Sweden’s DEFIATORY has a name that just reeks of thrash metal several miles away. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-At first, Defiatory was only a two man project, recording demo tracks for fun. After the initial demos we got very good feedback and decided to form a proper band out of it.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It has come quite natural for us. We haven’t focused too much on making the sound our “own”. We play straight to the point thrash metal and the sound works itself out by the different playing styles of all the band members.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-To be honest, it’s way too easy to record and release music nowadays. Every dude in with a computer is a producer, which makes the scene pretty crowded. The main importance now is to make sure that the quality is sharp enough to cut through the static.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-True. It can be hard to keep the songs to yourself, especially when the energy from a newly written song takes over. We have a close circle of people who get to hear demos of new songs though, allowing for feedback and also keeping us from releasing songs too soon. We stick to the old school way of thinking. A release is an album, a full album, not a song here and a song there.
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-Monetary, there is little or no future for recorded music. However, the recorded media is as important as ever. People want to listen to music, learn the lyrics and get ready for a live performance. Also, the metal community is still staying true to their favourite artists and bands.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Overall, response has been good. Reviews have stood around 7-8/10 and people are generally very positive to the album. I think that the album is so tightly sealed together musicwise is what gets people going. It’s very modern in its sound, but very old school in its foundation. A perfect blend between old and new.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I think maybe the guy without a credit card in the USA who really, REALLY, needed to get hold of the album. He had no means of getting money to us, so we had to get a bit creative.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Yes. Both within the band and in the metal scene as a whole. We’re no strangers to it though, since all member have played in bands for some fantasillion years or so.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Hell yes. Playing live is everything. In the end, the reason you’re in a band is to go on the road, perform live and meet people who are as escited as you are about metal.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We aim to play as much live as we can to promote our debut album. Plans for a second album is already in the making as well, so the future looks bright. We plan to be around for many, many years to come.