DISENCHANTER has one of these names that just sound cool saying. It is so metal that I had to interview them. ©2018 Anders Ekdahl
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it
-Thanks for your interest in our band and music! We are Disenchanter and we hail from Portland, Oregon. We have released two EPs and are in
the process of recording our first full length release. Basically we play rock music.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was a process to find a name that was not already in use and that felt right to us. We had used a few filler names before but, as Joey and I were looking for a name that wasn’t
taken and we turned to looking through different books – mostly stuff on the occult, horoscopes, magic, etc., we were leafing through some D&D books and found our name in the Fiend Folio. A Disenchanter is a magical creature that sucks the magic out of magical items. It was
perfect and also reflects our lifestyle in the sense that we are all about breaking false illusions.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-It wasn’t any one band, it’s more of an age that Joey and I grew up in. Being from the SF Bay Area in the 80s we both were influenced by the scene at the time. Metallica, Testament,
Possessed, Death Angel, Megadeth, Slayer were all huge and mostly underground at the time. That’s where our roots lie, but in the last decade or so we’ve also discovered The Sword, Down, COC, Kyuss, Gand Magus. They all inspire us, as well as many classics such as Black Sabbath,
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest. We have found we are also very influenced by what would be considered pop music of the 70s and later as well… not just the heavy stuff….we appreciate a pretty wide array of music but it’s mostly in the rock genre.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of digital?
-Affordability and ease of access, primarily, for both the fans and the band. I think the disadvantages are mostly preferential…as in whether you like the way it sounds compared with say a cassette or vinyl and whether you have a personal issue with it, which we see is addressed in
the following question.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-We don’t see things this way….if people want a thing they will find a way to get it and if their preference is toward vinyl or digital or whatever for whatever reason we see no reason for it not to be available but as to whether one is capable of ‘killing’ the other seems to be more of a
social issue rather than having anything to do with the media through which music is produced. Singles are fine to release…but it seems a little strange to release single songs only unless you are trying to milk your profit by selling them which is not how we operate as a band.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release songs digitally?
-Back in the day, when I bought a record album the artwork was part of the package, something to look at while you’re listening to the music, and it becomes something I identified that album with. Name any album and the first thing I think of is the album cover. I don’t think it’s really changed much now that music has gone digital. You still
create an album ‘cover’ and people identify with the icon.
Is it a whole different way to promote a digital track than it is promoting a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Since we are doing all our promoting ourselves, it’s really the same whether we’re promoting our music in digital format or cd. People like options. Of course, we have our cds available at shows, but we always let them know we are also online and that our music is available.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Portland happens to be a hot spot for stoner/doom/sludge right now, so yes, locally we are definitely part of a scene. Nationally and internationally we have connected with people mostly
online – Facebook to be specific. It’s been a remarkable tool in connecting with the whole world. We have been fortunate to have been included in interviews such as yours, as well as being played on radio stations all over. People are really amazing when they find something in
common. Magical things happen!
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We are looking forward to our first real tour this year sometime. We’ve done weekends in the Seattle area, but haven’t actually been on the road for more that a couple of days. With that said, it’s been beneficial to connect with people on a personal level rather than only online. We’ve created a network of people out of town that not only support us and us them on a band basis, but as human beings as well. So, yes, touring and gigging is definitely still a great way of spreading the word of the band, because you’re out there showing what you do, and we all connect on a different level when it’s
What will the future bring?
-We plan to release our full length in a few months and as we’ve mentioned we will be touring the West coast this year. We want to do more of the same and hopefully find ourselves touring Europe one day. It would be amazing to finally meet some of the people we’ve been in contact with only online, and perhaps play with their bands as well.