Dutch thrash or Dutch death? As long as it is Dutch metal I’ll take any any day of the week. Like DOWNCAST COLLISION. 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?
-We are extremely proud of our album “Rise Up”. It is not only our latest recording, it is our first recording and full-length album. Downcast Collision has been cast into this world from a parallel existence. To be able to cope with the frustration of being trapped and lost, we converted those feelings and the energy of it into songs. Music that deals with various dimensions of humanity of which we are now part, whether we like it or not.
With this album, we want to convey a message of energy and tried to capture it in all its forms. It is hard to describe being thrown across dimensions. Being torn and ripped apart and then put back together again. Only a totally brutal sound, killer riffs, extreme vocals and blistering drums could suffice. Everything falls into place on ‘Rise Up’: songs, lyrics and artwork, and therefore the end result makes us a few inches taller.
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?
-Downcast Collision is not a name as such, but rather an event, something which happened approximately 5 years ago, when we collided with this universe were cast down from our own. A freefall into the unknown.
We believe we are still in the process of colliding with other universes all the time. When you pay close attention to it, you can feel a sensation of falling, being cast down by a force of nature. We are all travellers trying to find a way home, making the most of where we are now.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Metal binds people together, it crosses borders and boundaries. We do what we do because we need to and love it. When others feel our energy, and connect with it, there is nothing that can compare.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We are one of a kind. There is no other band like us. Downcast Collision doesn’t want to be fixed on one metal genre, because its music is a way of expressing powerful forces. Those forces fluctuate all the time. In that aspect, we are fluent and mix styles. It allows us to create a sound which doesn’t compare, although it is sometimes inspired by others.
Downcast Collision is about feeling part of something greater. About overcoming your fears and standing up for yourself. It is about reaching your full potential. Once that happens, you will belong, no matter what time and space you occupy.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Our artwork is dark and beautiful and fits the songs perfectly. This is also what Downcast Collision sounds like: the tension between good and bad, darkness and light. That is exactly what the art conveys.
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?
-Superficial? Yes and no…social media can accomplish surprisingly genuine interest. It can bring solace and can connect people together. The trick is, to still see the person behind the machine. Of course, it is beneficial to be able to connect with people from all over this universe. This is also the way you and I have met. I am grateful for these encounters. It is so much easier to get and stay in touch with both fans and makers of extreme music. We have just unleashed our video for the first track of our album, entitled ‘Overthrown’. It has allowed us to spread the energy of our music and of our art and image. Without YouTube, Facebook and other social media, it might never have reached the right people. This is a huge advantage, available for all music and for all music lovers.
On the downside, the overkill of information also make people numb and indifferent. It is harder to oversee the consequences of your posts, likes, dislikes and comments. Everybody can vent their opinion anywhere. Sometimes the carelessness of people insulting other people’s art make me angry. I myself never post dislikes. I just don’t see the use in wasting energy on hurting the feelings of someone you have never even met in real life. Fortunately, most posts we get are really kind. We focus on the positive sides of social media. It has changed the way music is being spread and there is nothing to it, but to accept that fact and use it to our advantage.
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?
-That is exactly what is feels like, I couldn’t have described it better myself!
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?
-I am someone who sees the upside of down. When life makes you feel like you are moving in circles, you may very well be spiraling upwards. I hear others talk of the past, of how great the scene used to be. Yet, what I see, is many new bands of great quality emerging from all over the globe. In this dimension of space-time, in this version of the here and now, I believe the scene is very much alive. I believe that we are all part of it. Whoever thinks in terms of competition between bands, or a dried-up live scene with only room for the golden oldies, needs to take a good look around. All those bands, new and old, will come to form a renewed force of extreme music. Booking agencies will have no choice but to start seeing that as well, if they want to keep new fans coming to festivals and shows. I also believe tickets are becoming too expensive. But these things happen, because we allow it. We should help each other to keep the scene healthy. A change for the better is coming. I can feel the energy starting to flow.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We have toured with Six Feet Under on their X-mass in Hell tour through Germany and Switzerland, together with From The Shores (It), Death Bed Confession(Us) and Acid Death(Gr) in December 2016, which was great. As I mentioned before, Downcast Collision has only been in this universe for a short while. During our time here, we gave birth to our first album Rise Up, and have done some shows, including the X-mass in Hell tour. We are certain many more will follow.
What will the future bring?
-I am not clairvoyant; however, Downcast Collision will continue to Rise Up, spread its wings, and stay on a collision course with fans from all dimensions.
We wish you all save travels and see you on our next collision!