ANONYMUS might not be that anonymous for much longer. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-We are a metal band that is not scared to sing in French, English, and Spanish. We have always seen the band differently from the others because we were always able to sing not only in English but also we are not only trash or heavy metal. We are not the typical band that is only doing what is ok in different genres. We like speed, thrash, black, doom, whatever metal that is out there, and we try to incorporate everything in our sound without being labeled. And also our concerts have so much energy, and we always try to connect with people. Yes it’s important to play the songs good onstage, but making a little mistake because you make that crazy move to connect with the audience it’s not a big deal. We try not to stand still onstage that’s for sure.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Actually we didn’t have a hard time getting a band name. Yes we had a couple of options at the beginning, but it wasn’t very interesting really. And Anonymus came out easily. We didn’t want to have a band name that represents something, like “Death something” or “Black whatever” or “Mortal something”, etc…..and also we didn’t want a name just in English so that’s when Anonymus came in. Anonymous in English but we took the “o” out and it became a kind of Latin word. So we stick to it, way before all this Anonymus (computer and stuff…) came out!
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Obviously the Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, we’re a big influence on us as we started. But we always had an interest in listening to the new bands that we’re getting out. Bands like Pantera, Sepultura, Korn, Nevermore, System of a Down, Slipknot we’re also a big influence. And never forget bands more extreme like Suffocation, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Cradle of filth also forge the band identity, that’s for sure. We like everything in metal, not only one genre, that’s maybe why we are so open to everything.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-I don’t see anything bad from one or another. It’s a personal choice I think. But for bands, it’s always a matter of money to put out vinyl or CD. Yeah you can do a recording and then just put it out on Bandcamp or another virtual steaming, but when you want to put it out on CD, and especially vinyl, you will have to invest in your product and take some chances. It’s not for everybody.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as a compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I am very preoccupied with the music now. I mean people want everything free now with the Internet. And music is not an exception. I still buy a lot of CD’s and I know the importance to encourage the artists but everything is changing so we will have to find other ways of incoming. I mean as a musician I am not doing this for money but I am expecting a little income for all the work through the writing of a song and all the other work you have to do to run a band, and this is not happening with the streaming plate-forms.
What part does artwork and layout play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-I think good artwork and nice merchandizing has always helped a band to get noticed in many ways. You only have to think of bands like Iron Maiden, Slipknot, etc….So from the beginning we always tried to put out some killer covers or T-Shirt designs. I mean a T-Shirt is ambulant advertising for the band, no matter what. And we sold a lot of them. So it’s a way to get the band known.
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.
-I think we have to upgrade to the new levels of promotion. I mean if you want to reach a younger audience you have to do it with all the opportunities that are out there. You may like it or not, but it’s the new way of promoting music and we are in touch with people who are way better than us through all the changes. So yes we have changed our ways to promote our music, and it actually pays. But still, you have had to play concerts to get in touch with the public and that is really important, and a lot of fun!
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally, and internationally?
-I would say we are known nationally. When we started the band, we sang mostly in French so it helped us to become known locally around our area, and then we switched to English to open up our boundaries. We’re now able to visit the whole country doing Canadian tours, and also ironically it opened up us to French-speaking countries like France, Belgium, and Switzerland.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-I think it’s still the best way to reach people. Yes you have to promote the band wisely with all the new things that we have now with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, etc but you can’t change all the benefits of a live band. When you are able to make people scream or move for your music live, and think it’s the real thing.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully, it will bring concerts and being able to play live in front of an audience without having to deal with a pandemic or something similar. We live in a time where everything is changing but this aspect of our lives, I mean to play live music, is all that we wish for! Believe me!