Under A Bloodred Sky is a fave Dismember track so to find a band that chose to call themselves BLOODRED was pretty cool. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-Obviously “BLOODRED” set´s the tone right from the start. I grew up listening to bands like Dismember, Death, Morbid Angel and Metallica. Those were band names where you knew what music you would get. And this is exactly what I wanted to achive for BLOODRED to. It may not be the most innovative or extraordinary name, but it´s memorable and fit´s the music.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-After having played in local bands at some point in time it became clear, that the songs I wrote tended to go into a more extreme direction. After quitting the last band I still kept on writing new songs, but at first I didn´t record them in any way. Eventually I deceided that I didn´t want to write songs for “nothing” anymore and this is why I “founded” BLOODRED in 2009.
What is your definition of the metal you play?
-Actually I personally don´t like to categorize music into too many subgenres. I play Metal! That´s it. But I know that it helps getting a better idea about the music when you find a suitable genre. This is why I go with “Epic Blackened Death” and I think this fit´s quite well. “Extreme Metal” is ok too.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-If you listen closely you will find, that on many tracks I don´t follow the traditional way of arranging the music (verse – chorus – verse etc.). With “Im Kalten Licht Der Ewigkeit” there´s one song on the record, where I don´t even repeat a part and every riff or melody is new. I don´t force this, but it happens a lot. And I think it keeps the songs more intersting and less predictable. As for arraning tracks on an album this is a science in itself … Of course you have to have a strong opener, but after that it´s all about getting the right “flow” in the songs. I think it´s best to mix different aspects of your music and in the songs, else it´ll get boring after the first few songs. This is the reason why on the album after “Nemesis”, a very epic, multi-layered song, next is “The Hail-Storm”, which is quite a fast and straight-forward song. But you never know, so I hope this works for the listeners …
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Inspiration is everywhere, you can´t and you shouldn´t escape the influence of your enviroment. Be it music, art, landscapes or some news, everything can trigger inspiration – most of the time unknowingly. For me writing a riff often starts with an more or less abstract idea in my head. And this idea might be connected to a certain impression I had during the day or something I talked about with other people. Often this impression then sets the tone for a riff or even the whole song. And this is also one of my key aproaches to writing music: The music and lyrics should blend together in the best possible way. So for me it´s vital that I know what the lyrics will be about in early stages of the writing process.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-While the music is of course the most important part of BLOODRED, the graphic side is also a very important! Without a fitting artwork the whole “product” would lack something. This is why I decided to work with Stefan Heilemann for the new album. Not only has he worked for many renownded bands in the past, but he also has a very creative and also kind of “sick” approach when creating his art. I had the rough concept for the album-artwork when we first met. What happened during the photo-shooting was, that we developed this concept even further with every shot he took. The cover now in my opinion captures the dark essence of “NEMESIS” in the best possible way. It´s so full of details, that you can discover something new everytime you look at it.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-There´s definitively a greater freedom in regard to everything about recording and demoing stuff. I remember the times very well, when I recorded the riffs and ideas on a cassette tape recorder. Nowadays with all the tools and software it is easy to record at home with a decent quality. Still I think it is better to go into a studio and work with a producer, because the outside view on your art is important – at least for me.
Another thing which has changed dramatically is the distribution of the music. It´s all about digital music now and only a small group of people still buys CDs or Vinyl (although there has been a revival for Vinyl lately). On the one hand this means, that you can reach your audience very easy, but on the other hand I have the feeling that the appreciation for the work of an artist as lessened in the last 10 years or so. Back in the day getting a new album by your favorite band was an event: listening to the music, studying the artwork and reading the lyrics. Today it´s just a mouse-click. To look on the bright side: discovering new bands like BLOODRED is also easy with the new possibilities.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-In terms of recording and distributing music I don´t see any limitations to digital. As I said earlier there are some disadvantages, but there are also (new) possibilities.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-That´s a hard question! Strictly musically speaking there of course is a scene with bands who blend different genres of Extreme Metal. The each may focus on different aspects of Black Metal, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal etc. but there are many awesome bands out there. Since I´m a one-man-project and releasing my first full-lengt now it is difficult to be part of a “scene”. I hope this will change when BLOODRED finally will also become a live band.
What does the future hold?
-The next thing is of course the release of the first full-length album “NEMESIS” on April 8th and I can´t wait to find out how this record will be received by the people. I think it a great package with the music, production and the stunning artwork! I´m really proud of it. But even with the album not released yet, I´ve already started writing new songs. So far four songs are finished, let´s see how they mature over the next months and if they stand the test of time.
One of my main goals for this year however is to finally find members for a live band! Writing music and recording it in the studio is fun (and sometimes challenging), but I miss being on stage. I want to see people react to the music and feel the flow of energy between the band and the crowd. But since I´m living in quite a remote area it is not easy finding the right people. But I won´t give up …!