British heavy metal band Saxon frontman and co-founder, Peter ‘Biff’ Byford was the latest interview guest of Germany’s ‘Rock Antenne’ this month and revealed the reason why the band is writing songs that they can play live and not trying to write for anybody in particular.
As you may already follow the long-time career of Saxon, they are one of the most popular heavy metal bands of the history of England. The band had many singles in the United Kingdom Chart and sold more than 15 million albums with their twenty-first studio album, ‘Battering Ram.’
In his latest interview with Rock Antenne, Saxon lead vocalist admitted that the band is not trying to have a radio hit or a hit video on streaming platforms like YouTube. He also did not forget to refer to other legendary bands like Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest.
Here is what Biff told:
“I think all the bands are from that era that are still around — Priest and Maiden, Saxon, Whitesnake. They still do a lot of touring, because our music is written for live. We write music to play live, and we always have done.
I think maybe in the late ’80s, we sort of made more records for the studio, but I soon changed that around again and went back to writing songs that we wanted to play live. And I think that’s one of the big keys.”
Then you don’t get too carried away with all the arrangements and all the production. We use a lot of keyboards and effects and things to make things interesting, but we’re not trying to write for anybody in particular — we’re not trying to have a radio hit or a hit video on YouTube. We’re just trying to write great songs that we can play live.”
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