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 EPITAPHE. 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?
-Our first album, « I », has been released in June. We are very happy with it musically, and overall, it’s been a great experience. Some really talented and nice people have been involved in the process of making and releasing it, and we are really humbled about that.
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?
-We started with the name Epitaph at our beginning, probably before we had any song written ! We were teenagers, and we liked the idea of a patronyme with a very straighforward signification, and of course, that sounded « extreme ». Years later, we decided to frenchify it, after a discussion with Makoto from Weird Truth Productions, in order to distinguish ourselves from the hordes of others « Epitaph ». It was also an opportunity to draw a line with the formative years of the band, when we played a different kind of Death Metal.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-We are glad, and it’s rewarding to know that some people like what we do. However, we are not doing music thinking about anyone’s appreciation. Our goal is to improve oursleves and to explore new territories. Our next album will probably mangle the listeners a little bit.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Both imagerie and attitude are integral parts of a band. It’s all a matter of coherence. We want to put dark, eerie and elusive visuals on the foreground, matching our music. Tons of line-up pictures, our political views, or our daily life have no reason to be spread out within the scope of Epitaphe.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It’s primordial ! We wanted to find a strong visual entity for our first album. Something that have a profound resonance with our music, in order to present an immersive experience, and a universe of it’s own. It’s been a big question for us, until our singer shows us Petri ALA-MAUNUS’s work. We used a painting entitled “The Sky is Falling” as the cover of album, and we are proud to have our music linked with such an incredible piece of art. It’s both menacing, chaotic, mysterious and beautiful. We’ll surely go on in this vein of surreal atmospheres for the future.
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?
-Those medias are powerfull tools, and it allows us to reach people all around the world. However, our use is only restricted to the sharing of important annoncements regarding the band, and people’s reviews. It is not intended to flatter our ego, or to make us look bigger than what we really are.
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?
-We are not projecting ourselves as a part of any scene or community. We are doing things on our own. Of course we have friends playing in bands we like, and we’re closely linked to an artistic collective named Eptagon. All of that is stimulating, but when it comes to create our music, we are very self-ruling and we don’t look at what’s going on next door.
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?
-We live in a place where the « metal scene » is barely existant. We have to move around a little bit to see shows, and most of the time, there’s not much people – except for the big touring bands.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We don’t play live for now. For some reasons, it’s a bit complicated right now, but we would surely speed-up things a little if we receive interesting proposals. In the long term, bringing our music on stage is something we’d like to do.
What will the future bring?
-2020 will see the release of the vinyl version of « I ». We are also working on our second album, and hope to record it next spring.