HÄLLAS is one of these bands that I have been aware of for a while but never really checked out properly. Until now. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?>
-Back when me and Tommy started the band our primary goal was to write songs and just be able to play them in the rehearsal room. Later on when the others joined in things got more serious and our new goal was to record our first EP. I mean, there’s always a new goal arriving when an old one is reached. But the most important thing is the constant urge of writing songs that we enjoy, which we all have. Our common goal is to thrive and always make good albums which makes sense to all of us. /Kasper
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Don’t you think Jönköping is cool? Hehe. Since we’re all from “uncool” places it’s hard for us to notice any difference. Maybe our music had been more appreciated if we came from New York, but I really don’t think so. /Kasper
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We still feel like we’ve barely started and that we have much more to give and that there’s room to improve and develop. Now we’re just eager to make another album and we don’t think that much about whether people will like it or not. If we did I think we would lose an important part of ourselves as a band. /Nicklas
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge is getting out of there alive…
No, we just put together some songs and Marcus had this idea for a concept so we altered it a bit and put together the songs around the concept. We had many ideas so it was hard to fit everything into a maximum of 45 minutes which is what you’ve got if it’s supposed to go on vinyl. We don’t really know how to write songs but somehow we manage to do it anyway. /Nicklas
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-That depends how you see it. Excerpts from a Future Past was mastered through an analogue tape machine. What the tape does to the sound is very subtle, it sort of glues everything together, especially the transients. A digital recording is more clear – you hear everything and it’s totally transparent and you can spot every single detail. But tape sounds more ’record’, at least to my ears. And a bit more exciting. If we’d recorded the album from start to finish onto, say, a 16 or 24 channel tape recorder it would sound even more like this, ’tape’, but we didn’t have the opportunity and even if we had we would probably record digitally anyway and pass it through tape later in the mixing process, and I’d bet Mr Grohl does the same most of the time. /Nicklas
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-Yes of course. Will people like it or are they gonna think it’s rubbish? You’ll never know. Once finished you send it over to your label and you sit there and wait, wait and wait. Several months you wait. And you can’t do anything. And then you get the first reviews…that’s really tense. /Nicklas
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics are really important. And for me as a lead singer every word needs to be analysed. I need to feel the words and believe in them when I sing to give the best of it. The words don’t have to tell everything of the story straight on but in symbios with the music they need to give the right feeling and work together. We want the listener to interpret the stories we write for themselves. /Tommy
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Cover art is a big part of our albums in many ways. We have chosen to write concept albums and to fulfil the concept we feel that fitting artwork is a virtue. Also, the cover art is the first impression of an album, so if it’s really good looking I’m certain that it has a great impact on the potential listener. /Kasper
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We haven’t been playing in the same cities that orten, except for Berlin and Gothenburg and we have gotten really good response from the audience over there. Hopefully we did a good impression the first time and later held up our reputation during the next shows! /Kasper
What do you see in the future?