With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DEAD PROPHET. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with?
-Fist of all thanks for the interview!
Good point. I must admit it was pretty hard. In fact, the band’s name points more to our philosophy than the genre, and that was the main idea behind it.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-If you like extreme metal music in general I think Dead Prophet is one of the bands you may find interesting.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It’s a very difficult question… I think I’ve been always more towards North America Death Metal scene and the way bands from this region sounds. Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus and Immolation are one of my favorites according to sound and tone.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
To be honest Death/Grind scene in my area is pretty small. I remember the times of a deep underground when we wrote letters to each other, cassettes were exchanged, zines were bought … Man, that was amazing. People from Scandinavia, South America, former Soviet Union, all united with metal… Nowadays all this is gone but some old tools are replaced by a new ones. So I think a band can exist without a solid local scene somehow thanks to social media etc.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-It depends strongly on what kind of person you are and what you are looking for. Don’t forget about different motivation too. People by it’s nature are herd animals that feel best in the group whether it is a Death Metal band or a 1% motorcycle club. Certainly playing in a band requires many features that are needed to follow the same direction but with different paths. I see it exactly that way. Do it your way, with own ideas but in the same direction as the rest of your brothers. Don’t be a xero boy or xero girl. And looking more broadly, I agree that the band can co-create a music scene and be a part of something bigger.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-In this genre album cover should reflect the darker side of human life and the world around us.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I don’t feel it this way. Digital releases are a fact and we can’t do anything to stop it. And shouldn’t. I say even more… I’m a client of a streaming services since 2011 and I like it BUT: every serious band should release their albums primarily in physical format and only secondarily in digital format. That’s my 2 cents.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Definitely a small to medium music club with beer and no fucking social distancing!
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Unfortunately I know this is not gonna happen but I wish someday that there will be no religion at all.