DEADSPACE might not be the world’s best kept secret but they sure aren’t far from it. So in order to spread some light on them I decided to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-I think the name Deadspace really gives character to the crippling emptiness that is exposed in the music. But realistically, Deadspace is a name in which we identify in as a family.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-It started off just being me (Chris) and I guess some people were roped into the idea, some people gravitated towards it. It’s now become something much more powerful than me. We couldn’t imagine life without it.
What is your definition of the music you play?
-Well there’s a bit of black metal, a bit of depressive rock, a bit of blues. We’ve been toying with the idea of just calling it ‘black and blue metal’. I think this really sums it up in an abstract way. The black is the metal and goth elements and the blue is the depressive rock. We would never try and pretend we’re a real black metal band. That was almost be an insult to all the awesome bands that stay true and grim, that’s their thing, we have ours.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Well that depends on the track. Sometimes we will write a song in an hour, sometimes a week or 2. We just keep playing with things until it feels right to us. The are no limits. Then it comes to recording, and that’s when we get really personal with it. Nish has his own sound, standards and ideas. Production is key for us to move forwards as a band.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Everywhere. Either life experiences, feelings. There is no set theme for our material and whatever we are feeling is inspiration. I feel like that is the progression between CD to CD.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-I think when we write the music, the visual art sort of makes itself. Whenever we’ve written music we’ve sat down and worked out what it makes us picture. The main thing for us is to keep the artwork unique and true to the release. Some people may look at the “Gravity” artwork and think it’s rather bland. Realistically the artwork sums up the sound perfectly and we will continue to deliberately avoid standard black metal things like pentagrams and skulls.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
– I’d say there’s a definite convenience for both the artist and the audience but nothing makes me more proud than holding a digipak of a finished record and putting it in the CD player in my car. In terms of industry it’s great that people can access music easily from all over the world and I’m sure we’ve made many fans in doing this.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-I think you can do anything you like of course, except have the CD in a physical format. It really just depends on what someone wants in a release. Vinyl is still a great avenue in my opinion.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We’ve always been one of those bands that doesn’t fit anywhere but can pull off any slot with confidence. Our stage so is highly energetic and visceral. We’ve supported rock bands, slam bands and true black metal bands. We’re just doing our own thing.
What does the future hold?
-We are currently working on a split CD with a band called Happy Days. This CD will be eventually released on Talheim records. We’re also (and have been) heavily touring Australia and later in 2017 looking at coming to Europe. These things change, the goals are always moving in music. Either way we are pushing forward and working hard. Thank you for the interview Battlehelm. It’s been a pleasure.