I love death metal in all its shapes and forms. Unfortunately there has been a lack of new cool bands coming my way lately so it was a relief to hear DYSRIDER. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us?
-Dysrider is symphonic death metal band from Morges Switzerland. The band was originally named Trophallaxy (created in 2007) and used to be more symphonic power metal. Under that name, we recorded a demo and two studio albums (DawnFall and Resilience). The originality of the band lies in the use of a cello and the two lead singers : Joëlle with clean vocals and myself, Jonathan, with death vocals.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-Since I am composing and writing all the music and lyrics, it’s pretty easy to define the sound and the musical direction of the band. Most of the time, I’m trying to write stuff I’d like to hear and this is the reason of the evolution of our style throughout the years.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-“Dys” is a greek prefix which means “difficult, ill”. So “Dysrider” is a kind of neologism to define a person who rides the difficulties.
How important is image to the band? What impression donyou want the fans to get of the band?
-I must admit that it’s not the first thing that I care about. I prefer to focus on the music. That being said, looking as professional as possible is still important, so I spend also a lot of time working on visual things such as the artwork, the website, etc.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Thanks! My goal was that the artwork matched our new band name as well as the album title. It also had to be expressive and contrasting. I guess that it has to be “catchy”, if we can say that for an artwork.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-Well I try to see this more like a chance for us to be promoted. It’s really great the way you can use these medias to discover bands and music. So we’re focusing more on these advantages.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-It sure is. And I’m sure that you can also fell that even though you don’t play in a metal band!
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-I’m not sure that it’s important now as it was in the past. If you’re motivated and resourceful, you can achieve great things on your own. Of course, a label can make a lot of things easier. For example, ours help us a lot with the distribution, the promotion and the booking. But you still need to be motivated and do lots of things!
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gogs outside of your own country?
-We weren’t able to do a lot of shows these last two years, because of lineup changes. We’ll do mainly Swiss dates the next months and hopefully we’ll play shows in other countries soon. But a true tour is hard to do when you’re not a professional band, for matters of time and money.
What will the future bring?
-We’re working on a new music video and we’ll focus the following months on promoting our new album. I think that I will also start to compose again for the next album soon!