CLEGANE

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 CLEGANE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Well, not at all. Watching Game of Thrones I fell for this half burnt character, Sandor Clegane. His background of bitterness yet not heartless and his image where exactly the picture I hade in mind for the doom project we where initiating.
As you can see it is important to me because it carries the sound, the universe, the reflection of band even before you hear them.
You often picture things just by saying the name, so the music has to go with it, or else it will feel awkward.

Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Well this is far wide subject ! At first we where really into stuff from this last decade like Mammoth Storm or Monolord. The thing is, with Laurents (bass/singer) arrival and the work on our music, all kinds of musical horizons blended in.
We could go as far in time as Black Sabbath or mix some grunge from Alice in Chains style.
As it came quite naturally we didn’t realize that these bands were so much part of us and of what they had brought us that they just popped in our influences.
I wouldn’t say they are heroes. They are a part of us, of our story, of our mind.
I guess it means that we make our music like you sail a boat without a rudder !

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Hmmm…good question. I’d say that there is no difference, because it’s not a fact of slow or fast it’s a fact of feeling the rhythm with the guts.
Thus you don’t really arrange, you just realize when it’s the right tempo or not because your body tells you so.

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-We believe that our music is best live. We are currently working on lights and video to enhance the show and bring an even more immersive show. Vibrations and eyecatching would definetly make a nice journey through tthe music.
We like playing on both small stages and big ones. It’s just two different ways of playing.
In small club you have a physical proximity where you can create a intimate communion.
On larger stages, you can create a more heavy sound and add more lights to emphasize the universe.
Both suit our music.

It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
Well, we are just like everyone, we know we are not perfect and that our records aren’t perfect. Of course we could spend time and energy on thinking how we could have done otherwise.
The thing is, we just play our best, learn from our experiences and try to do better each following time.
We never focus on what could have been different or better. What’s done is done and we are already happy it was made possible !
Then we concentrate on the next recording.

Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Yeah that is so true. Promoting is even more important thant composing if you want to reach out.
I have to say we are no champions of promotion, but we do as much as we can.
We use social medias of course. We are lucky enough to have a label helping us a lot with digital distribution (Almost Famous) and all kinds of management and touring stuff.
We met other labels that liked our music and brought there strength too.
We create opportunities, like working with other bands on splits our sharing gigs.
But, we know, we’ll have to do even better to be heard among all these good bands

To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-We do take artwork seriously. I can’t telle you what is a great front cover since it depends on the band, the music, the artist and your taste.
Of course it has to be connected to the music and the best artwork is the one that translates the bands universe, just like showlights and all.
We are lucky to work with Tib Gordon who feels our music just like we do and knows how to put in a picture.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Oh no I don’t think we are part of a national scene. A local one yeah. Even if Paris is big, the doom community is more like a small family. It’s cosy !
Local scene is important for a band, it’s where you grow your roots.
We couldn’t possibly imagine a band going national without starting to spread in a hometown.

It could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-A strange evolution of live scene… There has never been as many gigs and festivals, yet lots of small clubs cannot live anymore on live shows.
Records don’t sell like they use to and bands have to tour to make money. But there are more and more bands and not as much room for them all.
In our genre our experience is quite good because there is always a core of doom fans curious to find out about new bands. There is a mainstream public open to what we do too, and also completely different universes which we meet in the end. This gives nice opportunities like when we played in an electro festival last year !

What does the future hold?
-For us ? Well, a new album and a tour coming up this fall
For the rest ? We’d rather not know because it doesn’t look positive !

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