I’ll have to admit that I wasn’t familiar with Sweden’s DR LIVING DEAD! I’d never heard of them that much and surely hadn’t heard their music but once that had been taken care of an interview had to happen. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
Why is it that Dr Living Dead! Isn’t bigger than you are? Can you pin point some reasons why you aren’t further ahead than you already are?
-That’s a hard question that I don’t really know the answer for. But one thing is that it takes time to build up a following and also come in contact with the right people in the business so that you can come out and play more and stuff. Another thing would be that we’ve had to work with a number of different drummers over the years. it wasn’t until 2010 that we found Dawn that we could really start getting shit together. We also recorded the debut album before we had any label support and basically decided to try and sell them a finished product. Because of this the whole release process took a lot of time but if we would have waited for a label to give us money upfront it would probably have taken even longer. Besides these things that slowed us down I feel that we’ve been moving constantly forward, I don’t know how it looks from the outside though, I don’t expect people to know what’s going on in Doc-town.
What are the advantages to being signed to a German label?
-The German market is like that sand monster in Star Wars when it comes to metal music, it just eats and eats. It seems like they just can’t get enough of it. It’s a good thing because it gives us a certain feeling of stability. The Germans in general are dedicated and High Roller is a great label for new bands. No slave-contracts involved!
How hard is it to be original today? Is it important to be original?
-It all depends man. I care more about if a band is honest or not. If a band comes off as really inspired and doing it with heart and not trying to be something they’re not chances are that I will like it. Be it original or not. I always think it’s difficult to say which bands are really original you know. Like all bands have influences from before, no one ever does everything from scratch so to speak. You just have to take some things that you like a throw them in a blender and see what comes out, and if you feel that the music fits your personality then you will be able to perform it with enough dedication so that it feels real. In the end it’s fairly small changes that makes people say that a band is original and it’s also usually has a lot to do with what you felt the first time you heard it. Like nostalgia and all that. The first time I heard Kill em All you know I was like “holy shit” but then I realized where they were coming from and their way of mixing their influences together in an honest way and it all comes together as just another bring in the wall pretty much. So basically when people talk about the originators of certain genres and so on it’s more about who did it with the most integrity and who was able to make it feel “their own”.
Do you feel that you get the appreciation that you feel you deserve?
-Well, I think it’s awesome that people dig our band and I thank everyone who is supporting us. But in the end I really don’t think like that. I don’t do this to get appreciation from anyone really so I don’t wanna make any judgments on that.
Is there an aesthetic to thrash metal that needs to be there to be considered thrash metal? How important is the art work?
-As long as it’s not some ugly ass photoshop cover and all that shit I think you can do it in many ways. I don’t want everyone to have an Ed Repka cover or anything. To us artwork is really important because it’s part of the concept of the band. We would not be what are if we didn’t have the Doc and so on. Who doesn’t want a really cool art? After all the artwork is probably the first thing you see so we definitely work hard to make it stand out.
Is there a period in the history of thrash that is better than any other? What kind of bands does in your opinion symbolize what thrash really is about?
-The mid-late 80’s, period. Too many good bands to mention really, Nuclear Assault, Suicidal. , Slayer, Vio-lence … the list goes on.
Where do you find the biggest interest for thrash these days? Any part of the world that is better than the other?
-Probably South America, people are just crazier there. But as far as bands go I don’t really know, it seems like there are people everywhere these days. I don’t really keep track that much.
How hard is it to build a bands name? What kind of work gives the biggest result when you build a name?
-Depends if the name is good or not, haha! If you have something that stands out and that people will remember it’s all good. But if you’re called like Witch Night or Blood Skull and stuff like that it’s probably harder because then it sounds just like 30 other bands.
You need something that sticks you know and of course most importantly have material to back it up. I mean I really like this band called Antichrist even though they have a cliché name their music is fantastic so that’s why it works. After all it’s about what tunes you think about when you hear the name that is what is gonna matter.
Are there any forms of promotion that works better than other? >
-I guess it’s all about the internet nowadays. Facebook and all that shit. But I believe doing a good live show in front of 40 people is better than 200 likes on Facebook, at least I hope so. Ha!
What future do you see for the band?
-We just wanna get out and play anywhere. Get to play the new album live is what I look forward to. We’re doing a lot of festivals in Europe next year. A new album would also be fun to make, as well as go back to Brazil and hit the States for the first time!