DARK LEGACY is a Swedish metal band that I have missed out on. Answers by Daniel T (D) and Mikael Dagobert (M). Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
M: Too make music that we like and create something you can´t value in money.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
D: It’s actually nothing I or we thought much about. Putting 6 different musicians together kinda creates an own sound by itself. Maybe we’re just lucky on that point of view.
M: As long as you trying hard I think it won´t work at all. The sound is the result of many years of playing together in combination of your own experience from different kinds of music and life in general.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
D: The process is… long. The writing process is anyhow shorter then to record it. Again when playing in a band with many members with families, different projects, childs etc it’s a puzzle to get it all together.
M: Yeah, it´s a puzzle in many ways…a musical puzzle.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for exempel?
D: Maybe so in a whole. But it’s all depending of how pressious the format is for the induvidual creating it.
M: If you not rich like Scrooge McDuck it´s necessary to find a way of reccording that you can afford. The way I see it there´s no risk that you release only single song of the reason you mention as long as you are the master of the recording and not the slave of the technology. If you´re lazy and not prepared for hard studiowork you´d better stay in bed and after all the most important with music is the quality of the song and the arrangements. It doens´t matter how good the recording sounds if the song is just crap.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
D: Probaly an flooding market where much passes under the radar. There are both pros and cons. In the long term people can’t live on creating music, if not being in the absolute top notch.
M: Sometimes it seems me that internet is killing everything! Internet is the easy and lazy way that´s why people use it. Of course it´s also fascinating with modern technology! Today you can almost make your cup of coffee in your mobile so what can´t you create with this technology when it´s comes to music?!? The problem is that it ruins the magic! Everybody´s got a band, everybody can record , everybody talks like they already were rockstars: “We´re in the studio now, we´re going on tour…” but in my opinion there are no more rockstars born today. Guys like Alice Cooper, Ozzy and Gene Simmons are still rockstars as they always have been and I think Yngwie Malmsteen was the last rockstar from Sweden. That worries me more than the facts that you can get music for free. When I was a kid you could wait for years for a recordrelease from your favouriteband and when you had bought it you spended most of your free time listen to the music and reading the albumcover. Today you just switch on your computer or mobile and find the album on Spotify or Youtube for free. There will always be a future for music I guess but in new, different ways that in my opinion is rather BORING!
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
M: Well, some guy wrote in a review that we didn´t create anything special new “but damn, they are good!” That´s good response in my opinion. I also appreciate when people that not usually listen to metalmusic telling us that they like our music. In response to your second question: MY PLATFORM BOOTS.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
D: It’s cool to hear from people on the other side of the planet.
M: I´ll guess the swedish metal icon Dan Swanö wouldn´t have mastered our singel The Rejects if we couldn´t have emailed him.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
M: If we had not played in a band we hadn´t known each other, we hadn´t get signed by a record company and we hadn´t experienced the feeling of beeing on stage.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
D: We don’t play very much live, most a few selected shows then and then. Our main purpose is to come together and enjoy playing together. But off course we love the live scene.
M: Playing live is one of the most important things for a band, so I wish us more gigs in the future! Performing on stage is about to have fun and give the audience inspiration to go on in life and maybe give them the feeling ” yeah, I want to perform on a stage myself!” A good musician inspires you!
What plans do you have for the future?
D: For now we’re working on a secual to our 2014 album – The Rejects, and it will be out as CD and Digital via BVR in a near future!
M: Always keep the flame buring in the name of metal!