I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. Swedish doom should be as known as Swedish sin by now. DAUTHA is another fine example of Swedish doom. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We create for posterity, therefore we need to craft songs that stands the test of time and to achieve this they need to be memorable, because after all, literally after all, memory is the only thing we as a human species have to put up against great oblivion. So the answer would be, quite paradoxically, timeless Medieval Doom Metal.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Our name came to us quite effortlessly – Dautha means Death in ancient Swedish so we just snatched it in pure metalic bewilderment over the fact that we were the first.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Count Raven, Candlemass, Trouble, Pagan Altar, Paul Chain, Tony Tears, Black Hole, Scald, Manowar, Dark Quarterer, Lordian Guard, Warlord, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud, Fire+Ice, Sol Invictus, C93, Changes, Freya Aswynn, Nature And Organisation, Poeta Magica, Dead Can Dance, Joculatores Upsalienses, Säters Spelmanslag, Shirley Collins are all constant sources of inspiration.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Medieval themed Doom Metal with a dominating memento mori perspective was the aim from the start and our name is, obviously, perfect for this. What did develop over time though, was a will to approach the medieval from below, so to speak, focusing more on the gritty misery of the trampled and poor, the serfs, peasants, working men/women, and less on the valor, honor and pride of their oppressors-the high and mighty/kings/knights/priests, whom all have had their day in countless corny Metal lyrics. I have realized that this underdog angle might stem from my own inability as sole lyricist to identify with the ruling classes due to my own simple background, and from my hatred of leeching, bullying parasites.
believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I’m not so certain about the death of the album, things tend to go in cycles, just look at the resurgence of vinyl. I guess releasing single tracks can help keeping a band in the minds eye of the distracted public, but like I said, we create for posterity and I’d rather have people picking our album up 300 years from now and get their fill of ancestral Doom than have a couple of likes on FB for a digital single release. Either way, everything is futile, but is easier to create and release music than just waiting around to die.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Well, if you have spent years crafting your music it only makes sense to go all the way and complete your work of art with a layout that is able to convey and strengthen your message, right?
For our first and only demo I did a special packaging that can be seen on our bandcamp site here: https://dautha.bandcamp.com/releases and our intention is to continue making our releases special in this regard.
The best way to get noticed…well I guess the answer can end up quite subjective… but I believe I can say that the most effective way to making things happen is networking, or so I’ve learned.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-It sure has re-written the promoting of music and have made it much easier, and more difficult. We have not invested much time and effort in promoting ourselves up till now, and I doubt we will do it in the future either. Maybe we choose to naively believe that doing our outmost attempting to create timeless Doom Metal will do the trick.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
No, we do not feel part of scene because these days there is none-it has all turned into an archipelago where people/bands sit on their islands in a sea of information too exhausted, self centered and stressed to really uphold proper contact. At least that is how I personally feel about it, and also, this is how I am myself -a self obsessing hermit inside the bubble of my/our own creation.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We have not played live yet, and I do not see this happen any time soon, simply because life will not permit it. I believe it is more crucial than ever to gig ones ass off in order to be seen these days. Also, it is the only way to get economy in a band, if that is your incentive for creating, selling merch to your live audience
What will the future bring?
-Quite an open question…very tempting for a cynic like me to wander off here, he he…
We will record our debut album this summer and Ván Records will release it, something we are really happy about since we think that Sven does a super job with all of his acts when it comes to packaging and promotion. Also, we will, hopefully, have a small number of shirts available soon as well.