I will honestly admit that I am not the greatest fan of the latest metalcore trend. But I am not that stubbornly against it that I can’t give it a try. Like with ABYSS. Peter answers my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band originally started off as a solo side project of mine. When the local band that I was in broke up Abyss become a full time project for me.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I’d say the hardest part of coming up with my own sound is differentiating between gaining inspiration from other bands and ripping off other bands. I try to meld all the different styles of metal I like into one piece, from the breakdowns of metalcore, the speed of death metal, the eeriness of black metal and the melodic aspect of Swedish Death Metal.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s not as hard as one would think. When I gain the right inspiration I write songs pretty quickly. I have a small studio where I live so I’m able to record songs at any time. Being the only member of the band and doing all of the engineering and production does have its fallbacks. Creating a new album can feel overwhelming at times so I have to keep very organized in my approach.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-I think there is. I can say from my own experience when I first started recording songs for my old local band we released the songs with very crappy production quality and incomplete song structure. We just wanted to get our music out there as soon as possible. The final product definitely needed work and if I could go back I would have taken more time with it.
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-I think the whole game has changed and the old ways of making a living just off album sales is over. Streaming is the new thing and it’s how 90% of people listen to music. It is definitely hindering artists from making a living off their music. Artists need to adapt to this new industry. Recorded music is now a very small percentage of income. To keep afloat bands need to do a lot more to keep fans interested such as releasing tablature for their music or give fans an inside look into their recording process, and of course touring relentlessly.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-So far the responses have been very positive. People seem to really dig the new EP. Dennis Mallon of Pro Tone Pedals said he loved the album and Eric Bass of Shinedown said he loved it as well which was really awesome to hear coming from those guys. The thing that has gotten the most attention is definitely the want for guitar tablature for the new EP. People really want to learn and play the songs themselves so I am currently working on getting that ready.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-thecirclepit.com doing a feature on my EP was definitely very cool and unexpected.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Yes. I feel there is a definite sense of brotherhood in the metal scene, local and global.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Right now I’m living near NYC so the live scene is good but it’s definitely a pay to play type deal unless you are apart of a bigger act. Playing shows is where it’s at to gain a larger following. It’s a more intimate experience for a listener and will give them a chance to develop a connection with you and your music. Although you have a larger reach on the internet you are competing with thousands of other bands all shouting at once for the listeners attention so it can be harder to get a listener to connect with your music.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Right now I am writing my 3rd EP. The music is about 90% written and I plan on starting the recording process soon. Once I settle down permanently in a place I plan on turning Abyss into a full band and start playing shows.