(Echo)

Check out this interview I did with (Echo). Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It was actually pretty simple and natural for us, the original name of the band was Echoes of Perdition, but when we had to start gigging and releasing material most of us didn’t like it, so we simply shortened it and added the parenthesis and the capital O to symbolize a radiating wave.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-It’s pretty difficult for us, but I guess that describing it as heavy, melancholical, psychedelic and with a lot of alternance between heavy and clean parts would probably describe it well!

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-All that we do is influenced by out own life experiences really, we try to put all the bad stuff that happens to or around us in our music, to take something beautiful out of it, sadness, rage, hate and grief in general are some things that no one wants to experience, but at some point we all do, and we all have to cope with them somehow, our way to do it is though music and lyrics.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Our area is a little unlucky when it comes to the metal scene, we have quite a few good bands, but we have very few venues left and the few left are overbooked, and it’s becoming more difficult to play local gigs and exchange gigs with bands from outside. I think that in the era of social media the local scene is still important, but not as indispensable as before, most of the promotion of a record happens online nowadays, so technically everybody can build a big following, even if they lives on a mountain or an island and has never played a gig in his life.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Sort of, I mean we usually speak about the “respect for the project”, but in the end the project is the people behind it, and the effort they put into it, so when you are in a foreing country playing for people that you never saw before, or seeing somebody from the other side of the world buying your record it’s really a crazy feeling, but in the end it’s the work you and your brothers put in the band, and sometimes some people that really likes you or believes in what you do, that brought you there, not some strange entity with a name and a logo, which is probably not very poethic, but it’s what it is, and it keeps you with your feet on the ground.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I think a good album cover needs to capture the music essence, and we’ve been very lucky with the artists we worked with, we love how Costin Chioreanu added a lot of color in the last album’s cover compared with out previous records, and we like to think our music led him to do that.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think that at this point digital il not killing music, but music is moving itself more towards the digital world.
We all have a cellphone that can reproduce music in our pocket nowadays, and it’s more convenient, and we love our vinyls and CDs, but most of the music we consume on a daily basis these days is a mp3 on our phone or a song on Spotify or some services like that.
I think that the phisical copy is not going anywhere, and it kinda sets the difference between the music you like and the music you love, I don’t have all of the albums I listen to on vinyl, I would probably need to have a separate house for them, and I love to be able to listen to them anywhere I am and whenever I want, but at the same time, the albums I love the most are in my vinyl collection for sure and I’d rather listen to them on my player at home than on my phone, to “give them justice” so to speak.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I think that on the European level the doom scene is alive and well, and very active. There are different festivals that gather a lot of people around the genre and the bands, we just played Darken the Moon festival and Doom over Kiev for example, and they were both fantastic. It’s harder than it is for some more popular genres for sure, but the doom fans are die hard fans, which makes the shows really great for us.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It depends, this kind of music is not really for a party I think, even if we are not personally a very theatrical band we take our time on stage very seriously, although we have fun playing in front of people of course. Outside the stage, especially when you play a festival, with many nice bands and people, it’s usually a great party anyway, but we’ve always said that the party is on once the job is done.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would really love to play more shows, in new places, maybe get outside of Europe in the next few years, and of course we will start to work on new material once we’ll be ready to get back into that mindset. A lot of hard work for sure.

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