In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with ENDSEEKER. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
Ben: Nothing but love! „The Harvest“ just turned out to be a beautiful record, both inside and outside. The whole writing and recording process was a great experience and I love every single note on this album. Eike Freese did an amazing job as producer and pushed us to our best performances. This is for sure the record that I have been dreaming of since we all started this band. We’re super proud of it.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
Lenny: When we started the band, there were a few „possible“ band names. Finally, „Endseeker“ won, because of the strong symbolism. We have a lot of expierence playing in different bands, so we were already old and tired when we started playing together. You can interpret the name in the direction that we are looking for our musical end in this band. The last band. Another way to undertand the name is the context of transience. In the nature of humanity the end of things disappears from people’s consciousness. Death Metal follows an other philosophy. We celebrate the end with confrontation. You can find this issue repeatedly in our lyrics.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
Lenny: That’s great! First of all we do what we love for our self. To see that other people appreciate it and gain strength from our music is a superb feeling. The support in the scene is just overwhelming. A few weeks ago there was a fan who came to us after a show. He bought the testpressing of our debut album online and now asked for autographs. That’s crazy! I never collected music the way these guys do.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Ben: We’re absolutely not an image band. What you see is what you get. Just five middle aged down to earth guys blasting some Swedish influenced Death Metal with pure passion and straight from the heart. There is no tough-guy bullshit going on with us. We’re having fun and you can see it when we play live or when we pop some beers with you at our merch stand. This band is about having a good time and not about pretending too be the hardest badass around.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
Ben: The cover artwork is super important because it’s your first impression when you grab a record and it’s supposed to add a visual layer to the music that sets the mood the band tries to transfer to the listener. As a kid I was fascinated by covers like Iron Maiden’s „Somewhere In Time“ where you could sit for hours and hours trying to discover another little extra or hidden joke. Or Slayer’s „Hell Awaits“ – man this scared the shit out of me at a young age and it made the music even more threatening.
The cover artwork for „The Harvest“ shows a collection of skulls that are obviously cut off with a sickle. The sickle symbolizes the harvest itself in a traditional way which is related to change of seasons, end of summer, autumn, death, etc. while the different skulls represent mankind. We’re all getting exploited and harvested in one way or the other. Work, regimes, economy, capitalism – you name it. And in the end, we’re all getting harvested by death. He’s gonna get all of us. No matter who you are, what you do, how rich and powerful you are – he makes no exceptions. That’s why one of the skulls wears a crown. In the end we’re all the same. So this artwork and the album title contains some critical look on society as well as a deep respect for nature as it has the incredible power to renew itself with every cycle of seasons but it’s also a memento mori in the most classic way.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
Lenny: The biggest down side of social media is that you have almost no quiet time. When we post news or a video, we get so much feedback that we have to check and answer and also the preparation of content takes some time. But for sure it’s also a big advantage. You don’t have to wait for printing periods of magazines and the success and growth of a band lies in your own hands. I see parallels to independent work. When you are sick and can’t work no one compensates that. And when you have power and can take the time, you can move mountains. As proximity to our fans is vital for us the benefits clearly outweigh.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
Lenny: For me the metal community is the perfect parallel society were I can forget all the bullshit going on in this insane world. Most metal people I met were kind and profound. It is the breeding ground where I can be who I am and just behave like I want. Not only to consume, but also to create means a lot to me. I know how metal music balanced my life in difficult situations. Assuming that there is somebody out there, who needs a valve for withstanding a tough phase of life and listens to our music is a good feeling. I cannot imagine another activity that could balance my life this effective.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
Lenny: Uff. For this question no easy answer is possible. The music scene in general has changed massively in the past years. Album sales decreased, streaming services were invented. Concurrent, it was never as easy as today to found a band and play an instrument. Also it was never as easy to provide your output to a broader audience. This is cool! The amount of new fresh bands is just incredible. But this also leads to a kind of oversupply. In Hamburg (Germany) I could go to metal concerts 7 days a week. Due to my age it’s simply not possible. 🙂 Many bands don’t get the live attention they deserve. Nevertheless, I see the potential in metal music to rule the world. Metal is timeless and independent of trends. Everything else is just up and down…and up and down.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
Ben: Well, we’re old guys 🙂 We’re all around 40 years old, we have families, jobs, etc. so we’re probably not as unbound and reckless as some 20 year old kids but we love going on tour and we try to play as much live as possible, just because this is what it’s all about. Going out there, shredding our songs, hanging out with all those crazy metalheads and having a good time. Thankfully we have very supportive wives and kids that make it even possible for us to do this. We hope that we can play even more in the future and also travel more countries outside of Germany. Until now we’ve had very few gigs across the border – we hope that releasing this album on Metal Blade Records introduces us to more people outside of Germany and we get some touring offers from wherever.
What will the future bring?
Ben: As I just said – we hope that „The Harvest“ gets our name to a wide audience out there and we’ll be able to tour more extensively. We love to see more countries, more cities, more venues and more festivals. We want to play our songs to everyone out there who enjoys some nice Death Metal and just have a good time. So thanks for your support and taking your time to do this interview with us. We really appreciate it!