As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with ADLIGA. Anders Ekdahl ©2021

Do you feel that it has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-It seems that as a band, we are still too young to make such conclusions. Sure, when you start a project in which you don’t have enough experience, your expectations and reality are not always close to each other, but the older we get as a band, the better planning we can make for the future.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Our latest recording is our first full-length album, which is completely ready at the moment and waiting to be released. In this new album, we tried to implement ideas that didn’t make it in our first EP, and we strived to achieve a much better overall quality. And we are pretty sure that we succeeded in both these things. Most of our wishes and plans managed to materialise in this album, and we are glad about the result. We have already figured out some new cool things we’d like to try in future recordings.

Do you feel that you by now have found the sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-It’s a difficult question. We think that we’ve found our general atmosphere, something that connects all our songs and distinguishes our band from the others. But at the same time, we notice that our music is still developing from song to song, as we are trying different new things. Our skills are also improving, allowing us to try something new. Also, we are still interested in experiments with sound and the way of recording the instruments. So I guess you could say we are still in search of our own sound and we are not sure if it will ever stop.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Definitely. The lyrics, as well as the language, are a significant part of our music. We work with ageless topics such as war, freedom of choice, love, sense of human being as well as national legends or religious themes.

How important is the cover artwork for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-To our mind, cover art is also a part of the product we are making. It creates an impression on the listeners that better prepares them for our music. It also showcases in a certain way the themes of it. It’s hard to say how good it sells the album, though, can’t deduce it from our experience yet). But we are sure that it does a good job to visually highlight the album and help it better stand out from numerous albums of other bands.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places, not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Not sure how to answer that since we don’t know much about how the industry works in the west and on the big scale. What we know is that there are still many examples of US/UK bands that never manage to go big despite the amount of effort they put into their craft. There are also many examples of artists of local fame who travel to the west in search of career growth, but all they find is obscurity.
Another thing that comes to mind though, is the sheer amount of music that is produced today. The competition is tougher, the technical level is higher than ever, almost absolute accessibility of today’s music – all this makes it near impossible to break big.
It might discourage or avert people from making music, but for us it just means that today more than ever you need to be able to find joy in the craft itself and not in the success it might or might not bring.
So this kinda answers the “success” question for for us: find joy in rehearsals, in gigs, in the roaring sound of the guitars and do your best. If the fame and success come along – great. And if not – then at least you had some fun on the journey.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-Trying for our music not to be a total pastiche is the first step; uniqueness and originality are valued. Reaching out to the music reviewers, labels and more famous musicians is another good idea, it helps you to be put on the map.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-The local scene is tight, especially for the little demand, but you can get devoted followers even in such situations. Breaking out internationally is a completely different thing though, not something our national scene can help with, especially in the genre we play. Then again there are examples of band gaining good traction internationally but staying small and niche in our local scene.

Rock and metal have come a long way since the early 70s but still, some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-It depends on who you ask, the older Soviet generation can be pretty antagonistic towards metal and rock (but what are those people not antagonistic towards?). Still, the general public’s taste varies greatly – some people like heavy music and some don’t.

What does the future hold for you?
-Hopefully, the end of the pandemic and the return of gigs. From the things we can be more certain about: our first full-length album ready for release, and of course, there’s some new material in the works that should surpass everything we’ve done before, so look forward to hear from us!

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