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 DOAN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
we live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-DOAN is heavy and incisive to sweet and melodious. Our music is the result of a collaborative effort influence by the music of bands like Tool, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, A Perfect Circle, Deftones, Godsmack and many others. In the writing process, we work in a way that everyone in the band can let his creativity flow. Also, the fact that we all have very different musical background brings a lot of colours into our 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 hard to find the band name. We wanted something unique that represented us well. So after trying for a while, we decided to do something with the first letter of each band member to see what we could get out of it. DOAN is our musical family name.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Tool is definitly a big influence for us. The way they have to compose their songs is just amazing! Lately, i’ve been listening to Jinjer, Saul and a band from Quebec that i’ve discovered recently named Hillward, if you like progressive rock, check them out! Those are all very inspiring musicians!
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-I think it’s all about who’s buying! You just have to listen to what people wants and try your best to offer it. To me a cd or a vinyl is a artwork that you get to experience in multiple ways. You shure listen to it but you can also look at it, touch it, smell it… a multisensory adventure. That been said, digital is practical. Why not do both!
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?*
-What is worrying nowadays is that people are so used to be constanly entertained that they don’t take the time to really listen. Just lay in the bed, close the lights, put some good earphones and just listen. It’s amazing how you can rediscover a song when you listen to it this way. And please people, stop skipping! Learn to take time.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The artwork and lay out of an album is really important. Music is an artwork and it has to be well presented to the potential listeners. It has to be revealing yet intriguing. In our case, the artwork really sums up our lyrical content. It’s an imagery of our planet after all the abuse humanity did to it. Our good friend and multidisciplinary artist Roberto Garcia did it for us.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-It is a lot different that it use to be. It’s something that you have to learn if you want to get yourself outhere. There’s a lot of great tools for bands to use on the social media. We still do it the old way also. We are a live band and to us, it is the best way to appreciate our music!
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Something positive about social media is that you get to be in contact with a whole lot of bands and musicians from arround the world. Because of that, we had the opportunity to exchange shows with two bands from France, Porno Graphic Messiah and Blackburst, in Canada and France. We are setting a summer Canadian tour for another band from France named Loaded Gun and this is just the begining. Because of that we now feel part of an international scene but we are also part of the local and national scene.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-The main reason why we formed DOAN is gigging. That’s what we love to do the most and the best way to experience our music. When you get to see a good show, you’re going to talk about it. There’s no better way to spread the word!
What will the future bring?
-Tour, write, record, repeat! While spreading the word for our album “Stupidity Kills”, gigging locally and preparing for a european tour in 2020, we’re already working on new songs for the next album!
DOAN wants to thank you guys for this interview and we can’t wait to see you all on the road!