DAMAGE LIMIT

The Finnish metal scene seems like a lake of no depth. Just when you thought you’d fished your last band a new one arrives. Like DAMAGE LIMIT. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

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 think in our case it kind of depends on the song. Our music has this somewhat stereotypical Finnish melancholy in it but we try not to be too gloomy. I tend to write the lyrics as a sort of diary of my thoughts at any given moment and I think at least some people are able to relate to them. Some songs are more just about straight forward high energy rock ‘n’ roll. I’d say I want people to tap their feet and nod their heads when listening to our records and come to the front row and bang their heads when listening to us live. -Samu

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-I came up with the name Damage Limit after our drummer Teemu broke his shoulder and our guitarist Mikael had a wrist injury and I broke my knee and we had a prolonged period of not being to train properly. I think it also sounds pretty cool 🙂 -Samu

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?
-I have always listened much heavier bands than the rest of the guys most of which have little or nothing to do with our music. My biggest influence in terms of our music has undoubtedly the album “Total 13” by Backyard Babies. I went to see AC/DC in ’00 in Helsinki and Backyard Babies were warming up for them. I was blown away by their show and got the album as a christmas present from my friends. Nowadays I feel I’m mostly influenced by listening to trash metal bands. I have always loved strong guitar riffs in music. I think our music is a good mix of rhythmic and melodic components since Mikael’s biggest influence has to be Hanoi Rocks. -Samu

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?
-At first we played songs that were partly written before Damage Limit was formed and the sound of the band has been evolving to it’s current form along the years. We never had any specific style or sound we were going for. It all came to be quite naturally as we kept playing and writing new stuff. -Samu

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?
-I think it highly depends. I listen to music mostly track by track and/or on playlists. There are just so many albums that I can’t imagine listening like that. It would be like reading a random chapter from a book. I don’t think the album format is going to die entirely but it’s true that the ways people consume music are changing. At least I no longer have time or the patience to sit down and listen to an entire album at once unless I’m travelling or doing something else at the same time. The good thing about releasing single tracks might be that bands have to really invest in every song and not just have a few good songs and 7 filler tracks to be able to release an album every year. -Samu

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I think the cover of an album is really important to catch peoples attention. The artwork plays lesser role today than it did when people were still mostly buying CD’s, but the cover of the album even in digital format gives the viewer the first impression of the band and I really think it’s still very important. I think music videos are still relevant and youtube is kind of today’s way of combining visual art to music. On our latest record “Crank” my brother did all the artwork and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It looks amazing. -Samu

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-As a simple answer to a simple question: Yes ! Promoting on social media is a hard thing to keep in balance. You have to have enough reach, but too much spamming just annoys people. The main thing is to keep your posts interesting. I hate it when bands have to spam their friends and try to get them to spam their friends on clickbait to get to play in band contest kind of social media promoting. Yet social media is a good, cheap and useful way of promoting for sure if you do it respectfully -Samu

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-When we play on festivals or on clubs with other bands sure. Most of the the other bands we’ve played with have been awesome people. Bands tend to be very supportive of each other and when we have the time to spend with other bands after the shows it really feels like something bigger and definitely a scene. Other than that I really don’t think about it that much. -Samu

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We play live as much as we can. It is the best thing about being in a band. Lately it’s been difficult to have the time to play live as much as we’d like to and it’s sometimes really frustrating. Playing live is a great way of spreading the word. We’ve had our own PA equipment since 2011 and have been able to tour totally independently for about 5 years now anywhere they have 230V so it’s been very diverse. -Samu

What will the future bring?
-I hope the near future will bring us the time to complete our first music video for “Crank” and high energy live shows. After that we probably sit down with the band and set sail for something new and exciting. We already have a few new songs and more on the way. Personally I hope I’ll have more time to consentrate on the band and write stuff for a new full lenght album. -Samu

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