DOOMSTRESS is a band that I stumbled upon on Facebook. I liked them so much that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-I’m still really happy with it though I’m always thinking of what could have been better or what changes I might have made. For a 1st recording as Doomstress and developing all the material while in the studio, including lyrics and vocal melodies, I’m really pleased and proud of what we accomplished along with having DHU Records supporting us with our 7″ Wicked Woman vinyl!
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-I’ve gone by the name Doomstress Alexis for 7-8 years now. It allowed me to collectively share all the different things I was involved in from 3 different bands, modeling, fetish performing, etc. I had always intended to do a solo project and naturally Doomstress was the name I wanted to use.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s always a wonderful feeling to have people connect with your work. Knowing that people are digging our craft and asking for more is very encouraging!
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image isn’t really that important to me personally. Its about the music. I like to represent myself well onstage but I don’t try to project a certain “image” for the band as a whole or what our music is about. I don’t want to limit myself by appealing to a specific genre or look.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-I’ve always enjoyed records that had great art and with most of the heavy music I’ve listened to there was usually really cool art which just seemed to go hand in hand. The music is by far the most important aspect but I feel its important to include some great cover art and I am very fortunate to have been able to work with 2 artists, Goatess Doomwych & David Paul Seymour, whom I have admired their works for a very long time.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Naturally there’s a potential downside to anything with as vast a platform as social media. I’m mostly on there for promoting the band, sharing what we have in the works, connecting to and discovering other bands, clubs.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-There is a sense of community with bands, fans, labels, etc, especially at shows. You spend several hours at venues with these people talking about the music and fans and local support has always been so welcoming as well as curious to know what else we have coming up.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-From my experiences on the road and seeing the growth of independent labels I’d have to say that the music scene is doing great. Sure there’s some slow times and regions but by and far it seems like there is a lot of support for heavy music.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Doomstress did our 1st shows all on tour outside our home states. I wanted to tour a lot with this band which we hadn’t been able to do much with Project Armageddon. Tour booking is a lot of work and stress. I’ve done it numerous times in the past but now since we are so busy I am using Heavy Friends Booking.
What will the future bring?
-Much more DOOMSTRESS music & touring!