In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with DEATH TRIBE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-The music is what really matters in metal but then again a band name can identify with people as it will have a certain indication to it – if it is a political or religious kind of band – a stoner or other pagan metal band etc…
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-I do not really do music to please the world as my main objective as I would have done something more coherent and commercial. What I focus on is the quality and delivery. If I am happy with how it sounds then I am satisfied, if not then I am anxious to se if others will have the same feeling about it. However, if I am happy with it then I am thinking “this record will outlive me” someone somewhere will play these wave clips after my body is six feet under.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?*
-I need to get this right as fast as possible as I dont have enough money to rent the studio longer haha
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-I had a lot of issues during the release of Death Tribe’s debut album in my personal life. A musician has a lot happening in his life like everyone else and it takes a fortune to record and release music these days especially in the underground genres. Networking, events, recommendations are still the best tools to get a release promoted and reach the world. Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of time to do any of these as I need to work a lot in a different field to make ends meet.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-Because people are bored and they want to belong to a niche so that they can hate on another niche and feel special. We live in the most fragile times of humanity ever although we are the most advanced of our species.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does
playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-Having the support of a scene, a fanbase, a tribe is surely important. We are what we do, who we know and what we leave behind. if the world doesn’t know about us then we have lived and passed without any recognition. I surely enjoy being part of the metal scene as it is one of the friendliest and most enjoyable scenes in the music industry.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Artworks are your stopping power online or on the shelf to make people want to check the music out. Unfortunately, great artists are rare which makes them very expensive and then again most albums start looking the same. Surely though, a great artwork helps a band outshine the rest of the noise visually.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your
music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-Labels that are doing it right are always good to have. Whether we are talking about Century Media, Napalm, or Season of Mist to name a few. These labels will distribute your music, they will be your booking agent, they will help you get the merchandise done and most of the time even sold through their channels and festival stands. They will push you on stages that you cannot have access to through their artist roster and then it is up to you to stand out,
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-I prefer to play festivals at this point where everything is organized. You meet a lot of like-minded people. the equilibrium between make and female is better than small pub gigs and people are there to have fun.
What lies in the future?
-More music – More statements – Better quality. We marked history, now it is time to mark some headlines.