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 DECEASED. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Just we did what we do. We arent into trends or fads we play our music no matter what’s hip or in style. We are a full metal band with influences from everything traditional style to thrash to speed and all in between.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music? *
-when I thought of deceased in late 84 I thought it summed up what I and we wanted to write and identify our music with, the morbid side of things. It is easy and simple but perfect for what we do.
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?
-Maiden sabbath priest into early venom slayer fate voivod and sodom. Also include everything from repulsion to early queensryche and punk and hard rock too. today it’s still those bands. Its in our dna as writers. Most everything of today is a rehash of then. We can enjoy some of todays bands/sounds but for influence it isn’t really a part of us.
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?
-We knew from the start we wanted to be fast and weird and also heavy. We wanted to expand on the ideals of bands we were into so let’s go faster than slayer weirder than voivod heavier than sabbath. Etc etc. it’s how we wanted to be from the start.
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?
-Music is to be heard. The marketing side I don’t worry so much about. As long as it’s out there to the masses as music then people can decide for themselves. Sure I love my albums and cover art and pics part of it. But most of al I love the song/songs being heard.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
– It’s important to give the title and picture for the release. Something that sums up our current record and the songs of the time. I give it 110% to make sure all matches up for us and it’s all one big project.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-We write albums put it out on cd and vinyl format and sometimes cassette. And we go out and play. I do interviews and we let people know there’s music from us available to hear or purchase. It’s that simple. Music has too many hands in the pie these days. So many graph charts and managers twisting it into stupidity.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I love to write and perform music. I don’t need acceptance or any of that. Making friends and unifying with others with the same way of life thinking is great when it happens but first and foremost I am out to create and perform the best music I can always.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We play out as much as we can. We are older guys so you have wives, houses, work, kids, life. But for me I’d love to play every night and just make music and go and go and go. Live shows are different than they used to be in ways. Some find it too expensive to go out often for shows. Others live just for it. Some are fine seeing live videos on youtube. It’s al in the person coming out or not coming out way of looking at it. I love the live performance, being in the same room with the music as it comes from the stage.
What will the future bring?
-More gigs more records and stickin to our guns. UP THE TOMBSTONES! thank for the support!~ King Fowley