CREINIUM is a yet another Finnish metal band. Are there only metal bands and polka bands in Finland? Not that I complain. I’m a huge polka fan… ehh metal fan. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-I guess we just want people to like what their listening to. And if they don’t, it’s more than fine. Also I think I’d want our music to expand people’s taste in music, because that’s what I personally want from good music. For example, at first you listen to death metal and death metal only. Then you find some listenable death metal with black metal influences, which drives you to delve into the world of black metal and so on. I think our way of mixing all kinds of subgenres together is a great tool for people to find styles of music new to them.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
– Wasn’t that hard really. We had a vision that the name shouldn’t mean anything other than the band and it should be short, preferably only one word. I juggled all kinds of words derived from real words with meanings and finally came up with Creinium. Doesn’t take much of a Sherlock to figure out which word it’s derived from. Somehow it sounded right, and a Google search with it proved that it would be unique enough. Although it has proven to be really fucking hard to spell right for some reason. We’ve seen and heard Creminium, Crenium, Creimium, Cranium etc.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?,
– Before listening to metal, I listened to a lot of electronic music: Darude, K-System, Bomfunk MC’s and the likes. Then I heard some Nightwish. After that it went just like the gateway drug theory. First Children Of Bodom and Norther, then Dimmu Borgir and Thyrane, and so on.
Nowadays I listen to nearly every genre of metal, as well as some electronic music and prog rock. The genres I listen less are metalcore, thrash and oldschool black and death. The only common nominator amongst the bands and artists that I like today is age. Basically I don’t like any music older than myself (born in 1991). Apart from a few exceptions my favorite songs are from this millennium.
I guess the most important influences for me nowadays are (not in a specific order) Katatonia, Insomnium, Children Of Bodom, Diablo, Dimmu Borgir, Swallow The Sun, Shade Empire, Shape Of Despair, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Carach Angren, Omnium Gatherum, Infected Mushroom, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Gloria Morti, Ghost Brigade, Daylight Dies etc. etc. etc.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
– Basically me and the other founding member Antti just picked all the good songs, finished and unfinished, from our last band and started with a clean slate under a new name. The sound was similar to the last band, but all the crappiest songs had been eliminated. The name is just a name. As stated before, it doesn’t really represent anything.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
– It’s not bad to be able to release digital singles worldwide via Spotify etc. We did that a few years ago when we wanted to re-record 2 songs from our demo and also introduce the sound of our new vocalist, Eeli Helin. Digital single seemed the right way to do it.
Of course it is a lot harder for a band to make a living or even cover the expenses, if there is no physical copy to be sold. It’s no secret that online streaming isn’t too lucrative for the artists. On the other hand, with a digital single you don’t have to pay squat for the CD and booklet production. All you need is the audio and some cover art.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
– It’s pretty much the same as with the band name. It doesn’t bear major signifance, at least not in my opinion. First we write the songs, the lyrics, refine both of them, record them etc. After that we just procure the cover art somehow. Of course it needs to look good, but the content isn’t such a big deal, if the entity looks good.
However, I must say that the cover art of Hallucinosis blew all of our minds. I sent this guy, Jussi Salolainen, the songs and the lyrics, and already his first draft looked like it completely represented the atmosphere and feelings on the album. Maybe in the future we will give a bit more thought on what will be on the album cover, rather than just how it looks.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
– The band is so new, that we have gotten used to social media since the beginning. However, since the times of the previous band, social media has changed a lot. Facebook has gotten bigger and bigger, and some other sites that were social media before there was social media, have pretty much died. Especially Finnish sites. That has narrowed the promotion possibilities a bit, at least in Finland.
Lately we’ve been trying to be a bit more active on Instagram and Twitter, since more and more people seem to be using them. Time will tell, how it’ll turn out.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
– Damn, these questions are tricky. Being in a band this “small” doesn’t feel too grand, at least not yet. Still when you’re on a gig with likeminded people, there is this certain feel of unity.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
– The last year has been very difficult in terms of touring. We had a lot of lineup changes, which prevented us from even rehearsing. I hope that will change in the near future.
Gigging is definitely a good way of spreading the word, since usually the fans of the other bands playing at the same gig might hear your band too and even like it. Right now in Finland it’s not too easy being a small band doing gigs. A lot of the smaller venues have gone bankrupt, so it’s getting pretty difficult to find places to perform in. Of course it would be great, if we would get a chance to support some bigger bands in bigger venues.
What will the future bring?
– We can never know. I can say that the near future will bring the publication of our brand new full lineup. Other than that, I’m hoping that we’ll be doing a lot of gigs and having a lot of fun.
We like to joke about making a new album in 2-5 years, but right now there are zero finished songs, just some miscellanious drafts in the drawer.