COBRA CULT is a Swedish band that I have just recently discovered. You too should check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
CC: Band name, logo, the way you look, the music you play, it´s all a part of how you want to present your band, and what message you want to send to your potential audience. This is what you get when you listen to Cobra Cult, that´s our way to look at it so for us it´s the whole package.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
CC: We play music that we like, and if other people like it as much as we do, that´s perfect, but it´s not the end of the world if we don´t get standing ovations. After a recording is finished, it´s a release in some way. You will always hear things that could have been different or perhaps better, but it´s always a great feeling to be done in the studio and be able to present your new stuff to the world.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
CC: Cobra Cult is a live band so the recordings are the foundation to get us on the road. The potential anxiety is foremost during the recordings, like “let´s finish this so we can get out and do some gigs”. We´re also different individuals and as in all other bands, some like the work in the studio more than others.
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
CC: You tell me. We do everything ourselves and it´s really just to never give up even if club owners, bookers, magazines, whatever never replies or would´nt book you for a gig. Never give up. Be out there on social platforms and let the audience get to know you as a band. Build a platform. And of course, do gigs. Do a lot of gigs, and do them really good.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
CC: Sure, metal could work for us. Even if we ourselves define our music as “Rock´n´rollish metalpunk”. It´s a way to help potential fans to know what the band sound like. In our case anyway. If we would label our music as “metal” only, some people would say, but hey, you´re to soft to be metal. So, i guess sometimes it´s a good thing that there is more than one genre.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
CC: Stockholm is not a rock´n´roll town, it´s a black- and death metal town. It´s a totally different thing when you go further south in the country. There´s the scene is a bit different and and people are more into our kind of music. But, as we´re not a defined metalband and not your average modern/retro rockband, it´s to early to say that we are a part of a specific scene. That´s not a problem for us as we think we could fit any scene. So far we have met really awesome people and made new great friends so perhaps we´re building our own scene.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
CC:It´s really important. The cover art should tell you directly what you will expect when you put the record on. For us, the artwork for this album really is spot on, we´re so pleased with the result. You get the feeling that this is something that will be intense and rock´n´rollish both on the album and live. That´s Cobra Cult in a nutshell.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
CC: There are definitly negative sides on that. As there are so many bands out there it´s almost impossible to get thru to the audience. And still being signed by a label is for many a kind of quality stamp, a recognition. But one of the things by being signed by a label is to get help with the distribution and promotion of your records, cause you have to get out there to be noticed. That´s a really hard thing to do by yourself. But, the best way to get noticed is of course to wright really cool music and do great live shows. That´s, from our point of view, is the most important thing. The live shows must be good. Then people will start talking about you and that´s your chance. There are too many bands that sounds awesome on record, but really doesn´t live up to the expectation live.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
CC: We´re a liveband so we like all kind of gigs. Our gigs are quite short and intense. You should´nt play to long sets as people can´t see a band for more than about 35 minutes. Therefore we play 35 minutes. And we do it great.
What lies in the future?
CC: For 2019 we´re aiming to do as many gigs as possible, wherever people want us to play. We will also record and release new songs. Perhaps even a new full length album, who knows? Keep your eyes open and be sure to check us out live on stage.