A while back I wondered what was happening in the Norwegian metal scene. Then this band dropped in on me. ENDOGENIC has a new album out that you should check out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We were just a bunch of guys playing extreme music and having fun with that. No specific plan or anything. We kinda grew up after the first couple of years and evolved a lot as a band, so as we probably didn’t have a purpose to begin with, the purpose grew along side with the band.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I think it kind of comes naturally over time. As the band and the music evolve, so will the sound, until you find that sweet-spot that will be «your» sound. We let ourselves be inspired by tons of really good musicians and pick up techniques and elements from others, then making it our own.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It takes a lot of work to make good quality music. The process of writing our music takes time and stuff changes all the time. What we plan to record often changes and evolves as we record it. Parts being replaced, new elements added and so on. As we not yet are signed to a major record label, we do a lot of the work ourself, thus saving money. It takes a lot of effort on our hand to actually release the album, as we do all of the PR work, booking and shit ourselves.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Yea, I think it’s more and more common to record at least parts of an album in a home studio or so. And releasing it on digital platforms are so easy, so yea, I think the temptation to put one and one song out there is present and an easy way of showing off your tunes, thus killing off an entire album, possibly.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I don’t think there is a future in music that will ever resemble to the past of music history. Back in the day, people would crowd the record shop when a band released a new album, but sadly, today is more about getting shit for free, and that is slowly killing off our entire business. The real money today lies in merch and playing gigs.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We get a whole lot of «wows» when people hear our music. Its new and exciting and it’s something that knocks your socks off, so all in all we got a lot of uplifting feedback. What people seem to like about us is the combination of aggressive, fast metal music and the technical skill of all the members of the band. The super fast beats, the groovy bass, sick guitar licks and a crazed vocal.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The world has definitely gotten a lot smaller over the years, and we get contacted from all around the world. The most surprising could possibly be minor cities in South America, the ones you’ve never even heard of. But it’s cool to see out music being enjoyed all around the globe.

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Oh, definitely! Growing up playing music bring people together in a really cool way. You become part of a click that have so much fun writing and playing music and evolving as musicians whilst doing so, it’s amazing.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is alpha omega for a band trying to conquer the metal scene. It’s one thing to release an awesome album, but playing live is about proving to a crowd that you are as good as you claim you are on the album, and giving the fans more of an experience then you can on an album. People will chat about cool albums, but a lot more people will talk about that great show they went on last weekend…

What plans do you have for the future?
-We are just getting ready for a couple of gigs now for the release of «Hunter». Then we’re gonna play some really cool gigs this spring and summer. We are working on agreements with several bookies and record labels at the moment, so there might be some cool stuff up the road for Endogenic.

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