It is easier today to take a chance on a band you’ve never heard of with all the social media to check them out on. DEAD ALONE are new to me but that doesn’t stop me from interviewing them. © 0
2015 Anders Ekdahl

How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
Fred: There´s allways some kind of pressure to me. If I release something it is not just ment to be perfect, I wanna make it awesome! I want the people to hear the fun while working in a studio. That´s my really biggest pressure. Speaking of time: This doesn’t put me under that much pressure, because quality needs time. I think no one would like to listen to a shitty record!

What response did you get on your first album? What was the weirdest response you got?
Fred: There are just a few weird responses we have – to me. You know, if you read an article about your album, knowing while reading the editor didn´t even listen honestly for a minute to your album, that´s pretty shitty, but it happens. You have to deal with it, that´s all I can say about this.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
Fred: It´s really weird, but I think we´re not this kind of a band you could sing along if we´re live on stage. But this doesn´t mean we´re a boring live act. It just means: Some of our fans are looking forward to some songs, and you can feel, hear and see it if we´re playing some of their favourite songs.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the first album for a second when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
Fred: No, I don´t. I don´t want to, and I never will. Until “Nemesis”, every Dead Alone album had been a seperate thing. This depends on the songwriting process, and of course also on the mix and mastering. If you feel that one thing is perfect in the way it is, you can´t do the same thing again in the same way. If that was possible, Curt Cobain would have written more songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or another album like “Bleach”. To me, every song, every album, from any artist you like is just like a moment. Enjoy it – while writing it as an artist and or listening to it as a fan! The only way to repeat this moment is to “press play”. This is just my point of view

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a metal band?
Fred: I also do feel so as a fan, I also did, when I was playing the guitar all by myself in my room without being part of a band. And I think everyone is a part of something greater.

When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with aongs that fit into the
Fred: You´ll allways find a way to fit in! Due to the fact that all of our albums are different to each other, meanwhile we´re really expierienced to find a way to fit something in. (laughes)

What influences/inspires you today?
Fred: The same thing as once: Emotions. To me, expressing emotions is the most important step in a songwriting process. Of course other bands or musicians inspires me, too. If there is something completely new to me, something I’ve never herad before, I wanna try it in one of my songs as long as it fits in.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
Fred: Hm…. you know, I have my own opinion about the industry. I love to call this “music industry”. The whole market is really overwhelmed with bands and artists, isn´t it? All the time you have any bands and artists appearing in the radio world, and they disappear again. I wish somebody could answer my question, who really wants bands and singers like that? Miley Cyrus? Justin Bieber? Bitch, please… this can´t really work at all. Things like this will only work for a few years. On the other hand… if nobody buys it, maybe… nobody wants it? In Germany we say: Those people who have the most of it (money), are crying the loudest. (laughes)
To us, it´s okay, we are happy with our selled copies here. That´s all I can say!

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
Fred: Digital versus physical? Physical always sounds better – to me. The shittest sound quality is mp3 and avi. It´s ok to use it for a while, but hey: CD or and LP just sounds better than this – always!

What lies in the future?
Fred: Gigs, Gigs, Gigs. Book us!

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