DOGHOUSE SWINE is one of these bands that I want to know more about. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
– I wouldn’t say the band name is overly important. To me there are some band names that stick out that I find are eye catching.. I would be more or less interested in a band based how much I like the music, rather than the name. Also to add ..how well the band is branded I think is more important than just a band name to get people interested.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-When we finish a recording, we are glad its finished, and we are excited to hear the final product after its gets mixed and mastered..We do not have anxiety not knowing if anybody likes it or not…We don’t care if other people like it or not…We make music that we like to make..Some people like it and other people don’t, everybody is entitled to their opinion..Making music to make other people happy is a though that has not come into my head
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-Its a good time, like a gathering of friends for a small party…When we go into a studio to record we are well rehearsed and are able to lay down tracks fairly efficiently. It makes the recording process smooth and a lot of fun. There is no stress when we record because we already have a plan in place on what to record, and sometimes there will be happy accidents, and we try to use them for the recording if we can.
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Bands should try and do everything they can to promote themselves, depending on what their goals are. Social Media is obviously the cheapest easiest and fastest way to do it, but getting a really good, well connected PR person can go a long way. Along with that playing a lot of shows including touring whether regionally or nationally can defiantly help reach more people and will grow a bands reputation.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-Well, we really don’t consider ourselves a metal band, nor does anybody else. We are more of a Hard Rock/Punk band. But even in those categories there are quite a few sub-genres. Its not important for us to be tagged in a sub-genres..We play what we want..We are a rock n’roll band..We don’t feel the need to be categorized.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
– I think its important to have scenes, I think its important for the entire eco-system of the music industry. I’ve seen scenes come and go, bands come and go, clubs come and go, it doesn’t necessarily make me feel like I’m a part of something bigger, it has me thinking its important for scenes to adapt to a changing world, whether that is locally, nationally or globally.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Artwork for me is not a main motivator for me buying a record. I bought PIL (Public Image Limited) Album , and that was just a white cover that said “album”, I also bought Metallica’s Black album, and that’s basically just a black cover with an outline of a snake. How bout the Beatles White Album, it’s just white, and that one is a top ten album for me. All those Albums I enjoy. But with that being said, album covers with cool artwork are unfortunately becoming a thing of the past. I enjoy designing the album cover for my bands releases, it helps to complete the story that the album is trying to tell… it makes me feel good to know that somebody out there is enjoying the art as well as the music, it takes a bit of work as well to design and put together a record.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-I think a label is important, and can help you achieve your goals in music if they support you properly. PR and Tour Support I feel are the two most important things a label can offer. I support the freedom to create something and put it out there for the world to listen to if that is what makes you happy. We have earlier records that were self released as well. The negative consequence to it is that there is so much available that it can lets say muddy up the waters. In other words really good music done by extremely talented artists that want to make a career, can get lost in a sea of other work that was done by somebody that just does it for a hobby, or for their inner circle of friends..Hence that is where a label comes in handy.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-Me personally..I only play a show sober..I do not drink or use any other substances before a show. I like to meet and talk to the other bands that are playing that night, I like to get there early and stay for all the performances if I can. I do not walk out on bands, or get there late. I think its disrespectful for bands to show up late, play then leave right after. When bands do that, and I see that more often, that is when scenes fall apart. We are the kind of band that will play anywhere, anytime, for anybody. We have played everything from DIY, house shows and bars to large clubs with lighting effects and smoke machines. We just love to play, and love when a crowd no matter how big or small, is into it.
What lies in the future?
-If I knew I’d be a rich man…lol. As far as the band goes, our new album is about to be released, we are doing a small US tour in Oct. Then its off to tour in Brazil in the spring..I believe in late April, then come back and do another US tour in the early summer, probably in June, with a band from Australia, who is also on the same label we are on. Then I’m thinking we might do a tour somewhere in Europe, that is not set yet though and we’ll see what happens, Ill know more about that in the coming months. 2019 is shaping up to be a really busy year for us, as the saying goes no rest for the wicked..