It took me a while to realize that this band’s name is really clever and cool. Fortunately it doesn’t end there with BLOOD MOON HYSTERIA. The music matches the name. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

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
-I wanted to make some metal music again. Been away from the metal scene for some years and now was the time to come back. And to create BLOOD MOON HYSTERIA. Something fresh and new for me to dedicate myself to for many full moons. It was easy to pick up a thread as I had a vision about how it was going to sound. Worked hard for some months and made the songs that ended up on ‘Crimson Sky’ EP.

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?
-It’s very hard to be 100% satisfied… At least when you look back on things in retrospect. Sometimes it’s just small details and I try not to use much energy on the past. The way we did it on the EP was good for me as I already knew the producer. We recorded the tracks and he did the raw mixes. He sent them to me and I listened to them for a few weeks. Later we continued with the final mixing together. I need to be involved with the final product or else I would never have done it. Very pleased of how it turned out. Proud to be part of it.

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?
-The meaning of the band name is a counter strike to all the religious doomsday prophechies. The things I despise…

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is important for this band. Try to keep some mystique. Some kind of untouchable entity.
Would like the fans to get an impression of something dark, cold and hypnotic. That there is metal bands out there that does not sound like everybody else. Originality is needed around these days.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Cool and wicked art work is key. The first impression of a band for many people. Some hear the music first, but others see the album cover. It’s a big part of the total package.

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?
-For this band it has been very helpful. I get in touch with the fans and communicate with the people I need. But social media is also very annoying sometimes. Many use it too much and it seems to be reality for some. The are limits indeed. Youtube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Facebook are a must. But fuck that shit.

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Not really. In my hometown there is only one great metal band. That’s Gehenna. The first time I heard First Spell was when I was 14 years old and smoking with my friends. Stoned and blown away by the music. Good memories.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-To me it is very important to be signed to a record label. They help me with all the things I can’t do on my own. Trying to focus on writing music and lyrics, so others can do the work that’s needed to get the attention. For an album release or music video. Or other news in general.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-For now, it’s still a one man project. So the live stuff is still something for the near future. Looking for permanent members or people to play with on regular basis. Had two guest musicians on the EP. Fredrik S and Leo Moracchioli. (Leo is also the producer) It worked out very well.

What will the future bring?
-Millions of dollars, whores, booze, drugs, everything I can dream of. And the apocalypse…

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