To be honest I thought that BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME was some sort of metalcore act before I did this interview but I was wrong. And from now I’ll back track their albums. Answers from DAN. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-We’re still doing the same thing we’ve always done, trying to write music that satisfies ourselves and crosses a vast aural space; and then you know..just going out and performing, that’s all we really know how to do so we’re thankful to still be doing it 15 + years in.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Fuck yeah it did, our minds were a little blown by the great mixing job that Jens Bogren did, we sort of knew what to expect from his previous work but man he really blew us away from the first song he sent. Legend.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-After 8 albums and various live recordings…yeah, I think we have an idea what we’re doing!
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-I’m not real sure where all Tommy is coming from, but there’s usually a story involved. Dig in and make your own interpretations! I focus on the music and we offer him help and ideas whenever he needs it but he has it on lockdown after all this time.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Probably not, but I just love the whole package so much. The idea of opening an album and getting sucked into a world is the same for me as when I was 12 and buying my first CDs and I’d hope people still have that experience with our records.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-We make a living playing music and a pretty original form of it at that, so we feel very fortunate. We’re a very blue collar band, we make money going out and doing the work the only way we really know how. “Big” is all relative, I mean the fact that we went to Singapore and played to 200 people blew my mind, but I’m sure Tool is going there and playing to a stadium full of people so our ideas of big might be a little skewed.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-You tell me! If you’ve heard our music there must be something about it that stands out, we’re just writing stuff that makes us excited. It’s hard to dissect too much of it.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-In North Carolina the music is pretty diverse, our heritage is in jazz and bluegrass, but one of the largest indie rock labels Merge is here, and there are great studios and engineers which we’re fortunate to have so we don’t have to leave the state to record. Lots of interesting music and art scenes.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-I’m not really tuned in to the metal world, sorry! There are lots of different forms and there seem to be fans of all sub genres so that’s great. Diversity is key, people are more into barriers being broken down so that’s what I’m into.
What does the future hold for you?
-The debut for my group Nova Collective just came out and we’ll be on tour this fall; new BTBAM in the works. It all keeps going, keep and eye out online for everything.