I have no idea what HELSOTT means, or even if it means anything but is sure sounds cool saying. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-Just the artistic creation of the whole process. We have many influences in art and you can hear a lot of our influences in our songs but you know it is spun in a different web that sounds like Helsott. I like doing the same thing that the people I look up to have done and seeing how different the outcome is.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-This recording is different in how many musicians we have on the album, and how the albums sounds with their influences. We did the same process as far as studio, mix, master, and art but the songs are more complex in the new album.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-I’m sure you can find messages and morals in our stories but that is not my main goal when I write. I usually try to write a story with every song. I like the lyrics to be a journey that anyone can follow. I’m not that into lyrics that are just words that fit together that meant something to the writer at the time he was feeling it. Not too many people have confronted me about the lyrics or the themes of our albums. The most reaction I get is that they can’t understand what I am saying. As far as the “red thread” question… Not really. As long as it is either funny, adventurous, or pagan then I can try to fit my lyrics to a Helsott song.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-Borknagar, Therion, Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth, Arkona, Ensiferum…etc
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?*-This one was pretty easy considering the theme was already written. It was important to have boobies cause our last 2 albums had boobies, pyramid, Orion’s Belt, a broken Ankh, the Pharaoh, the slaves…
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-We always make sure our artwork is awesome. Anyone that loves bands like Iron Maiden or Cannibal Corpse knows exactly how important the artwork is. It is true that record stores are all but dead and gone and that was where the album cover really had it’s biggest impact. I miss walking into the metal section and seeing bad ass art from a band I had never heard of… Now people just steal it from the internet and put it on an mp3 player or your phone and hit shuffle and never look at the art. Very sad.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-Sometimes a good title will come to me and then I will write the lyrics around the song but most of the time I will write the song and give it an appropriate title.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I think we are already in that dead and buried phase. I don’t think we will ever make money with this band and I worry that as time goes by we will not be able to afford to put all of our time and money into the band. It would be much easier to continue if the were money to be made. Luckily some people still get off their asses and go to shows. As long as we can play our music live and have fun doing it we will continue with this band whether we sell cds or not.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Live is everything.
What lies in the future?
-Touring. We have a Euro tour being planned right now and we are looking for more opportunities to tour the US and Canada again. I would love to tour in South America but have never had any offers. I know we have some loyal fans down there that would love to see us. We already have the ideas for the next album and I have already started writing the story. So, within the next 2 – 4 years you will get another full length Helsott album but right now our main focus is supporting Slaves and Gods to the fullest potential.