BAIT

BAIT might seem an odd name for a black metal band but once you hera the music you don’t think too much about the nameAnders Ekdahl ©2020

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Basically it was 4 mates that wanted to play the music they love: dark, atmospheric and without genre restrictions.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I think there are always bands that have a certain sound that influences you as a band, but for Revelation of the Pure we definitely sat down and took the time to arrange everything, from songwriting to the Sound. I think we’ve developed some sort of Sound for our Band over the years as well. Plus we were lucky enough to work with the great Nikita Kamprad (Der Weg einer Freiheit) at Ghost City Recordings, which was just awesome.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s been a long and hard way to finally finish all the Song on this Album. Two Songs were finished while recording and one was more or less composed and recorded during the recording session. We were on the lookout for labels right after recording and luckily found a great label in LADLO to release the Record.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We’ve aimed for recording a full length for quite a while, so there was no intention to only release single songs whatsoever. Sure, we’ve released 3 songs before dropping the whole album, but in the end it’s the whole package that counts.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-There is definitely a change in how people are listening to music, but i think it’s also a chance for smaller bands like ours to get some attention via digital platforms. Since people always pick up records at our live shows or order it through the shop, i don’t think music as we know it is in danger, there are still so many people that just love vinyl or CDs. People in our “scene” are glad to support bands by spending a few bucks. The future should be a decent middle way between physical and digital offers for music.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Responses have always been pretty good so far, which is great to hear every single time. I guess our two shows with Amenra last year got a lot of attention, two awesome, sold out gigs. Definitely two nights to remember.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Merch Orders from Russia, Canada, Dubai and so on are always a surprise. I think one of the biggest surprises was when we’ve played our second tour in 2015, on a sunday on a ski hut in Kosice, Slovakia, and people went nuts, screaming our lyrics. Thanks Internet!

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-It’s definitely a great community. We’ve met so many great people over the years and became friends with them, even if they’re from countries we’d probably never went to, thanks to touring. Also sharing the stages with bands you really look up to is a huge thing for us still.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is still essential for us and it helped us building a good following from the very start.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Playing shows and festivals again, once this dreadful pandemic is over. Apart from that of course writing new music and stay on the radar, haha.

Thanks a lot for your questions, it’s been fun! All the best!

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