DARK MILLENNIUM is a really cool death doom metal band that I like a lot. So check them out you too. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Hilton: First of all no boundaries regarding musically style means freedom to do whatever we like to compose and play.
Christian: We try to write and record music that we would like to listen to as fans. One purpose is this perspective, another is to create a sound that we’ve never really heard before.
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?
Hilton: We don`t reach for big success in the first place, we basically stick to our writing procedure as we do now and not very much care about what would be necessary to get more attention by listeners. Referring to what I said above it is a fairly simple recipe, when the significant riffs of Michael and me meet with Christians Voice. Only this time we gathered 2 new components by 2 new players, which refresh the combination.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Hilton: This band feels like a fountain of ideas, which gives us inspiration in many directives. We just choose which way we wanna develop the song when we sit together and write in the studio, the same way we did back then in the rehearsal room or living room. Plus we were lucky enough to be able to release the songs without any censorship from our label cause they accept and love what we do.
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 example?
Hilton: A very interesting point. It is currently exactly like that, but we follow an old tradition which we have to for the loyalty and expectations of the fans and the release schedule of our label. The “single promotion” system is working within the popular mainstream area and it as well crashes the big companies as it helps starting careers that would have never taken place if it was just up to some major A&Rs. We will someday probably use from nowerdays perspective unusual ways to spread our music, but for now we keep the slightly alternated but traditional way in cooperation with our label.
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?
Hilton: This already happened, they don`t even download anymore, they stream, cause they wanna be flexible, compile their playlists spontaneously and fear to much file trash on their mobiles. Fortunately the vinyl is rising at least a bit again, since some people appreciate the value of this item that feels good in your hands, looks great on your shelf and has something real to it. We still have many fastly consumed crap music out there but the new media also features good and sometimes hidden quality. There is always chances.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Christian: I think we are a band that polarizes, as our sound is unusual and our albums really differ from each other. There are people that follow us since our beginning, and like every album, and other ones that prefer for example our debut, which got maybe the most attention. But for us, it’s boring to record always music in the same style, and therefore we give us the freedom to do whatever we like.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Well we get in touch with fans that tell us they have been following our creative path since the very first days, and although we get mail from around the world it was surprising and touching as well that a guy from an underground metal band in Iran wrote us, telling us how precious our music is to him and how excited he is to finally be able to get in contact, since his and our music is prohibited and seemingly under the threatening of death penalty for not being compatible to some of their rights.
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?
Hilton: For me music is everything, I consist of it. This band feels absolutely great in the way we work and produce our own stuff. The feeling to perform, it is pure energetic communication which is a very precious part of my life I do not wanna miss.
Christian: I totally agree. To play in this band means to have total freedom in the creative process, and now, as we have our own studio, we also can work whenever we have the time and whenever we have special ideas. The atmosphere that developes then is like nothing else. But the assumption for that is you work with people that are on the same level, musically and personally.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Hilton: We don`t put ourselves under pressure playing too many concerts for a bit of result rather than letting it flow and follow invitations. Still playing live is very important to the scene and music in general, cause it makes you being part of the music and share the feeling together.
What plans do you have for the future?
Christian: “Where Oceans Collide” is set to be released on August 24th, and will be followed by another video clip. After that, we plan to play some gigs, maybe a short tour. I think we don’t wait too long until we begin to write new songs, as we have a bunch of ideas for further material.