It is always nice when a band contacts me wanting to check them out. That is what DARK LEGACY did. And I rewarded them with an interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
DT: You do what you must do and what you love to do and then there’s allways an extra plus if people appriciate what you accomplish. But that’s not the driving force nor the goal and I wouldn’t call it pressure directly.
MD: Actually I think there´s a harder pressure recording a demo because you have to prove that you´re good and it´s a pressure trying to get signed by a record label, but pressure ain´t something bad. It makes you work harder! I can´t say that it feels more “for real” releasing an album because music is always for real in my point of view.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
DT: Off course you have expectations; you wan’t to do something good the best way you can and the goal is as simple as that.
MD: That the album will be better than the last album is my expectation.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
DT: As said erlier… when people shows appriciation, that’s allways an extra plus.
MD: Thank you for asking but we´re not Iron Maiden! We have not the opportunity to play for an audience of 60.000 singing along with us. Anyway there has been some gigs when the audience have shown us their appreciation by singing and it was great.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
DT: Personally, I strongly like that there is a recognition in a particular product or band artist or whatever. Furthermore, you always want to develop and topple what you accomplish in the past, but it does not have to happen at the expense of it.
MD: Well, I want it to sound DL, symphonic metal, but that doesn´t mean we always have to follow in the same footsteps. It would be terrible if we never tried something new.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
DT: Yes. Then metal people are a very great cummunity, so it’s like a small cummunity, the band that is, in a greater one.
MD: Yes, I agree with DT but in my opinion it´s also real cool when someone who is not dedicated to metalmusic likes what we do. I want a bigger audience than only metalheads to join us!

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
MD: I don´t know. I haven´t tried yet! You see writing music is like a magical journey. You don´t know how it will end…
It starts with an idea but in the end the idea has become something different than you expected it to be. When I write I don´t think: “Now I gonna write something new that we never had heard before”.
DT: Yep; it’s nothing that you walk around and think about.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
DT: An artistic work is like an extension of the artist – or the artistS if we talk about a band. So the actual work therefore becomes brush strokes by the artists themselves. And a person holds so much, so it may be difficult to point out special brush strokes. We carry so much and we are probably inspired by a whole lot, unconsciously or consciously.
MD: Living on planet Earth is an inspiration in many ways.

8. We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
DT: I guess so. More downloads and streamings nowaday.
MD: Internet rules so of course there´s more downloads and streamings, but ´there are also always people who wants to buy a physical piece of plastic.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
DT: In a way, I think that accessibility is better, but furthermore, many and I prefer the physical product; the one you can hold in your hand, look and feel. Men are basically collectors so to speak so for a great music enthusiasm one wants to have his collection, so to speak.
MD: Well, I prefer a physical product because of the reasons DT mentioned. Digital is in my opinion rather boring.

What lies in the future?
MD: A musicvideo and recording the album THE REJECTS from which our single with the same title are released.

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