NO DAWN might sound very gloomy and not very positive in name and character but once you give this Norwegian lot a listen you’ll be truly convinced. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
Is the name important in establishing what kind of metal it is that you play?
-I guess. Our name does reflect that we play dark music, and I see that it is the same with most of the bands. Dark bands have dark names.
Just so we know what we are dealing with could you please give us a short introduction to the band?
-Well, we are 5 guys from a small town in the middle part of Norway. All of us have played music most of our lives, in different bands and genres. No dawn started in 2002 as a cover band, and has slowly turned more and more into the death metal sound, much due to line up changes. This line up has now been stable for 5-6 years, and we are not planning to quit yet!
How do you find your sound? Do you take a whole bunch of influences and mix them together to make it your brew?
-We are two writers with two different styles, so there is a natural mix of those styles. Andreas is more plain death metal with a thrash feel to it, while I have a more symphonic and melodic twist to my writing. So blending us two is very much today’s sound of No Dawn.
Is art work and lay out still as important when more and more people download legally music to their phones or Ipads/computers?
-Yes, I think so. Hard core fans will always buy the physical album, and only that way they will get the full experience of the album. The artwork and pictures reflects the story behind the album and the lyrics.
So yes, I think it is important.
What are your feelings on this development of digital replacing physical?
-I see it both ways. I am myself a heavily user of Spotify and YouTube, and I like it a lot. But also as a musician I see that there is a lot less money in it, and that makes it harder for us as a band to survive.
Do you agree that digital is killing the music scene as we know it now?
-Not exactly. It’s easier for the bands to get the music out to the people around the world and get a lot of people to know about you. On the other hand there is less money to it. So you win and loose at the same time.
How important is playing live today? Is there still a live scene to talk about? Do people still go to shows? To me it seems that it is all big tour packages or festivals that are left.
-Playing live is the most important thing for a band. That is where you meet the fans and make new fans. Unfortunately it is very expensive for small bands to do shows and tours, so it is difficult to get out on the road. That results in a lot of great bands only doing local shows, and not getting out there. People do still go to shows, at least around here.
How has the internet changed the feeling of community in being a local band playing local shows? Does it still feel that you are a product of your surrounding area?
-I think that it has only been positive, that more people come to the shows.
There is always something special doing a show at ‘home’. We are patriots, so yes, we do feel like a product of our area.
I guess that most bands go through one or two lineup changes. How do you as a band contain your sound when one member leaves and a new one arrive?
-In our case we have developed the sound with the line up changes in a natural way.
There has been quite a big change in the sound over the years, but the core of thrashy death has always been the same.
What would you like to see the future bring with it?
-I for sure hope that it will be easier to make money on music, so that we actually can afford to do it as much as we want. We are all stuck with our main jobs, which gives us little time to do what we want; make music and perform for you guys. I hope fans and the music industry sees this and does something about it, fast!