I know absolutely nothing about DOGHOUSE SWINE but I wanted to find out more hence this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
– Well..it’s only kind of important, what really matter is the music behind the band. I guess in a way it has to make sense..Like if we were called the Rainbow Flower Band or whatever, and then you listened to us , you might be a little confused about the name…LOL
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
– I have wanted to be in a rock n’roll band since i was a teenager, its hard to make music, and to play out/tour without other people..Actually come to think of it, I was playing in the school band in grade school, so you could kind of say I have been in a band since I was 10 years old..LOL
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
– It’s not really metal..I dont like defintions, but its really a Hard Rock/Punk hybrid.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
– I tend to arrange the tracks, on what I feel is a good flow to the record.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
– Inspiration is hard to define, it’s something that comes from within. You cant force it, drive and desire are the parents of inspiration.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It’s Important to help covey the message of the album as a whole.. I enjoy designing the album cover for my bands releases, it helps to complete the story that it is trying to tell… it makes me feel good to know that somebody out there is enjoying the art as well as the music.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
– I would say that the album has already died a slow painful death starting during the late 90’s..A lot of our earlier releases were just EP’s and it worked out fine. Digital is not killing the album, what I think has killed the album is the attention spans of people have become shorter. We are now living in a faster, instant gratification kind of world.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-No, I don’t think we(the fans) are killing the scene. We just have to adopt to the changing times. I think there can be a positive from supporting single tracks in that it will give more exposure to artists looking for a foot in the door even when they dont have a full record.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-There is, but it is spread out. Its not as concentrated as one might think, but it is still there and it is still strong…I’m not really sure where we fit in, we are just following our own path. Sometimes we enjoy being in the scene, and sometimes we are trying to expand beyond it..
What does the future hold?
– 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..