I didn’t think that I would like ANNOMINUS from reading about them but once the music started I was hooked. Answers by Jacob Zinn Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Not really. Back in the day we were a whole different band and constellation, but things rarely end up exactly as you imagine. The goals are sort of the same, but we as people change and continue to do so over time.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Again, not really. We’ve had to cut a lot of tracks and previous work, but to keep it short, this album is by far the best thing we’ve done yet. The ideas and the tracks are more perfected than anything we could have come up with before.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Definitely! We believe that there’s a red thread soundwise from the first album to this one and we feel that it’s worth building on. We’ve found a thing that is both new and still audibly us.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Of course! Lyrics without purpose are just noise. To us it is important to keep a message hidden in the lyrics, but it’s up to the listener to decipher it and find their own way of understanding.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-We think so. The cover will always be a huge part of the experience and isn’t likely to disappear any time soon. And by the way, the cover is awesome and Rie and Anders (the artists) are extremely talented, don’t you think?
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?
-Honestly does anyone want to not succeed? To us it has never been about the money or the fame. The most important thing is to be proud of the piece of work, you’ve done. Otherwise we wouldn’t have posted hundreds of thousands of kroner of our own money into these two albums. And we are definitely proud.
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?
-Well the best thing about the internet is that anyone can share their music with the world. The worst thing is that everyone does so. It’s all about finding your own way in and then finding your own way of being noticed. We try to always have a distinct stage presence and really create a great show.
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?
-Our local scene is really awesome but nationally there is of course a bit of competition. It’s all about having the guts and networking with the right people and if you work hard enough, you’ll be rewarded. Or you could just pay to be noticed.
Rock and metal has 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?
-Metal has been around since forever and nothing’s gonna change that fact. The Danish metal scene is not as established as the Finnish scene, you’re referring to, but none the less it is quite active and there is some quality material out there.
What does the future hold for you?
-Great things! We’re already working on our third album and with The Architect only moments from a worldwide release we couldn’t be more psyched about the future for Annominus.