May 9, 2016

You’ve described your newest album, Edge Walker, as taking a risk and stepping out of your comfort zone. Can you expand on that statement? How does this album differ from your previous releases?

We wrote Edge Walker in a really short period of time. We started the year with the goal of writing our first full-length album, and we were committed to that goal. We booked studio time at Warrior Sound in North Carolina well before the album was written, so we couldn’t back out. When we started writing Edge Walker, we didn’t have any real system of organizing and coordinating inspiration and ideas. It took us quite a while to get rolling on these songs. I’d say we put together about seventy percent of the record in the two weeks before we entered the studio. We still had to button up some songs while we were in the studio. That was anything but comfortable. Edge Walker has more personal subject matter, bigger, more digestible sounds, and a much more diverse group of songs than our previous releases.

How would you describe your sound to new listeners?

I would describe our sound as heavy, honest, and worth your time.

How would you describe your local music scene?

Our local scene has seen quite a bit of decline over the past several years. There have been some holes in time where there weren’t really any venues that were consistently holding heavy shows in New Hampshire. Recently, however, there have been some promoters coming up and re-emerging, and they are working hard with local venues anywhere they can find to create spaces to cultivate and revive a local music community. It’s been awesome to have passionate people like Richie Downs at New Hampshire Booking to work with again.

If you could change anything about your local scene, what would it be? What are some misconceptions about the genre of music you play?

If I could do anything, I would kill the Internet—at least as far as rock and roll is concerned. I think the Internet has ruined a lot of the mystery and anticipation of live music and especially that of the local music scene. The only misconception that I wish all people would understand—one that almost all of the people I have met that would consider themselves Ana Sapphira fans clearly understand—is that we don’t want people to intentionally or carelessly hurt each other at our shows. That’s really not the type of energy we look to cultivate or inspire.

As an unsigned band, what are some challenges you have faced? 

The largest challenge I feel we have encountered by being unsigned is meeting the right people in order to build a necessary network of relationships that has more influence, experience, and opportunity than we hold alone as the five of us.

Can you tell us about any of your plans or goals for 2016?

Our plans for 2016 are to get out into new cities that we haven’t been to yet, as well as to stay connected with the awesome people we have already built relationships with. We see this band as a real privilege. We’re grateful to be able to explore creative expression with each other, and to share it with such great people that connect with the heart of it so well.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

You can find Ana Sapphira’s music and all kinds of pictures, videos, and memorabilia all over the Internet. Great questions—thanks so much for talking with us!

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