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 EXUVIATED. 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?
-Well, it has been a hell of a journey for us. The composing process has been quite long as we were trying to have everybody involved in each step of it. We had like more than 15 demos proposed by our guitar players and we ended up with 5 tracks on this record. And those songs have been through a lot of changes if you compare them to day one.Also, our former drummer quitted the band during this writing session and it was not that easy to find a new guy to replace him. Fortunately for us, we are now complete again and luckily, our new drummer did a great job and really putted something new in the music of the band. This record is definitely a big step forward musically.
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?
-If you look at the definition of Exuviated, it would be something like « that shedded a skin ». In the animal kingdom, it’s what happen when an insect (or a snake for example) crack his own skin to grow. If you look at it more metaphorically, it would be the idea of ending a cycle, dying and rebirth to start again, not being exactly the same but still being you.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s really comforting I must say. The band has been active for almost 10 years now and we are still trying to do the best we can possibly do, on record but also on stage. We’ve seen a lot of people supporting the band for so many years and those guys keep coming to shows and supporting us. We are putting so much of ourselves into this so, it’s gonna sounds obvious but, it’s this energy people gave us that keep the machine going.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We have the chance that all the visual aspects of the band are taken care of by our singer. He is the guy that write all lyrics and make sure that the visual match with the ideas developed in it.He is also taking care of all banners, t-shirts design, logo, etc. Everything ! It really helps to get us a visual concept always coherent from record to record.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Especially on this record, there is a concept, a story that will spread on the incoming releases of the band. All the visuals of this EP are coming together with the lyrics and the music to tell the first part of the whole story. We are opening the first chapter with this one. So, it’s very important to have a logic, a continuity between this artwork and the next ones to keep the storytelling moving.
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 tooz
-It’s part of the game now, if you want people to know what you do, you HAVE to be on all main social medias. The good part of it, is that you have the freedom to do what you want and offer it in direct to the fans. It can makes communication much more easier and you have some good tools to help you do you business.
The down side is the is the saturation. There are so many bands, news, drama, etc. in those medias that it can be overwhelming. And if you want to be more visible than the others, you better be there and active or you’ll be forgotten quite quickly. Also, nothing is REALLY free.
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?
-In a way it does, yes. Except for the big rockstars bands of course, It’s still very underground for bands like us. We will never be mainstream as we are playing extreme music. Even if some of those bands are bigs, there are, for most of them, unknown for the « non-metal » people. I mean, the mainstream medias know who Metallica or AC/DC are (of course) but I don’t think they know bands like Behemoth or Morbid Angel for example, even if those guys are huge in the Metal community. So yes, there is a sort of « inner circle » in the metal community where people can be themselves without to much judgment.
I will not pretend that all fans love the same things because they are so many genres in Metal that not everybody goes to the same concerts, except for huge festivals. But if you look at what happen in those, you can see that almost everybody get along together quite well.
Luckily for us, we don’t see that much of those « gangsta Rap stars drama » involving gunfight ! (sorry for the cliché)
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?
-It has been evolving a lot in the last 15-20 years, especially with Internet and the evolving technology. It’s still very active but, as I said before, there is still this saturation feeling. The great part, is the fact that you can spread you music almost everywhere in the world where there’s Internet. And anyone with talent and hard work can record an album from home with a computer and just send it everywhere from it.
But they are also so many bands coming in quick and splitting as fast. Let’s be honest, getting a band working demand a lot of energy and cost a lot of money. You have to be active if you want to stay. Also, as time pass, you see more and more of those giant bands retiring on after the others (of course, those guys are getting old). It can be difficult to keep up the motivation but hey, that’s part of the game too.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-The band already did two european tours. In 2010 with Six Feet Under and in 2016 with Cattle Decapitation and Suffocation. For the rest of the time, we have been doing a lot of belgian shows. Except from those big tours, it can be difficult to get those gigs outside of borders. You have to find who do the booking and convince them to take a band that is based hundreds of km away, it’s a challenge we are working on.
What will the future bring?
-The first step will be the release of this new EP on stage in the coming days. Once done, we already have a couple of shows to be booked and we’ll do our best to get back on the road if possible. And also, we have the next records to do to complete this new cycle we’ve just started. As you see, we have a very busy schedule for the next months !