I don’t know how dirty your mind is but mine thought of the scene in Rocky when Stallone’s character trains on carcasses. But that is me. Let’s see what BEATING DEAD MEAT has to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-At first, the intention was to simply play together. Where we’re from, there aren’t a lot of players in this particular genre. Later the intention was simply to succeed. There are always the ones who say they don’t care if they make it or not, but it’s best to take those statements with a grain of salt. What’s the point of making something that’s important to you, if no one even hears what you have done? Our sound was a bitch to form, since we all come from different places music-wise. You could say our sound is evolving all the time, as it is the combination of death and extreme metal, rock and pretty much everything we’ve ever played. It keeps the whole thing interesting.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-There is truth in the saying that you can never be completely satisfied with anything you do. There’s always something, that in hindsight isn’t the way you imagined it to be in your head. The latest recording had a myriad of things that could’ve been done differently, but at some point you have to let it go (No Frozen pun intended). The album ended up sounding a bit rough on the edges, which was the plan all along. So yeah, you could say we were as pleased as one can be.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-“Beating Dead Meat” is actually a metaphor for doing something completely useless. Someone once said to us, that there’s no point doing the thing we do, so we felt compelled to make it the name of the band. Of course you could think, that the name has something to do with stroking a flaccid cock, which is basically the same thing as mentioned above. Especially with the latest release, since it’s basically “Beating dead meat with full force”. As you can read between the lines, we enjoy wordplays immensely. After all, there’s no pleasure left in life, if you take everything too seriously.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-At the end of the day, you could say that the image is as important as the music itself. The image is there to compliment the overall message of the band. It’s hard to take the band seriously, if the image completely contradicts the music. In our case, the image builds around the fact that we’re one of the few bands that say things the way they really are. We bow to no one.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-The art work is the cherry on top of the cake. It has to represent the whole album without being too complex to realize. With our latest release we wanted the artwork to be as simple as possible, so it would compliment the message of the album. The whole shattered glass thing goes quite well with the name “With Full Force”. Our single art work, on the other hand, was a guy hitting a piñata with a sledgehammer, which was a good fit with the title, “No Compromise”. You could say we spend a great deal of time planning these things.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-One has to roll with the punches. There are always some who curse this whole social media circus, but we’re not the ones to do that. The truth is, that never before has it been so effortless to spread your music throughout the world. Furthermore, it’s great that with pages like Facebook you can put a face to the music you make. Back in the day you could hear music and had no idea what kind of guys were behind it. It kind of makes your music and lyrics more of a personal statement, since your face usually goes with them.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-If we’re being honest, one would have to say no. In Finland you don’t have this sense of comradery amongst smaller bands. Sometimes it feels that it’s more like a twisted competition, where no one really wants the other to succeed. It’s one of those things you should never say out loud. These problems don’t probably exist amongst bigger bands, so hopefully it’s just a phase one has to go through.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-One of the most important things is, that the label supports you when so few others do. This includes the promotion, gig opportunities etc. Of course you can do to these things yourself, but it’s a shitload easier with the label, since they have more contacts and usually more experience. It probably depends on the label, there are a lot of crappy labels out there, so you have to careful on choosing which one to trust. Luckily ours has been everything we thought it would be.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-In Finland it seems to be easier to get gigs outside the borders. It’s a bit weird, that we label ourselves as “the promised land of metal”, and there really aren’t a lot of places for smaller bands to play. Especially if you’re not of the mainstream sort. It’s actually quite easy to get a small tour in Europe, if you have the money to pay for it. Some people oppose this whole “pay to play” system, but at the same time it’s completely understandable in a world where nothing is free. Not even death.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully another tomorrow, heh. In the immediate future there’s to be a music video and designing your new merchandise. After that, we’ll see what we come up with. In the end, it’s useless to hope that the future would be this or that, you get only as much as you’ve worked for. Nothing more, nothing less. Cheers!