With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to COLLAPSUS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it ? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music ?
-I think that a band name is of course really important. That’s the first thing defining an artistic entity, so you have to choose a name that represent the most what you try to express through your music. Collapsus is our name, and it evokes a certain sense of Fatality, like our lyrical content and our music. It describes perfectly the atmosphere of our musical style.
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 like it ?
-You have to do all you can to be proud of what you’re going to hear or present to others, because you can regret it later, and you don’t always have the opportunity to reverse the process. Just after the recording sessions, you don’t have the necessary recoil to evaluate the quality of your work. That’s why it’s important to let your ears and brain relaxing several days, in order to evaluate your performance. It’s only possible when you don’t have some big time issues, and fortunately, it is the case for us.
Concerning people’s reaction, it’s really gratifying when you have positive feedbacks, but it’s something that you can’t control.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music ? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your head ?
-It’s difficult to describe, because it depends of your own feelings at a precise moment, of your mood and of the track you’re recording. It’s a mix of different things. Some can be controlled, some cannot. But is it just a matter of control when you’re recording a track ? Sometimes, you let yourself go, without questions, and you produce something you never have thought you could do.
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 ?
-We’re not really seasoned in terms of promotional tactics, and we just begin to enter the jungle now that we have something we’re proud of to present. Due to the fact that we’re like newcomers, even if we’re playing together since several years, we still have a lot to learn in that department. Without label or external promotion, the best way to learn is to cast yourself in the arena. It requires a lot of work, time and patience, because it’s not certain that everyone will answer to your solicitations. But, in the end, I think you can’t have no results.
Today, we have all these different subgenres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these ? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag ?
-Metal can’t be enough to be a tag, because it has become a really diverse genre these last decades, and the array is still becoming wider and wider through the years. For example, it’s difficult to compare Nightwish and Cannibal Corpse, but both are Metal. Furthermore, more and more bands combine different influences today, in and out of the metal spectrum. For me, it’s a good think and a natural process of evolution. It keeps the scene dynamic and interesting for the most part, even if I understand that some purists can be not convinced by these changes.
In our case, we can be labeled as « Death Metal », « Melodic Death Metal », « Melodic Death/Black », « Technical Death Metal ». It’s not a problem for me because it can be justified in every case, and these differences of classification prove that we have a lot of diverse influences.
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 90’s ?
-During the late 90s, when I began to make music and play metal in some local bands, I was proud to belong to a marginal scene, driven by Passion and free Creativity . Now that I’m older, I’m still a bit nostalgic of these times during which there was some kind of magic that seems to have disappeared nowadays.
Today, there’s a lot of amazing bands in the french metal scene, having their own style and it’s a positive thing from an artistic perspective for me. On the other hand, there’s not a national or local typical sound or scene, like it was the case for the amazing US Thrash, Norwegian Black or Swedish Death metal scenes. In times where a lot of bands born and emerge from every part of the world, the feeling of belonging to a specific collective is certainly mitigated.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does the art work for album covers play in the world of the band ?
-The visual content is extremely important for me if you want to present a certain cohesiveness in your art, and it’s impossible to dissociate the artwork from the lyrical and musical content when you release an album. Everything must be linked together to form the whole thing. As a fan, I really love to listen to an album with the pleasure to admire the illustrations going with the music, and stimulating my own imagination and interpretation. As far as we are concerned, we take the visual very seriously, and we like to have a cover that both can attract and represent the atmosphere of the music.
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 negative consequences to music being to readily available to fans now that Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff ?
-I think that being signed by a serious label is still better because even if it’s easy to upload your stuff today, it’s still difficult to emerge in an ocean of releases. You can easily be lost in the mass and public has become harder to catch due to the relentless flow of multiple productions. Everyone use the same tools to promote their music and it’s really hard to make his name in a obstructed industry.
Moreover, it has become really difficult for a lot of musicians to live of their music, and almost all of them must have a daily job outside of their band, so they can’t rehearse every day like it was the case during the 80s or even the early 90s. Due to these things, a lot of cohesiveness and groove seems to have disappeared nowadays, even if the production possibilities have increased a lot during these last years.
What is a gig with you like ? What kind of shows do you prefer to play ?
-A show is a kind of interaction between people and the band, and it’s an opportunity to attract new metalheads for us. To play your stuff the best possible way, the technical conditions of the gig’s venue must be decent, and it’s unfortunately not the case everytime, but every band has to deal with it, and it’s always a kind of privilege to have the chance to do a gig. After the show, you can speak with other bands and drink a beer with one or several new converted fan(s) . These little pleasures are priceless !
I don’t have any preference in terms of gigs,as soon as the conditions seem to be decent.
What lies in the future ?
-At the moment, as we all know, we are in a difficult time of crisis so it’s impossible to plan something for the next months. We cannot rehearse these weeks and we just have to be patient and hope to stay in good health. After that, we will restart to play together for future gigs, and we will begin to gather some new ideas for the successor of « Shockwaves of Decline ».
Thanks a lot for your questions Anders ! For every metalhead reading this, if a blend of aggressivity, gloomy melodies with a little bit of technicality is your thing, give us a chance.