With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to HEKSEBRANN. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
(answered by Julius) The three of us are long time friends with a passion for music. One day, we went to a concert and while fooling around we decided to form a 3-piece band. Marko’s main instrument is Guitar, mine is Drums, so we switched around. Mario was totally new to playing Bass! We just wanted to experiment at first and didn’t have huge expectations. The rest is history, I suppose.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
(answered by Marko) It’s a long journey to really find your own sound and it constantly evolves, in my opinion. We inspire ourselves by artists we like and impart some elements of them into our style. I wanted a less-is-more approach for drums from the beginning. It was clear for Julius that he wants a dual amp setup in the veins of High on Fire. We totally love distorted bass tones, so Mario got a Boss HM2 Bass Setup. For Spiritual Descending, it was important to me that the result would still sound raw and organic. The sound has to carry the mood of the album and deliver the energy of the songs at the same time. We also try to recreate that in our live setting as good as possible.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
(answered by Marko) It’s very different from song to song. Sometimes we manage to almost finish a song in one writing session, others aren’t even finished until we hit the studio and will be recorded in a final version there. Generally, it’s a long way until we are satisfied with all the details, because it’s important to us that every element connects with another. The song, vocals, structure and lyrics need to be coherent. It takes more than a catchy melody to write a good song, in my opinion.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
(answered by Marko) There is certainly some truth to that. Personally, I only listen to music on vinyl at home. That way you almost always listen to whole albums and not just single songs. There will be always one or two songs that stand out on a record, but it’s just a piece of a bigger picture. I think everyone should take their time to find out, what meaning this piece of puzzle has for the whole release.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
(answered by Marko) I have the feeling that people don’t really spend as much time with a piece of music, because everything is basically for free at their fingertips. It might just even become background noise in the worst case. Some records need more rotations until you connect with the music. That is definitely an advantage for CD/Vinyl. If you buy an album, you will listen to it a couple of times, because you paid for it. The artwork is also very important on physical releases and will be neglected most times with digital versions. I don’t think that the future of music looks so bad, because there will still be people especially in metal music that really cherish this art form with all their heart.
(answered by Mario)
Digital releases have some advantages as well. You can reach a wide range of people a lot quicker. Through streaming services, artists have a lot more insight which songs people like and can adapt to their fan’s wishes. Playlists seem to be the new album format as people will only listen to the songs they like and create their own version of your record. So you have to be a bit flexible as well.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
(answered by Marko) Responses to our music were mostly positive so far and we are very happy about that. People like the album’s atmosphere that artwork, songs and sound design create. The most attention is directed to the DIY vibe during the album’s creation.
We come from a musical environment, where you do a lot of things by your own: Shows, demo recording, artwork design and so on. So creating the album all by ourselves was challenging but we could realize all our ideas to the smallest detail.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
(answered by Julius) Definitely, getting to speak to magazines and people all around the world. I’m always completely floored when total strangers write us positive messages about your music and seeing good reviews of our album on the internet or in magazines like Legacy is just unreal.
(answered by Marko)
I was totally stunned when the german music magazine DEAF FOREVER featured us on their facebook page. I read the magazine since the first release at the Partysan 2014. The Deaf Forever is the perfect example that there are still “maniacs” around for which music is simply more!
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
(answered by Marko) Definitely, being a musician connects you with other people who love the art. Being music fans ourselves, seeing great artists on stage really inspires us. The music scene is amazing, because everyone seems to be on the same page and with music you kind of speak a language that can be understood everywhere. We already played with awesome bands like Vulcano (Brasil), Jesus Chrüsler Supercar (Sweden), Nikander (Czech), … and always had great nights! I’m not sure if I would have made so many awesome encounters if it wasn’t for the music. It’s great to be part of a worldwide community.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
(answered by Marko) Yes, for sure! In live setting, bands really need to show what they are made of and show that they can transport their music and emotions. In the studio with the help of computers, you can make almost everything listenable, but then a band might totally fail when playing live.
So proving that you can pull it off, can really widen your fan base.
That’s why we always try to give our best during our performances, because when people are satisfied and bang their heads, we are satisfied, too
What plans do you have for the future?
(answered by Julius) We just spent two weekends with filming our first music video with the help of our friend Daniel. Further, we are planning release shows later this year once concerts are allowed again. In the meantime, we try to further promote our new release. Let’s see where it goes from there.