HEXED is a recently discovered Swedish metal band that I find highly interesting. So to get to know more I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-After Stellan had been away from playing music for a very long time, he picked up his guitar and felt a craving to create something again, the idea was to create some music in a smaller type of project. After a while suddenly there was material for an entire album. Tina who just quit her former band and also had a desire to sing on harder materials for a long time, jumped into the project. We worked on the songs and found a great sound in the composed material, wich took us further into completing a full band. Soon both Teddy and Daniel joined the band as well. The main purpose for HEXED is to be established, creating a fanbase and playing live as much as we can.

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?
-Probably, the simple explanation for this is that even though we have been away from our own creativity in music, we still followed the development of music and all new genres. The mixture between old thinking and new ideas combined with Tinas voice creates our slightly different sound. HEXED is a genius blend of thick driving rhythms, melodic and sometimes progressively orientated, but always with catchy chorus lines and strong powerful vocals.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-When you’ve been away from composing, there are a lot of old ideas mixed in with all the new impressions you got, into one big creative process. The path towards our finished album has taken longer time due to various tragic events concerning our families. Our album “Netherworld” reflects musically in many ways this dark period in our lives, but has also been a way out of the dark, and a way to move forward. Our creativity along the way has been healing, but also a lot of fun.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-Certainly, the simplicity of today can unfortunately cause the music to be released earlier than planned. Our own material has got plenty of time in all stages of the process, composing, mixing and mastering. But we are not only just interested in releasing a great album, we also want to deliver a nicely wrapped and well thought out product with credibility. In this way we believe we can create loyal fans who also know that they always get what they expect.

I for one feel that the change of 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 recorded music?
-Unfortunately yes in a way, but music itself and the urge to create music will never die. But like you said, people listen to music in a more mobile way today than before and the record sales are almost dead. It is certainly not an income that you as a musician even calculate with, it’s more a bonus income at gigs. If you’re a smaller band and want your music to be discovered at all, your only chance is to offer free downloads and streaming.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Undoubtedly Tina’s unique vocals got the most attention. And overall our vocal arrangements combined with our sound, dark lyrics and catchy chorus lines.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-What is a bit surprising and fun is that although we have not released our album yet, there are already a lot of interest in it. We have already established contact with fans from different parts of the world like South America, Asia and several countries in Europe, that is really awesome.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Yes, because when you are together with all the crazy music-loving people that you meet around the music scene, you really know that this must be a Greater Community. We are all like one big family with a common interest in music, whether you play in a band or as an active fan.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is the most important and also the most fun way to get our music out. We are really excited and looking forward to this, to meet our fans and other musicians from around the world, exchanging ideas and experiences over a beer or three.

What plans do you have for the future?
-The plan is of course to play live as much as possible, both here in Sweden and around the world. Our hope is to have the opportunity to get out on tour and in connection with that, also play on both large and small festivals. To meet our fans, perform live and having a really awesome time doing it, that is our future goals for HEXED.


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