There are a lot of CREATURES out there but this one is Canadian. Answered by Nick Galati – Guitar Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-Well our main vision of writing music that we would want to listen too has stayed pretty constant. I think maybe what has changed over the years is the types of music we listen too. I know personally I have developed a much larger taste for other genres I may have not been listening too much if at all a few years ago.

Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
-I feel location definitely plays a part for performing. If you go on tour and don’t hit up the right areas or even venues you may not get the type of turn out you were expecting. In terms of having people hear your music or marketing your brand I feel location plays a less significant role now than it did before because of the internet.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings does that bring about?
-Being in a band is a lot of work there is a lot of reward in it seeing people sing along with you at shows and meeting new friends along the way. For us it’s the most rewarding feeling meeting new people that may have otherwise not of know you. Too see you had an impact on someone even if it’s just for that night it’s a very rewarding feeling.

What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-For the most part our album has been fairly well reviewed; we worked very hard on this project and are very proud of what we created. There are always gonna be a few people who will hate on you whom we have already encountered. At the end of the day I think feedback is great and you will never be able to please everyone that’s why I make music for me, if other people like it it’s a bonus.

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-I don’t think there is any way to know before you release a song whether it will be a hit or not. I mean Toto hated the song Africa they thought it would never fly and look where that got them.

As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? What are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-Very simply put analog uses a voltage controlled signal to communicate where as digital uses binary 0’s and 1’s to communicate. There are lots of pros and cons analog tends to have a bigger warmer sound where as digital is more static and cold sounding. They both have a lot of practical applications in the metal genre but I feel like this type of music is a very digital driven sound so you tend to find more guys using digital gear like myself.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-That is what we do this for; the best feeling in the world is having someone you never met tell you how much they dig your music.

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-As a guitarist lyrics are kind of secondary to me when I listen to metal. Though I do understand the vocalist and the lyrics are what most people identify with. So in that regard vocals are very important, and even though to me lyrics are more of a background thing I think metal music in particular feels like it’s missing something when there are no vocals. I kind of look at the vocals as an instrument especially when it’s aggressive, for us at least the vocals really help make the music that much heavier.

I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-I think you hit the nail on the head with that, I feel like the album art work on big old school vinyl records was always way more intense and made up to be a huge thing. But now people barely even buy music let alone hold physical copies of it so I think album art work really took a back seat after the downfall of physical music sales.

What does the future hold?
-We are already writing a follow up to this EP filled with lots of heavy things to come. We are going on a small tour next month across Ontario and will be releasing a few videos in the coming weeks. We are really excited and can’t wait to see what other things will be unfolding.

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