Arbitrator with logoARBITRATOR is not just another studio project. This goes beyond that. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the band already you should read this interview to start with. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Coming up with a band name was the easy part. The ‘Arbitrator’, as we have interpreted it, is the grand decider of mankind’s ultimate fate and bringer of the end times. Not that I actually believe in that garbage, it just fits with the apocalyptic / antichrist theme.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-I originally assembled the band back in 2010 as a vessel for my musical ideas. We released an EP a while later, and with some line-up changes brought our first and newest album ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ to fruition.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-I don’t think it’s so much about the musician picking the parts but perhaps the other way around. I simply have a vision for the music I want to hear, and I strive to materialize it in it’s sonic form as best as I possibly can with the tools and knowledge that I’ve got. As far as what influences me and what falls within that vision is completely out of my control.

When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-I honestly never thought of it that way, so no. It’s more like ‘us against the world’ if anything.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-It is absolute. Graphics and visuals play a massive role in the total music experience and really make it more immersive and personal. I’m not saying that you can’t make good music without good visuals (there are plenty of examples out there with that sort of stuff) but music feels a lot more special to me when it’s triggering other senses in conjunction to hearing.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-They are a product of my desire to make evil, ‘gothic-esque’ music. It all ties back to creating a fully immersive musical experience, as I’ve mentioned in the previous question.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Not for me personally. Albums are pieces of art that give the listener the option to indulge in a given theme. I never buy singles for that reason, as I believe albums are the best way to experience music the way the artist had intended it to be. But of course, if we’re talking about mass consumption and the public’s general habits it’s all about the single. Whether it’s always been that way or whether it’s something that has evolved within the last 30 years is not for me to say.

Where will the future of format end?
-That’s the fun part isn’t it? No one knows. I can only hope it’ll be with an experience that far extends anything that we can describe today.

How much of a touring entity are you guys?
-A non-existent one.

What lies in the future?
-More experiences, more inspirations, and thusly more music. I’m always striving to capture the Arbitrator experience as best as I can, and I feel like I am getting very close. A

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