I really hope that I am not DEAD BY WEDNESDAY because then I won’t be able to enjoy new metal albums. But should that happen this interview will have to do. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-It was actually one of the easiest band naming stories ever really. When I was touring in my old band Gargantua Soul in the late 90’s / early 2K, we were on a red eye flight leaving a Halloween show on a Sunday in Salem, MA. heading to a the X-Games festival in Puerto Rico on that Tuesday & my bassist at the time turns to me and said.. “If we keep going on like this, we’re going to be “dead by Wednesday” & the phrase just stuck out to me. So when it was time to think of a name for the other side project (at the time) for what would become DBW, I suggested the term “Dead By Wednesday” for the band name. So it’s really in short a name that came from & out of touring. To make sure it was a name we wanted, put a list together of 10 or so top names we liked & gave them to a bunch of people we trusted to circle the top 3 they liked & 90% of all of them all picked our name as one choice every time. So there you have it!
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Dead By Wednesday is a metal band from New Haven, CT. started in 2006 & has released 5 full CD’s, which all came out on different record labels including their current “The Darkest of Angels” out now on EMP Label Group but in the past Eclipse Records, Stillborn Records, Fake Four Inc., Ear One Productions, etc. Band members include:
Rob Roy – Vocals
Opus – Drums
Mike Modeste – Bass
Robert Aliki – Guitar
Marc Rizzo – Guitar
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-We create music many different ways. Sometime one of us brings in full written songs & we work with them or someone will just bring in a few riffs or parts & we vibe off them live in the room. Sometimes but rarely, we’ll even just improv at band practice and nothing will actually just naturally turn into something. So there’s no real formula to it for us but we have a few different ways we write. What influences us are all so different that it’s hard to pin point exactly who or what does. I think we all bring different influences to the table. Some bring newer styles & someone like myself will bring more old school shit. Some of us write more melodic & some of us write pure heavy adrenaline type stuff. We are very open to ideas & experimenting. We try not to ever stifle creativity & always try something before saying no to it.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-My old band, though it was great, was more of a gimmicky thing & had more of a cult like following which was great but with us (DBW), I truly believe we have hardcore fans who are more musicianship type people that appreciate song writing & talent.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Unfortunately, image in this business is everything so looking the part, promo shots, & graphics are all very important. We try to look as pro as possible with out being cheesy about it or over board. I like being uniform to a certain extent like a sports team but it can also be a little silly if it’s too much or overly thought out & choreographed. That is sort of pretentious & fake in a sense. You should still be you & comfortable doing so!
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Well, most of the lyrics now are done by our singer Rob Roy so he would have to answer this himself but from knowing him & reading what he has written so far, I would have to say that it is an array of topics that are close to his heart & affects him personally in some way or some humanitarian ideas & everything inbetween. A lot of the older stuff was written on world affairs, humanitarian/religious topics & sometimes politics. We are trying to stray away from things that make people choose sides. We love & hate everyone equally so we want others to not have a reason to not give us a chance to listen just because of a topic or idea. They don’t like right off the bat. We don’t care what people think or whether everyone likes us or not (not even drone likes Metallica or Zeppelin) but we at least want someone to listen before they judge do to our personal opinions in our lyrics. If we piss someone off, whatever but we try to keep them more personal now a days.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Albums are making a huge come back! We would LOVE to finally make some vinyl & hope to do so with our next disc at least if not press some for this current one. They might not be as relevant as in the 70’s or 80’s nessacarily but they still are sought after. Digital music isn’t killing album sales but people who steal digital music from illegal downloading is slowly killing the music business in general for sure. I can go on and on about this subject but don’t want to come across like Lars Ulrich, haha.. Though honestly he was correct even back in the day when he predicted this debacle of a slowly dying music sale business.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Who knows. Hopefully it gets straightened out & they find a way to contain it all and bring it back to the artists. We deserve and need that respect. It’s not an easy job anymore. It has become a blue collar job, being a pro musician. Maybe they’ll come up with another format, who knows…only time will tell.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Well we’ve toured our asses off in the past doing the grass roots independent tours across the USA where we developed a modest hard core fan base by gathering them each show one by one until it grew but we also have done bigger runs where we supported larger bands like Shadows Fall, Flotsam & Jetsam, Straight Line Stitch, & many others. We are currently looking for decent tours but we have to be smarter about it now & only pick & choose the opportunities that are fully worth while. There’s so much political red tape & BS with tour buy on’s that it has plagued the business. Anyway, our live show is always a pro very tight heavy but groovy melodic high energy live show. We bring it every time!
What lies in the future?
-Though we just released “The Darkest of Angels” album, we are already slowly working on new music with our newest member Marc Rizzo, Robert Aliki, & singer Rob Roy. We also want to definitely find a good solid tour to jump on to get out there & support our current EMP release. Another long term goal is to get over to Europe for sure to do some touring as well. So that’s pretty much what lies a head for us.
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