DEFECTO are Danes and totally off my radar. I wanted to get to know them a bit better. Answers from Nicklas. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-It is always hard to come up with a memorable and unique name, but at some point you have to just decide to go with it – after a while, the name just becomes part of your identity and you don’t really think hard about what it means. For new listeners it might be important, but as soon as you know who we are and what we stand for, the name is less important.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-The top three bands that laid the foundation of the “sound” that mostly defines us are easily Metallica, Dream Theater and Symphony X – especially if you listen to some of our older material. These bands were our childhood heroes – and still are to some degree, although of course it’s a long time since we primarily listened to these bands. For our newer stuff, it’s a little bit harder to pin down exactly – our interests and tastes diversify and we take inspiration from so many different artists, but the “core” of the sound can probably still be quite closely related to those three bands i mentioned.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-The tempo of a song definitely can dictate how the song arrangement turns out, but it’s not like you can say that certain tempos always lead to a certain type of arrangement or anything like that. It is very song specific and probably more driven by the atmosphere and the direction and overall feeling of the song. But when writing slower ballad-y songs – such as Don’t Say Goodbye – the arranging is definitely different than say, writing a super riff-intensive song such as All for You.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-We play many live concerts every year – so yes, our music works very well in a live environment! I’m sure many fans of metal would agree that metal works best when played live.
In terms of which stage best suits our music, i would say it is hard to say exactly. Large stages are great because it accommodates our big and at times quite bombastic sound, however you lose some intimacy which also can be amazing. If we had to take a pick however, we would say that we prefer larger stages.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recordin?
-We’re all perfectionists, so we could spend an eternity flyfucking things to perfection, but we don’t have any major regrets musically regarding DUALITY which came out in 2020. It would have been nice to release the album a bit earlier, but it can be a bit tricky to predict pandemics and that sort of stuff.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Indeed it can! We try to stay updated on most platforms, but like you say, there are so many different platforms to choose from and since we don’t really have a management taking care of those things, it would be completely overwhelming if we had to use all of them. Also, as an artist, it makes sense to think about your audience – probably going the TikTok route would be inefficient as a progressive metal band, for instance. Currently we most use facebook and instagram, and you can easily find us on both platforms.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great
-That is very much a question of taste, i think – to some, dragons and knights is the stuff, to others, it’s abstract art. Optimally though the front cover should give you some kind of idea of what to expect, or it should represent something related to the music/theme so that there is holistic connection with the music.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-We are more connected to our local scene than the international scene for now, and ofcourse local success can be great for many artists. Whether or not it is vital to the development of new bands probably depends on what kind of band you are, and which market you are aiming for, and also where you live. In Denmark, the metal scene is not that big, so it makes sense to also look outside of denmark to some of the bigger markets such as the UK, Germany etc. We are personally hoping to expand a bit more onto the international scene in the coming years.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-Currently there is no live scene with Covid. So it’s not just you. But in terms of pre-Corona, then yes, we also think that there is a case to be made for people going less and less to concerts in general. Maybe it is because of all of the content you have access to in your home these days, or maybe people have less money to spend on concerts
What does the future hold?
-Hopefully a world without corona, and otherwise an option for us to go on tour soon – we can’t wait!