I missed out on DREAD SOVEREIGN’s first album but this time I too will be in on the ride. If you don’t know this band you too ought to check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

I guess most people ask you way DREAD SOVEREIGN exist but I want to know if music really was better back in the 80s or if it is the mind that plays tricks with us? Because I tried picking a top 10 extreme metal albums and only came up with 80s records. I couldn’t think of one 90s or 00s or 10s that had affected me more.
– well there is still some great music being made…..Funeral Mist for example from the last decade is better than 90% of black metal from 92. Depends if you give up looking or not right? There is still some great black and doom and to a lesser degree death metal. It’s mainly thrash and heavy metal which is kinda done if we talk about classics. Loads of classics from the early 90s.

How hard was it for you guys to pick the name DREAD SOVERREIGN? What had it to have to fit the music you decided to play?
– I always had the name in the back of my memory somewhere. Sounded cool and fit the style. Well there are so many bands these days it becomes harder and harder to find a suitable name. yet here we are

We are all influenced by certain things that colour our lives but what band(s) was it that you picked inspiration from for this new band?
– it was classic 80s stuff like early nwobhm, hellhammer, vitus, cirith ungol, venom etc. then some late 80s early 90s black metal like really early samael, rotting christ, masters hammer, varathron that kinda thing. i ahd no intention of it sounding remotely original. if it does its an accident of birth. lately ive been inspired by some hawkwind…..

When you know what you want to play is it easier to write songs or is it the other way round, that you trash a lot because they don’t fit?
– yeah i have no idea how pop or indie artists do it, drawing choruses from this band, mixing the middle 8 with this style and the sound from here or there. I perfectly know the tone and aesthetic I want and write within that framework. I guess I have my own style by now when it comes to these things and it fits into my vision of DS.

Like a stubborn old man I say that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only
– i know perfectly what you mean. For example we made a 70 minute long album and i know for a fact loads of peopel will never get to the final song. people dont have the attention spans anymore. artisztically and aesthetically i understand the will to make an album but if you want to play things people recognise….well some of em release songs. it works more for pop music of course and metal is eyars behind but slowly you can see people seeing how pointless the album is becoming in certain situations. For an old classic rock band where people only want the hits it makes no sense anymore, it’s a vanity project.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
– we live in a visual world. it matters a lot. a viral video is the best way to catch peopels attention in 2017. without question.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
– i dont know, im not the label. however yeah it has changed a lot but im not entirely convinced by all the arguments. i know bands who have 100 000s of likes on facebook and tens of thousands of followers on twitter who can’t sell 10 000 copies…….its mainly kids who use social media and it’s mainly middle aged peopel who buy physical product. see the disconnect?

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
– i suppose it does, i dont really know much else…..so am not sure what to compare it to, I’ve been in bands since i was 13 and seriously since i was 16….

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
– it’s a hard slog but it is one of the few ways, but you need to be clever and have a touch paper to light…..and a bit of luck and planning, plenty of bands still tour to no one, theres no magic formula anymore

What will the future bring?
– doom

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