COVEN has been going for a very long time but still have just a couple of albums to its name. if you are not familiar with this band then check out what Jinx Dawson has to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound was going?
-Coven was specifically formed to reveal my Left Hand Path occult roots and do a scholarly musical work on the subject. Tho my relatives were adamantly against it, I decided to forge on. Some sounds came from the Obeah workers at my great aunts’ mansion and some from hearing the family’s coven in ritual. The Big House afforded many eerie sounds for me as a child.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-I am always satisfied with my work. But sometimes others who are forced into the mix, as producers and record labels, want to put their spin on things which is not always appropriate. The latest recordings are perfect because there were no outsiders to disrupt the proceedings.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-When we first started, many did not even know the meaning of the word. So much so, that the definition was printed on the first album, ‘Witchcraft’ . Coven is ‘a band of witches’, so it could not be more apropos.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Ours was never a planned image as such. We always wore all black, capes, dark makeup, inverted rosaries. That is just what a Left Hand Pather wears in real life. First of all, we do not have fans, we refer to anyone that likes what we do as ‘Cherished Friends’. And we hope to bring together people of like mind.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-I am an artist myself and feel it is utmost import to incorporate the proper visuals with the music inside an album.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-We like to converse with our Cherished Friends from time to time when possible. They have many queries on Black
Magick, Witchcraft and the Left Hand Path. And surprisingly in the past years, we have gotten only a few negative reactions from people against LHP. So there seems to be a more open mindedness and swelling interest in the occult subjects than when we started.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-It does indeed.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Not important. After being on five major labels, we have our own label now called NEVOC Musick. They always caused us much unwanted chaos. Tho I suppose there might be one out there that we could work in harmony with.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We used to tour constantly back in the day. But we were ultimately banned in many of our own areas and overseas, as were some of the albums. And the band went clandestine in the 1990’s. As of late, we have had more requests from Europe to do festivals and shows than in America. Tho my inbox is full of requests from everywhere.
What will the future bring?
-Now that occult bands have become the rage, I assume we can come out of our clandestine state to finish what we started. So mote it be