CONFESSIONS OF A TRAITOR

CONFESSIONS OF A TRAITOR is a new acquaintance for me. But as I liked what I heard I wanted to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Back when the band was formed we all had dreams of touring, headlining festivals making it big… but dreams is all that they were! We were just a 5 mates that had a mutual love of all things heavy and wanted to have a good time. Even with member changes that ethos is still very much at large! The fact we have managed to tour several European countries and support some of our favourite bands, in front of at points, thousands of people is crazy and something we thought realistically would never happen! We just hope we can keep progressing and see how much further out this can take us!

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We went into the studio wanting to create a raw emotive group of songs that reflect our feelings and state as a band. With the Help of Romesh (our producer) we more than feel this has been acheived! From the riffs, lyrics and as far as the production- it has come out the way we wanted!

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-We are always wanting to better ourselves musically. This EP was a step up from our debut ‘Seasons’ and we aim to keep improving with future releases. We dont have a particular specific sound but creating raw energy and sticking to a ferocious live show is definitely a direction we seem to be steering towards!

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Having a message is very important. We have been so humbled in the response to some of our lyrics hearing that they have genuinely helped people. Our main topic in this EP is about keeping hope and a hold of the light in the hardest and darkest times. And coming through those times the other side as a stronger person with stronger foundations to build your life and grow as a human being. Moving forward we hope to continue the the message of positivity but keep everything original and venture into more subjects whether they are general or personal to ourselves.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-100% yes it is important. The artwork for an album a lot of the time is a potential new fans first impression of the band and its image. We have found the artwork for this EP ‘Illuminate’ has been a real vocal point for people when talking about the cd! So yes i guess in our case, which may be an anomaly, good artwork has worked for us!

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-It’s hard because at times maybe we dont actually stand out? We try our best on a digital platform to just be as professional as possible but we beleive that most of our following we have gained due to our live show! We pride ourselves in an energetic show which seems to captivate audiences.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Our local scene is so thriving with talent its amazing to see all the bands before us making it to a great level! We are lucky enough to have done some amazing things as a band internationally, but we wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without the support from our local scene, peers and management! We love coming home playing london and being able to play to familiar faces, its always something special!

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-I completely understand where your coming from, but luckily for us, there is only a very slight minority of people who still act and think like that! Where we come from we are surrounded by a very open minded community. Yes, not everyone likes the music we play, but they can appreciate the passion, energy and time we have put into our craft. Metal is slowly coming into the mainstream with bands like Bring Me the Horizon regularly played on our radios, its great to see peoples minds opening up to more variety!

What does the future hold for you?
-Who knows!! Haha we hope to keep touring, keep exploring the world and playing / meeting new people! Our EP is being released through Sliptrick Records and then we want to move onto writing a full length album. Right now we have a wicked UK tour lined up in support of our release with TrapT and hopefully a few european shows to announce for the autumn! Let’s see where the year and this cd takes us… Either way were having a lot of fun and are filled with ambition to keep moving forward!

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