Until recently I didn’t care too much about GOATWHORE but then I got the chance to interview them and thus woke an interest for them. As answered by Zack. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
ZS- Not hard at all. It’s easily searchable at this point and no secret. It fits our music because it is unapologetic and it is what is.

What is it like to be on tour? As I haven’t experienced it I have no clue how you kill boredom without using drugs and alcohol.
ZS- It’s a great time but it can also wear you down very quick if you aren’t careful. You have to stick to a routine to make sure you do the best you can each night. Everyone has their own way to deal with boredom on the road and it’s best to find your limit when it comes to partying.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
ZS- When you play music long enough and for the right reasons, it comes about naturally and you don’t have to force anything or try to be anything for the sake of being something. Your influences are ingrained and a subconscious part of your musical DNA.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
ZS- Yeah, for sure. Being a band that’s a part of the metal scene feels more connected because metal is such a tight-knit brotherhood and there is a very strong bond amongst fans and bands alike. It’s an attitude and a way of life.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
ZS- How we look in photos is how we look on any other day of the week, honestly. Except for some more spikes maybe but it’s really not that important to us. The graphic and artwork aspect of our band is much more important. We try to let that imagery along with the music take precedence.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
ZS- All the aspects that the lyrics represent are important and are wide-ranging. Things drawn from dark literature, the occult, war, and anti-christianity have a great deal to do with our lyrical themes and they are integral to the music.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album? Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
ZS- I’m not sure actually. I think there will always be fans that want physical copies, be it vinyl or CD or whatever. Basically, there are many options to listen to and buy music these days and I’d say there is no wrong way to go. If you’re a fan and like a band, you’re going to find a way to listen to their record. Hopefully then that gets people to come out to a show.

What relevance does being signed to a label have today when we see CD sales going down and more and more rock/metal places closing its doors and live music attendance is decreasing?
ZS- I really don’t follow statistics or anything but I think it is necessary for us to have the backing of a good label. It helps to have a good team behind you to take care of certain things. That allows us to concentrate on writing, touring, etc.

Is there a difference in how you get treated depending on where in the world you are? What and why are does it differ from place to place?
ZS- Not really. There is a common level of respect al over the world, or at least places that we go. You come to expect certain things from some places once you’ve been there enough times. Some for better or worse but that’s just how it is.

What lies in the future?
ZS- We’ve got a lot of touring in store over the next two years. In between tours we will get a head start on writing for the next record.

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