DARK MINISTRY is a really cool Canadian thrash metal band that got my blood pumping a bit extra. Questions answered by Rik Charron. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-The Sermon Begins was recorded to be sent to record companies in hopes of securing a recording contract. We are very happy with the way it turned out, heavy, powerful and a great representation of the band’s sound and talent. We are happy overall with the way it turned out.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
– I wanted the name to be powerful and evil… A true metal name and most of all original.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s a trully amazing feeling when poeple appreciate what you do musically. It makes work harder and be more critical on the songs, not just write songs for writing songs , but actually sit down and analyse every part of it so that each song is as powerful and memorable as possible. The band has many different influences, so if we like it, chances are everyone eho hears the songs will like it .

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
– Image is extremely important! We want the fans to just look at us and know we are a band and we mean business. We dont want people to look at us and say ” what band is that?” we want them to see us and say ” look!!! Theres Dark Ministry”

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Art work is extremely important. It’s like a book… The art work is the cover of the book, and the music is the story. So if you don’t have an eye catching artwork , the album can be lost in obscurity. And the artwork should tell the listeners what they can expect from the music.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Social media is very important today. Its a great way for fans to see and talk to the band and its a great marketing tool. But… It can be bad at the same time. Once a band becomes prominent in the scene, the band needs to rethink how visible they actually are on social media. They need to refrain from being too personal… Watch what they say or which post they like and which people they associate with. The more popular a band gets, the more mindful on comments they write or interact with. Example… You don’t see professional bands/musicians posting about having a barbeque with friends etc . lol!

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Not sure how to answer this question… There is a metal community which are now part of to a sense. Does it bring meaning to my life? Hmmm hard to explain that… Music is my life and love playing metal but its only one aspect to my life in general… I would love it to be the most prominent part of it and with luck , it will be.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Well .. There is a specific ailment in the industry in the past 5 or more years… And thats the pay to play aspect. We, the bands, are the artists.. Not the promoters and venues… The bands need to be paid for what they do. To me, this pay to play business is a cancer and should be destroyed.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are just starting to be a touring act. Believe it or not , it’s actually easier for this band to get offers for out of country than it is in our own country. We are going on our first tour in Europe soon and we are very excited about bringing Dark Ministry to the European stages!!

What will the future bring?
-The future for Dark Ministry is more albums and extensive touring worldwide.
We will be a prominent force in the metal scene for years to come !

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