When I reviewed the DALKHU cd a while back I was impressed but I never got round to interviewing them. But that has be sorted now, Answers by J.G. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is this band really all about?
-To write and record music. Nothing more, nothing less.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-From media yes. As far as fans are concerned I haven’t really noticed that.
When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-I read most of the reviews we get. It feels good when you read reviews that find your album above average or positive, it means that someone else felt the energy that we as a band have put into making of the album and that is an achievement on its own.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-For me it’s the whole writing process. The biggest challenge is to write songs for the album, to compose them, to arrange them and to not loose the bigger picture of what you want to do on the album. Also one of the reasons why writing process is the biggest challenge for me is that I sometimes hit a creative wall, where I just can’t come up with a decent riff for some time.
Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-Analog recordings still sound way better, but digital is more accessible and cheaper. If I had the budget I would love to record and make an analog album. You can’t beat an analog album done right.
With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound
-I view our sound on Descend… as powerful, heavy and direct. The sound is not chaotic, but balanced just enough so you can hear all the little nuances going on thought the album. People tell me they hear new stuff even after ten spins. There is a lot going on you don’t hear on the first take and the sound as well as the album as a whole demand attention from the listener, so that you can appreciate the album.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Lyrics are important to me, but we are not out on a mission to spread a certain message. I write about my thoughts, death, life, misanthropy & the fall of men, occult and about how everyone should use and think with their own mind. People can relate or not relate to the lyrics.
What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Artwork for the album is important because it is a visual side of the album, it is the first thing that gives you some glimpse of insight about the album. Album artwork can also persuade you to buy an album or not, it has that effect. It plays a big role and metal bands are well aware of that and that’s why metal album covers are million times better than mostly any other musical genre has to offer.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We do not play live.
What do you see in the future?
-In a year or two hopefully a new Dalkhu record, that will again be a little bit different.