Hmmm… with the ever-changing scene at the moment, it’s become a more open scene, that said there is a lot of bad noise being published, and the record labels are suffering big time clinching to the artist willing to sell their souls to the industry that sucks every last drop of blood out of them, believing they would go places with their music.. The music industry is really like the wild west now, more and more artists take matters into their own hands, and with the whole streaming scene growing bigger and bigger every day, it’s time to change with the industry as an artist and get the most out of it.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Black Income: Well if you’re into Grungy Stoner Rock scene, you might wanna check us out…we have our own Sound and Dark feel, so you might get surprised with the music we play.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Black Income: Sure, make sure to check out our latest album ‘unSOUND’, and our single and video ‘Loaded Gun’, follow us on Spotify we might release something new any day soon…
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Black Income: Thank you so much for having us. Stay Rock!
Our brand new Video “Loaded Gun”
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