GODSKILL is a band that I have just recently discovered. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-In the first place, we want to entertain the listener. Secondly, our goal is to take the people to different places, musically.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was really hard, because there is so many things you have to consider. The genre you are supposed to be in, finding a name that can be remembered easily and finding a name not being used by anyone today and in the past.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-There is no certain band. Everybody in this band has a different background from all kinds of music, but mainly extrem metal. Today we are inspired by taking our music to the next level.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-No, we didn`t do anything with the intent to sound like this or that. Everything happened naturally, it was or better it is the interaction of us 4 playing together and having fun. So you see, we set a frame “extrem metal” and went from there. The name came later.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-We cannot imagine to release single tracks. We want to release an album which contains a certain song order, to make it interesting to listen to completely. In our opinion an album is a form of art and can`t be ripped apart in single pieces. We accept the disadvantage, not to reach those people who decided to listen only to single tracks.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-As said before, an album is a form of art. It has to have a matching art-work and lay-out. The only way to draw people`s attention when they don`t know your music is an interesting art-work. In our case, our drummer Thomas is designing everything. He is very talented.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media plays a huge role in promoting music and live gigs today, in our opinion. I am not a fan to be honest but you have to socialize on the www 😉 Interestingly, we made the experience without promoting the old fashioned way like having ads on magazines etc. it is hard to draw enough people to live shows.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Never, we don`t feel like something bigger. We are still fans, we still go out, watching bands in front of the stage like everyone else. We just want to be a part of the family.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We only play single shows or 2 shows in a row on a weekend. With family and our daily jobs to do it is always hard to go on tour. This band is our hobby, we are no professional musicians. Of course, gigging is the best way to spread the word of the band.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully, staying healthy, more live shows, a new album and meeting new people around the world.
Thank you very much for having us, greetings Timo from GodSkill