BLACKRAT

In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with BLACKRAT. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-To play hard and fast music drunkenly. We didn’t put much thought into it, and I think it shows on the early stuff haha.

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?
-It’s probably really hard, that’s why we didn’t do it. We just played stuff that we thought sounded like what we were into at the time, that being early sodom kreator bathory etc. the old evil sound.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Writing songs has never taken that long, since the material is not exactly ‘progressive’. But recording and releasing is always a huge ordeal. Getting all three of us to pay attention for long enough to get things recorded is next to impossible.

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?
-Well we’ve never done stuff that way so I can’t really say if that’s a problem or whatever, but true diehards will always listen to full albums. I don’t think that’s going anywhere.

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?
-The metal is sick but never die.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Russel (drums) always has some weird get-up. people like that. It is not uncommon for him to bleed in his undies.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-There’s always hordes of south american, malaysian, south east asian maniacs etc. It seems like people from more obscure places are often the first ones to pay attention these days, it’s really bizarre but cool. Come play brazil \m/

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
-Absolutely. It’s ridiculous how many people you get to meet who end up being very similar to you. Like going to a city on the other side of the world and the scene is the exact same. There’s not that many people doing this anywhere really, so you end up making friends in strange places. Definitely traveling is the biggest perk of all this dumb shit.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It depends, sometimes you have a crazy gig where a couple hundred people are murdering each other. Sometimes you get five people staring at their phones. But we’ve got a good group of bands that we’ve become friends with just through organizing gigs together over the internet. Obviously playing live helps but these days there’s also a lot of hype and social media strategy involved, which is lame.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Never relax!

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