DEATHSTORM pretty much says it all. With a name that you don’t really need any sort of introduction. You know from the first time you saw the name what you’ll get. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Probably anxiety attacks, whiplashes, psychoses and that sort of stuff. A horror induced death/thrashing experience that will leave its mark.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Not that hard because as you can see we found one. It just popped up when we fixed everything for the “Storming With Menace” MLP. The name has to sound cool on one hand, but it also has to look cool on the other when written down. With DEATHSTORM this is the case, so mission accomplished.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-The band that introduced me to the Rock genre in general was GNR after hearing “You Could Be Mine” when watching Terminator 2 somewhere around the age of 5-6. The band that inspired basically all of us to start playing music ourselves was MOTÖRHEAD without a doubt. After that METALLICA came into the building and the journey began.
Nowadays the biggest inspiration is us doing what we do. We know what we want and we usually know how to get it. Of course everything leaves its mark either on a conscious or unconscious level, but it is not as dominant as when we picked up our instruments still looking for our sound if you know what I mean.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Back when we started under the moniker of DAMAGE we had the intent of playing a more, let’s call it melodic version of Thrash/Speed Metal mostly reminiscent of some Bay Area bands we dug up around that time. This was the intention at first. After a while things started to evolve and we got heavier and heavier without even noticing it at first. All of a sudden this was the sound that naturally filled our rehearsal space without trying to be something different.
Later when we changed our name we of course knew that it has to fit the music, but this is something that comes naturally. So no magic or any other higher power involved, only brain-cells on fire.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think within Heavy Metal and Rock Music in general, people will always buy albums they can actually hold within their hands and look at while listening to them. It always was like that and it always will be like that. Of course plastic people will change their habits but this is what they do right? They change their habits all the time. And this is the reason why Rock ‘n’ Roll is no good for plastic people since we do not change our habits at all. To be honest I do not have an opinion when it comes to single tracks since I’m an album guy.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It is of course important because this is what gives you a first impression. The art-work should convey what’s going on. This can be done in a very fancy and elaborate way but also in a simpler approach, as seen on our latest releases. It’s hard to say what exactly catches people’s attention but I guess the best thing is if people only read your band-name and immediately know that this is good stuff.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Maybe not the rules themselves but it changed it as a whole drastically. I mean when we started, Myspace was big. We are a generation that is used to fix everything via computer. We didn’t want to be a part of it at first, but two years ago we came to the conclusion that it’s probably better to at least be represented within all that madness.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-It makes you feel you’re a part of a band, a collective of people with the same intentions, simple as that. What happens outside of it is pretty much unimportant. You’re bigger or grander as a person in general if this is what and who you are, there’s no need for a band to underline that. If you’re a loser you’ll be loser within a band as well as without a band. If you’re somebody you’ll be somebody with or without a band.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We are not a touring band. We play one-off gigs all around Europe so far and that’s it. There were some offers in the past but they were either financially or generally uninteresting, which is sad to say the least because playing as many gigs as possible is the best way to promote your band.
What will the future bring?
-War and Death