I really, really liked AETERNITAS latest album. So much that I curse myself for not having discovered them earlier. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-I won’t tell you now that we are the best band in the universe… We create our music with passion and joy, try all to give our best during songwriting and the whole production and have fun with our music, both in studio and live on stage. So it’s up to the listeners to decide if they like what we are doing.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-In 1999 I started the band as a studio project with my future wife Anja, with the main goal to write and produce a metal version of a Requiem based on the original Latin lyrics. The band name came secondly, after we finished some songs from our first album “requiem”. Herein the word “aeternitas” plays an important role, which was the reason we chose it as band name. So we liked to have a relation between our first album and the band name
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-That changed from time to time. For our new style which we developed in 2011 and 2012 “Within Temptation” was part of our influences. With the production of our latest release “Tales Of The Grotesque” it wasn’t a band in particular that influenced me during the songwriting. But of course I am automatically influenced e.g. by the bands I produce in my studio and other music I am listing to.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Everything that you own physically you can really grab and hold in your hands. It becomes more real to you. Of course the music itself is the same if you play it on smartphone or CD player. But to own a real physical album has a more intense value.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-The music will stay but only the medium changes. And as all developments in mankind you cannot turn back time. As long as the artists have the chance to earn enough money for their creative work it should be no problem how we listen technically to music. But here some improvements on the digital fees have to be done to assure that we artists can survive.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The work from our long-term graphic artist Kurt Wörsdörfer is a good support for the music. Although the music can stand on its own it is a nice extra for everyone how wants to dig into our musical world much deeper and more senses than just the ears. And the artwork also supports our promotion such as websites and music videos, so it plays an important role in different ways.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-The social medias changed the way of promotion but also the way of communication with fans. These days fans can follow a band in all their doings and get in contact very easily. It also opens the possibility of an interaction between the band and the fans, which was almost impossible in the past times.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-No I don’t think so, or at least I am not thinking about this. Due to our music we are part of a metal scene, national and also international. But this is nothing that concerns me in my daily business.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We would like to tour more and hope to get the chance to tour through Euorpe in the near future. It’s not only to spread the word, but also to play the music live in front of a real audience. At the end of the day this is much better than just recording music in the studio.
What will the future bring?
-Well, nobody knows, but we hope the best, which will be some nice touring experiences for us.