Check out this interview I did with EIGENSTATE ZERO. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-I have released an album that I put alot of hard work into so one goal is fullfilled.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-It was very troublesome mixing this, very much a learning experience and I kind of hated how it sounded. Now, after a couple of months of not listening to these tunes it feels better, but it needs to be said; the whole experience of mixing this was a dive into lake fucking neurosis.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-I am not sure. The new material is more experimental, I want it moore loose. The guitars on the album have that machinelike tightness that I have loved ever since At The Gates released SOTS, it fits well with fierce deathmetal but am not sure it´s 100% the path forward for Eigenstate Zero. Hopefully I´ll find some middleground.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Message, maybe. Meaning, certainly. I write poetry, that´s the starting point, then I tweak and develop the lyrics to work with the music. I deal with subjects like the simulated universe, freedom, illuminati, global dominion, religion, sci-fi and science. The very nature of reality is at the core of every word I write. The thoughts behind these words are very much conceptual, in fact, I like the thought of doing a long piece of music rather than individual songs.
So a conceptalbum might happen going forward.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-It is important and I think it can make an impact. I don´t know that this particular coverart will sell anything though. It was a compromise that came out of a very stressfull situation. In short, I had comissioned an artwork from Fendieart but after three months this person – for an unknown reason – discontinued all communication and left me with nothing. In the end I had to do it myself and yeah, it´s ok but not at all what I intended.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-I don´t know that it´s true that you have to be from the countries you mentioned to “break big” . Hell, I don´t even know what that means. I just like to create and put my music out, that´s the success I guess. Going forward it would be interesting to work with a label and release stuff on vinyl, that would constitue a modicum of success for me. But I will probably just do it myself, realizing your own goals or at the very least trying to is a personal responsibillity that appeals to me.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-You probably wont. That said, hiring a PR-company, work hard and be proffesional in everything you do that´s a good start.
Alot of musicians are lazy.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-The live scene in Stockholm is getting worse. I am sure here are a lot of bands but I really do not pay attention these days. Eigenstate Zero is a studio-project so I think that will hinder progress, playing live builds an audience for sure. The scene in Sweden is pretty good but the institutionalised beaurocracy is destroying a lot of oppurtunity in this country.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Well, it´s well accepted in Sweden.
What does the future hold for you?