Sometime you just gotta let the music do the talking and reduce your brain activity to just listening. That is what I’ve done with BETRAYAL. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Personally, I would like to have the listener to take his time with the music. I want him to enjoy the ideas we came up with and the atmosphere we created. It would be awesome if the person who listens to our CD is encouraged to relisten it over and over again with the aim to understand and find all the small extras which are not clear on first sight.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The band’s name has no deeper meaning. It somehow came up and had a good sound our ears… Sorry to disappoint.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We are definitely a Death Metal band with a strong favor for the technical side of this music genre. A big influence, of course, is Death. The combination of Technical Metal, which has that unique groove to it, definitely inspired every one of the band members. Another great influence is the Swedish Melodic Death Metal, especially the guys from At The Gates. I think, we have some progressive approaches on the new album as well. Kilian, our songwriter, is a huge King Crimson and Mastodon fan, so there are definitely some influences here. At the same time, we try to give our music the required brutality and rhythm, which in combination builds an atmosphere that leads you to keep listening to the music and make it fun to perform live. For example, on our new album there is not one break in between the songs to keep up the atmosphere and underline the concept of the record. The godfathers of this “atmospheric” metal are Behemoth for me. Their whole concept from music to stage appearance is just amazing
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-I dont think think there was a specific intend to it. First anf foremost it is about making music and creating sounds we enjoy ourselves without any restrictions which we might have put upon us if we would concentrate on finding such a combo.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I am not sure about that myself. On the one hand it gives the bands the opportunity to present their music easier. On the other hand, as you said, the willingness of fans to buy Cds decreases.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-For us, the artwork has to represent the ideas which lie behind the album we are presenting. We dont think as much about how it is going to be accepted by the buyer but how it convinces ourselves.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Do as much as possible and show the stuff to the rigth people… Always stays the same.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Not particularly. We have an awesome Metal Scene and it is great to hang around with people who appreciate what you are doing and enjoy the same music as oneself. But that feels more like family not like a “greater good” kind of thing.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-I absolutely agree. Otherwise it is hard to get the attention of new listeners. On the other hand promoters tend to let the bands play for nearly nothing. And this is a point where the behaviour of the fans has to change a bit. I mean a lot of bands spend a lot of time for this hobby and work hard to achieve a good product which anyone can enjoy (mostly for free as mentioned above). So in my opinion the people have to understand that the admission price has to be higher than five or six euros.
But anyway, Betrayal definitely is a live Band. We enjoy performing our stuff in front of the audience and get direct feedback.
What will the future bring?
-We will see.. Hopefully some festival appearances or maybe a little tour in 2017. We will work on new material and try to persuate as many people live as possible!