Please let me introduce you to ENIME. You might know as little as I did about the band before this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Yes, slowly but surely.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We are happy with the end result. We are proud of it because most of it was done by us, in our home studios.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Yes, as the main music writer, I could find that sound / style in the last few songs I wrote on our 1st album.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Yes, Our 2nd album BLEEDING OUT (unreleased at the moment) is lyrically centered around what we see, hear and feel around us.
Like its predecessor Demon Inside, it feeds off the worlds troubles.
Unlike its predecessor a lot of its content is personally based around the writer.
Once the Demon is inside you the only question is how you deal with it. Anger… Fear… Hopelessness… are all a possible reality.
At a certain point a choice must be made. Become overwhelmed and crumble or go to war. The struggle is real, every day it rages on.
It feels as if you are Bleeding Out with your life’s blood seeping through your skin you must force your demons out.
Every drop you spill must be worth the cost. How many drops can you spare before you bleed out?.
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, it is the first thing fans, buyers etc… see. I’m not sure if it helps selling albums these days but a cover art is still what we see first on most digital stores and streaming platforms. Yes its important!
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, maybe in those countries, good contacts in the metal music business are easier to get.
Success to me in making music is having people liking our music.
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?
-It is tough! There are so many bands out there. We need to work our a.. off.
I think word or mouth is still important in 2018.
We all know that the word of mouth is now done through texting/emails and social medias. Bands need to be out there.
I believe that if the music is good, the word of mouth works and a little chance added to the mix… A band can still stand out.
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?
-Our local scene is still very active but there are so many small shows, often the same date, the same genre and also in the same town. The scene is saturated with wannabe promoters and the quality of some of the bands and the shows are often unacceptable.
In Canada… most of the time you have to break out in other countries before being recognize in your own 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?
-Metal music in our area isn’t the acceptable music. In our country, metal music is not recognized by our leaders in the music industry.
What does the future hold for you?
Something big for us coming but I cannot talk about it right now