I don’t remember how I came upon DECENT MAN but I do know that once I had heard them I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
-Decent Man doesn’t do demos. We went for the full release straight away, raw and natural sounding.
What response did you get on your first album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-This is our first release together. It hasn’t officially been released as an album yet. However, we have probably broken some kind of world record, doing 12 serious music videos throughout 2015. That’s one video per month, the entire year. The response has been kick ass and there’s a hunger for our music to be played out there! One of the weirdest, but coolest responses was “You’re better than Foo Fighters”.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-It’s the best fucking feeling, any day of the week! Especially when people bang their heads and scream your lyrics, it dawns on you, that… I did this…and other people appreciate the hard work and passion you’ve put into it.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the first album for a second when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-No, we don’t really plan our new songs, we already have so many ideas for the next album. When we get together and we’re working with the songs, it always seems to boil down to the Decent Man sound we all love in the end. What it all comes down to, is that we want to have fun when we’re making our music.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a metal band?
-We don’t play in a metal band. We love that community, and we’re also a part of that community, but Decent Man is a purely a rock n’ roll band.
When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with songs that fit into the sound?
-It comes very naturally. We work together almost seamlessly and with no prestige. A good song is a good song, and when we both mold the songs together, they will end up within the sound.
What influences/inspires you today?
-Beauty. Finding that in different ways, when something feels, tastes, looks, smells or sounds beautiful, it’s beautiful. So whether it’s writing a new song, making a music video or taking still images of beautiful women or just riding your bike down the road you just know when it’s right and that feeds our inspiration.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-The record industry has completely changed and cd sales are abysmal. As far as we know the CD sales has decreased a lot the past years and streaming has taken over. Vinyl is still on the rise and we can relate to that because it’s such a nice thing. This release is very limited on our own label, and streaming is the way to go for Decent Man until the next big thing.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Have you ever tried to spin an LP in your car stereo? We love the analogue stuff, especially the connection it gives you to the listener with artwork, lyrics and so on the actual feel of the media, but the flexibility of streaming can’t be denied, and it just keeps on getting better and more versatile. Before digital, every album got more of a chance, in the digital era the listener gives you a second and then moves on to one of the other million bands. Though it’s great to be able to explore among thousands of other great bands.
What lies in the future?
-Making more music and complete the band for live gigs. We have been asked to play some gigs already and we’re seriously stoked to get out there to meet our fans. 2016 will be really exciting, getting Pillar of Strength out there and also cherry picking in our big batch of song ideas for the next album. Stay tuned at www.decentman.se and follow us onwww.facebook.com/decentman.se
Thanks for the interview and have a seriously kick ass 2016! We know we are.