Just from the name you know that this is going to be dark and brutal. CORPUS CHRISTII Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
— The name “Corpus Christii” was fluent in ones life, dealing with a Catholic country, going to monuments and churches. You see it in walls and so on. But I think that one day it hit me differently, when I was 15 or so. I saw it as a name/meaning of utter pain and delusion. Over 2000 years of slavery and suffering, thus why I chose this name. So yes, it fits perfectly a Black Metal band.
It did took a while to come up with the band, but I had the name way before.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
— Corpus Christii started in 1998 with me and Ignis Nox, we are a Black Metal band that never did compromise nor ever followed any trends. I have always been true to what has come to my head and heart. Fluent with my releases and above all faithful to the essence of Black Metal and its essence.
There is no much use to talk about what we have done or not, if you want to find out the band, just listen to us. The music talks for itself.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
— I have nbo direct influences, I mean, I do not listen to other bands and try to do something that way. In fact I barely listen to B.M. when I am composing. I merely pick up my guitar and something comes up, always does, somehow it always works out that way. In many cases I have the whole track, all parts already “printed” in my head. I know how each section will sound. Not always like this, but in many cases it is. Not sure it is like this with most musicians, just is with me.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
— I never thought about it that way, but I guess so, but at the same time it is a very selfish, egocentric Art expression of oneself. So I don´t really know how to answer that.
All in all I don´t really care. There´s bands and people I like, basically that.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
— The more bands put so much into promo shots, try to look mysteriouys, the less I care for promo shots. The more I go for “lets take some pics, yeah, can be right now”. Things are becoming pathetic, all theather and I am not up for that. B.M. needs a face, people need to assume theyr position, their status in Black Metal, not hide.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
— My utopian views in how I perceive life and how I live it. My constant struggle to become the ultimate human I can be, the ultimate Satanist. That is what Corpus Christii is all about.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
— The album is as relevant, people are the ones taking it less relevant, because there is just so many albums these days. Hard to consume something the right way. Who keeps an album in his record player for a full week these days ? Everyone consumes albums like if it was candy. Just wrong, totally wrong.
And yes, in a way the format in how one listens does not help to this. But it is the person´s fault.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
— I don´t care anymore. All is fine as long I can keep recording my albums. Fact is my studio budgets are rock bottom these days because of CD sales. That yes sucks, but fuck it, I sort it out somehow.
I listen to tapes in my car still, at home vinyl and some digital,. Other people is their business. I don´t give a fuck anymore. I do not see myself as part of this”plastic” fast everything world.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
— We tour almost every single year and do fests abroad. Last years we have been doing a lot of fests here in Portugal. Back in the day it used to be pretty hard to play in our homeland. So yeah, we do play, but still not as muich as we would like to. We were never up to pay for playing, so we never did part of massive tours. I will not a dimme to go on a tour, it is all fake, Those opening acts paying for the headliner to get paid, nah, not my thing, all bullshit.
If invited, we play, and I love playing live, really do, and I do think we are a live band. We manage, we feel at home on stage.
What lies in the future?
— A split 7´´ with Darkmoon Warrior from Germany, some fests on the works and planning some small tours. Not much more, a step at a time. We are not a career band, I do things for pleasure.