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 EVIL CONSPIRACY. 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?
-I feel really proud of this record and i think it’s even better then the first album. We also have three old songs that we re-recorded for this album and managed to make better than the original versions from the old demos.
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?
-Our bands name was Legions when i joined and we had to change it when we found out that there where another band with the same name. So our singer at that time came up with Evil conspiracy. We didn’t have any other suggestions so we just stuck with that.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It feels very nice that there are people out there who cares about what we do and we have noticed that they are growing in numbers, wich feels great.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is important, but not to much. I wear almost the same kind of clothes on stage that i do in private, but i’m a dedicated metalhead into the bone so i don’t have to “dress up” like one for a show. But there is always room for joking around i little bit also.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-In our genre the art work is very important because metalheads still buys physical albums, and it is important that the art work says a little bit of the music we play. We have used the same artist for both our albums and are very pleased with the job he’ve done for us so far.
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?
-Social media has made it easier for us to promote ourselves in a way that wasn’t possible before, but it’s difficult to stand out in the competition. Then our genre doesn’t get any attention in commercial medias and radio channels we have to rely on social media and smaller metal blogs, magazines, fanzines, podcasts and such. You have to work hard to show people that you’re still out there and not be forgotten.
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?
-I don’t know what i should do if i didn’t played in a band. I have played in bands for the most part of my life and in this particular band for many many years, It’s like a second family for me. I feel it’s like a certain understanding and connection between people who plays in band, especially in the heavy metal genre, and also between people who loves metal in general. The metal communion is a special kind of people you see.
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?
-A good thing about the metal scene is that you don’t have to care about what’s cool and trendy at the moment. The downside is that it’s hard and almost impossible to make a living when you’re playing old school traditional heavy metal due to lack of attention from commercial medias and such. You don’t get exposed for a bigger audience that easily and that also makes it harder to get gigs and play the bigger festivals.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We want to play gigs and tour as much as possible but it’s a tough competition out there. Nothing comes for free and you have to pay to play mostly wich makes it expensive for us to tour. Because of the competition there is a big pressure on club owners and gig bookers that makes it hard to even get replys from these people when you try to contact them. We surely want to come out and play more than we actually do to promote our new album but we are trying our best.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully we will get a tour in a nearby future, and we are going to put out a couple of new music/lyric videos out there to continue promoting our album. Along the way we’re also gonna make some new heavy riffs for the next album.
Best regards Martin, the bassplayer