With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DARKWATER. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that it has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days in regards to it taken you almost forever to come up with a new album?
-Of course we never intended to take a break for so many years, but life has its twists and turns I guess. And to be honest, none of us has had any problem with things taken so long, it´s not like we’ve been working on the album for nine years. We have put our priorities elsewhere for some time, mostly on family life. I’ve had two kids with my wife during these years so that is the main reason for me why I’ve put the music aside for a few years.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-I am very proud of it and I think it actually came out better than we expected it to. It´s always hard to tell exactly how good a song is before you hear it with a proper mix, and we felt we had written the best songs we had ever done, so when we heard the final mix of the album we were extremely happy with it.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Yes I do, and I actually think we’ve from the very start have had our own sound. Even if the mixes sound rather different on all albums our sound has mostly been the same. I’ve received a lot of messages and comments from people that really appreciate that we after so many years still sound like Darkwater so I guess our sound has been there for a while.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-No I can’t say that it is, but I do like if the lyrics can affect the listener in some way, make them think or feel something. I think it´s more important that the lyrics fit the music than containing a message. The music has to be the one thing that decides what kind of lyric should be written. Some songs need lyrics with a message and some more of a story telling theme. On ”Human” the lyrics are about the struggles we deal with as humans, wether it be in society, towards each other or the struggles within ourselves. Everything that makes us human.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-I think it´s pretty important. It needs to connect with how the music on the album sounds. The listener should be able to get a sense of what the music is about. Though I believe the importance also depends on what style of music you play. In our genre a lot of people still buy the physical albums and appreciate a nice cover artwork, meanwhile in the more mainstream genres it´s not as important.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-That´s a tough question which I can only guess the answer to. I mean the foundation in western popular music have always come from the US and the UK, so they have the advantage of having that musical history in their society which probably affects the country’s music life. And Scandinavia, or at least Sweden, have been hugely affected by the American way since the `50s and have copied everything they’ve done during a long period of time. And perhaps in the end our countries developed our own musical skill. And the Scandinavian countries are probably the ones that are most similar to the US and the UK and therefore have the advantage regarding writing music that the big masses like.
Regarding success, it depends. Are we talking about success in life or only success in music? Success in life is what is important, and that will probably mean different things to different people. For me, it means having a life that you’re happy with, and I have that. Regarding success in music, or being successful, for me that is to be able to affect other people with your music. It doesn’t have to be a ”make a lot of money” kind of thing, even if it probably is for most people. But sure, I´d love to have the opportunity to tour the world, I think every musician would like that 🙂
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-You try to write good music. Music that affects the listener. I honestly don’t think there are much else to do.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-For our kind of music the local scene is very small. We’ve always been a band playing a lot more abroad, so I don’t think the local scene is that important for making it internationally. Though, it is important for younger bands just starting out to have the opportunity to be able to play live and get a feel for it. But I don’t think you need it these days to make it internationally, you have a completely different way to reach your audience these days compared to 25 years back.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-I think it´s pretty accepted these days, even though the metal scene isn’t very big in Sweden. It´s nothing compared to Finland that’s for sure. We have a lot of metal bands in all different genres and they are all a lot bigger abroad than here.
What does the future hold for you?
-At the moment we’re looking into the opportunities for live shows. We´d really like to get out and play a lot, I mean it´s been quite a few years since we met an audience so we are pretty eager on meeting our listeners. Other than that, who knows, we might actually start to think about some ideas for the next album. We don’t want another nine years to pass right?