APOKATHILOSIS has a cool ring to its band name. There is a foreboding kind of feeling over it. Interview answered by Felipe Roquini. Anders Ekdahl 2016
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Apokathilosis is immersed in an conceptual continuum where we live what we mean and perform. There’s no need to revisit previous steps nor contemplate any kind of ‘scene’ in order to create art.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-I don’t feel we’re bound to any specific style or concept, but intentionally I aim to keep Apokathilosis within certain boundaries so we present ourselves in a cohesive manner, musically and lyrically.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-The creation process comes with a few riffs and song titles. Once the music is 90% complete I start to develop the lyrics, matching titles with songs and writing according to what I intend to express with any particular song. It’s a fluid process.
How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
-Once I have some ideas in mind I hire a graphics designer who understands what I’m going for and we start discussing these ideas and how to present them in visual form. For this current release we decided to go for a new artwork instead of picking paintings and other existing graphics.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the metal you play?
-Not really. The music and lyrics are pretty straightforward, so I don’t think there’s a huge risk of being misrepresented. It could happen as the perception of art varies from person to person, but I haven’t noted anything in this direction yet.
Do you feel that you get the recognition you deserve, nationally as well as internationally?
-Interesting question. Artists create because they have an urge to create, nothing more, nothing less. If recognition is the end goal then you’re starting off with the wrong approach. Having said that, my intention is that people within this particular niche are aware of our existence and get the chance of hearing us at least once.
Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
-There’s space left for limited pressings and special editions, but physical media won’t ever reach the same status it had ten or fifteen years ago. I won’t spend a dime on a band I haven’t listened to before, but I won’t hesitate to purchase digital albums if I really like the CD. If I *love* the CD then physical is a must.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-We never toured as we currently stand as a duo, and each of us live in a different country. As a fan I much rather go to small clubs than festivals. Long shows are also tiring, so a line¬up of 3 bands in a small venue to me is perfect. It seems that it makes more sense financially to “go big” and aggregate as many bands as possible, like Wacken, where it looks just like a big party. I’m not a fan of that approach as the experience is much less intimate.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-If we get a chance to perform live I’ll sure pour my heart and soul into it.
What does the future hold?
-Our CD “Where Angels Fear to Tread” was released last October and we’re working to get the word out and make sure people get a chance to know us. In the meantime we also have several song titles and riffs waiting to be developed into full songs. Concepts for a new album are also at hand. We’ll probably start working on new material in the second half of 2016. Thanks for the support!