I know of Bedlam but BELDAM are new to me. But like the Curious George that I am I wanted to know more. So I interviewed them. Answers by Addison. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We came together in order to form the darkest, heaviest music possible. We are four guys who are passionate about metal. Each of us are virtuosos at our particular instrument but are only a true force when we are creating and playing music as a band.
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?
-Coming up with a unique sound in metal sub-genres can be a bit difficult these days so I think it is just a matter of being true to the style. In doom metal, as long as the riffs are tight, the guitars tuned low and the vocals are harsh if everyone in the band brings their A-games, something great is bound to happen. Each member of the band is a fan of metal and we all have a voracious appetite for music in general. This comes in quite handy when we are writing tunes and applying styles to our songs.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Beldam has had the good fortune of having talented friends who have been willing to help the band along with recording early material. Lately, a tenacity for success has been the driving force which is how we came to be signed by HPDG Productions based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All in all, we have learned the effort and energy you put into your craft is the effort and energy you attracted and we have been very fortunate on this front.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-Absolutely. Songs take time to develop and mature into a finished product. We can finish learning a new song in no time but for it to really be complete it takes weeks of repetition and trying new effects or playing styles to let it become it’s own. Even if you are happy with what you have done, as a musician, it’s always in the back of your head that maybe if you would have changed just a few things the song would be that much better.
I for one feel that the change of 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 recorded music?
-We feel that bands must adapt to change. The industry is constantly shifting and if bands don’t stay out in front of trends, they become obsolete. Music will continue to be around long after we are ant food and in the meantime, Beldam wants to continue creating, recording and playing live shows for our fans. So we have to figure out ways to sustain ourselves while the industry evolves and shifts around us.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Overall the response to our releases have been positive. Still the Wretched Linger has garnered a fair amount of attention and we’re proud to see what we’ve accomplished with it’s release. We’ve been lucky enough to get a lot of air time for the music all over the world and with plenty of support through magazine/blogs/and websites. The real attention grabber for the album release has been the artwork. Stephen Kasner did an outstanding job at adapting our music into the completed artwork. Really the first thing that gets your attention is the face of the album and thanks to him we were able to bring a very strong statement to the release.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-What always amazes us is that music we create in our heads and in practice rooms is embraced by people around the world because of vehicles like Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram etc. Back in the day, there was so much leg work involved in merely having your music heard in your local market that it made the thought of someone hearing your music in another country much less another city or state unimaginable. We are very thankful for technology and social networking.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Truly, the metal community is great to be apart of. There is really no better genre of music that gives you the kind of support you get from metal. Everyone has a common goal of listening and putting out the heaviest music possible and whether you’re on stage or in the crowd you feel that connection. People always come to your shows and someones always got your back. It’s great to be apart of and give back to the people that support you.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We love live shows. We’re very happy with our recorded work but as a band we feel that the best way to connect with people and get the your sound to people is through live performance. A recording is a stand alone feature, but live, you get to feel the energy. Your music can get lost online but when you’re playing a show there is no outside influence, it’s just you and the crowd. Playing live is much more personal and we like to share that experience with the people that enjoy our music. It’s as much fun for us as it is for them.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Our immediate plans are to get back on the road. We’ve steadily been playing shows with some really killer bands and having great success and we want to continue doing it. New material is in the works but for the moment it’s all about taking our music on the road to new places and having a great time.