I know that my mind is strange but the first thing I felt when I saw this band’s name was a surge for apple. ASTRAKHAN are not as sweet as that but still tasty enough. Answers from Robert Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We like to play heavy music that draws from different genres of music that we listen to. We have a wide range of influences. We are striving to make something that is musical and thoughtful in its conception. We’re from Canada eh’.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Choosing a band name is painful process. It’s kinda like having each tooth pulled out of your mouth one by one, just to see which ones work, and which ones are decaying. I’d rather not relive it.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We all have different inspirations. Personally I evolved from bands like the Offspring, NOFX to Sabbath, Maiden, Ozzy to Metallica/Megadeth/Anthrax, to more classic rock and prog, to doom, black metal death and drone, and noise. Right now I have pretty eclectic taste and listen to as much music from as many different genres as possible. I find music that moves me in a lot of different places

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-CDs are nice to have on tour, or for promotional purposes. Vinyl tends to be more of a collectable item for fans. I think people will inevitably favour digital, but many of those will also buy the vinyl, whether that be for art, and quality of sound, or just to support the band they like.

Is digital killing the album format?
-The digitalization of music is only one small aspect of the separation of “the world of idea” from the physical. Music itself is only physical when it exists on a medium. When music exists digitally on the internet it is part of the collective consciousness of the entire race – much like an electric signal fired between neurons as a means for the “brain” to communicate certain messages. Eventually we will all be one, assimilated into a single sentient being when the mind separates completely from the body and the physical shell that was once human kind will revert back into feral non-sentient beings. So yea I guess digital IS killing everything, but at the same time death is only a transition. 😉

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The art on the front cover is a half-photograph-half-painted depiction of a powerful night terror that I had. The track “Traveler” at the end of Side A of the record was written about the interpretation of these events from the perspective of a sorcerer’s apprentice who accidentally summons an extra-planetary creature. There is a message in the art as well, or maybe several – but those are secret.

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.
-Playing live and word of mouth is the way to go. Except now word of mouth exists online. Social media connects the whole world – it’s dope.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Definitely locally we have a tight knit scene. Lots of bands making all sorts of awesome music, and we hug a lot when we drink. Nationally we have connected with quite a few other bands in Canada, and that’s cool too. We’re not quite at the hugging stage yet. Internationally we’re still just facebook friends with other bands. So we only just like each other’s posts. Metal has always been a global phenomenon though, and you can findd brothers in arms anywhere you go. Cue Manowar…
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-The best way. We’ll be touring across Canada in July, and have a few festivals lined up as well.
What will the future bring?

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