If you don’t know who DD VERNI is you have been living under a rock for the last 30 years. The man needs no introduction. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe? What does fronting with your own name say?
-Honestly I just love being in the studio and writing songs. The band name and the fact that it’s my name is just the vehical to get music out. I could have easily have been a band name, it’s more about trying different kinds of songs, and the challenge of writing and singing that makes the whole project fun. I’m always going to have people comparing stuff to Overkill, this album is very different than that and so was my Bronx Casket Co stuff. I would not be interested in doing something like Overkill as a side thing…why would I.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Like I said I am always wring songs and trying ideas and a lot of them don’t fit into Overkill. I could just forget about them but it’s just fun and interesting and challenging to try different avenues with songwriting and see where it goes. Plus on this record I got to work in a different way and with some great gtr players so the hole process was kind of new.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-Well for this record it’s more of a metal/rock album. There’s some classic rock stuff in there, and then some metal…kind of a mix of things.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-I generally put the songs I like best toward the beginning…not a ton of time spent of thinking about flow and such. Whatever ones I am kind of listening to the most that are felling good, I usually kind of start with those. I mean it’s not a concept record ya know.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-I am a big music fan still….I buy CD’s all the time I am always searching and trying to find new music that gives that me that great feeling. Even as a kid it was the same thing I was always buy and looking for more stuff. So when you do that I’m always inspired when you hear different artists, does not always have to be metal either, but I would say 99% of everything I Iisten to is metal or rock to some degree. I love a few things outside that genre but generally not much.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-I love that part so it’s important to me. Logos and art for the booklet is so much fun. Working with artist and see what they come up with based on your ideas. If label said go ahead put together a 50 page book for the CD I would ha! I just love doing that stuff.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I don’t really know that that is true. Metalheads are one of the few fan bases that still want product. They want the disc they want the art. I am sure it’s more downloading every year, but I think metal will always wants that. Artists who are buying into the lets just do EP’s and one song at a time nobody wants a full album that kind of thing I find are just usually fuckin lazy. Doing an album is a lot of work, a lot of time and energy. If you way it against the money it never ads up…but who cares. For me anyway I make music because I’m inspired and compelled to do it. If it sells a million copies or 100 copies does into change the fun and joy of doing it.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-ya know it’s hard for me to relate to that? I never bought a digital single or album in my life. I have no songs on my phone, I don’t want to hear any MP3. In my car I listen to CD’s they are all over the car. If I hear a song on the radio or from a friend I go buy the CD. I get music and listen to music very much the same as I always have
Is there a scene to speak of? Where do you fit in?
-There will always be a good metal scene. It;s just the mentality of the fan base. Frankly they are the best fans out there. Generally not trendy or wishy washy. and very very loyal. So metal and rock may not have a ton of bands playing in arenas, but who cares, metal started in 3000 seat venues I saw Maiden and Priest etc all in venues that size and they grew and grew but if they never went to bigger venues it would have been fine for me and I think for the fans too
What does the future hold?
-Well we’ll see. Maybe some shows, that could be fun. Really for me with music it’s got to be fun and a bit challenging, long as it meets those two criteria I’m usually up for giving it a try.