GENOTYPE made me think of an old US punk metal act called Genocide that released an album way back. Not that they have anything in common apart from me but that is how my brain works. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
What is this band really all about?
-The band is about creating the music we feel we need to the best of our abilities, and sharing it with anyone else that may enjoy it. Ultimately however, its for us. For me personally, it’s about listening back after its all said and done and saying to myself, “Wow, this is awesome and I like it.” Every member of the band gets their own thing out of it, and I can’t speak for all.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA, NY, or London?
-I guess I kind of hate to say that’s probably true. We’re close to Chicago, which is a well known city that bands have come from so it might not be as difficult for us as other bands that come from smaller towns or citites. Although, with social media and the internet, it’s a lot easier to gain a fan base and get your music out there. There’s definitely an advantage coming from an area that has a rounded music community that supports new artists.
When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-I think you have to forget about the reviews, good or bad, and do whatever comes to you. It’s interesting because from the standpoint of a fan of many bands, I often judge a new release based on what I want to hear from the band and what I expect to hear from them, with little regard for what they are trying to create. I probably only really enjoy 1 in 5 releases from the bands I listen to and like. Its a tough scenario for many “signed” artists as I think they are often under deadlines to write an album, which interferes in the process. You hear stories all the time about bands going into the studio with no material and 8-12 weeks to get an album done. The best part of being an independent is that you have all the time in the world, or at least get to set your own deadlines.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-I’d have to say a little of both. Some days are harder to write than others, and I personally chose to not do anything if I’m not feeling it. Simply because if I’m in a negative mind set, I won’t like anything I do or be open to revising it. Sometimes I’ll do it anyway, and then go back and work on it when I feel more inspired and motivated.
Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-We’ve found over the last few years that physical is still desired by the folks that come out to see you play. When we first got started I thought that people really wouldn’t care to have a CD, they are just going to put it on their mobile player of choice anyway and the disc will be put in a drawer never to be seen again. So we offered a digital download card, which would allow us to cut down both our upfront costs as well as what we charge for the music, and encourage people to purchase it, or so I thought at the time. As it turned out that was not the case. On the other side of that, if not for the digital aspect we wouldn’t be doing an interview for a publication based in Sweden today because you would never have heard of us.
With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-Since the question was asked I’ll attempt to answer it honestly although I prefer not to categorize or even try to describe it, especially now at a time we are in the process of writing a new album as it sets expectations and limitations. To be clear, I’m not one of those “artsy-fartsy” types that believes creativity should never be inhibited by putting a label on it. As a metal act, I’m often tempted to ask myself if we are “heavy” enough to even call ourselves metal with some other adjective in front of it. However, I spent years of my musical life asking myself why I couldn’t sound like this band or why I couldn’t be more like that band. All the while creating nothing. With that said, I view our sound a combination of the influences that got us interested in music and playing and creating it in the first place, with a small amount of our own thing mixed in. I won’t list them off here so as not to try to explain the sound and let anyone who cares to listen label it as they will.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Lyrics are important, but I never over think them. What I’ve learned is people will interpret them to what they want to. That’s pretty much what I want them to do. I like to be as deep as possible, with the slight vagueness so anyone can relate in anyway they see fit. As a lyricist, I never try to read into anyone’s lyrics because you never know where they were in their head at that moment
What part does artwork for album cover play in the world for the band?
-The artwork usually comes from a theme everyone in Genotype agrees upon, describing the mood of the music and what might be happening in the content of the lyrics. Generally on both Discs we have a Sci Fi theme showing a Female cyborg in different stages of creation ie. “Genotype I” she has been created, “Design Intent” she is fully aware and for the upcoming album might be a more sinister role. This art motivates us to tell the next story in the evolution of the Genotype.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Absolutely. We unfortunately haven’t had a chance to travel out too far, but when we’ve played areas more than once, it’s a great feeling to see familiar faces, as well as the new ones. It seems the more exposed to our music people are, the more they get it, and get into it. When you feel the energy of the crowd, its an amazing experience.
What do you see in the future?
-Finishing the third disc is proving to be difficult, what you hear on the last two discs might be a challenge to top. We are determined to keep working hard and creating the best product we can. For the future, Genotype is looking to expand our audience around the U.S. and eventually Europe.