With a new album about to drop soon it was time to interview HISS FROM THE MOAT. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-The main difference is the length of the album compared to the demo, so you have to put more creativity to avoid repeating yourself in the songs. But the artistic pressure is less, if you have many things to say with your music as an album gives you more space to do so, instead with a demo you should be more concise. I don’t think there’s a pressure in releasing an album, we put the same intensity in every piece of content that we, as a band or singular components, release, either if it’s a Youtube or Facebook video or an entire album.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-It all starts from having something to say and to comunicate. The goal is to give a sense to everything we put in the creation of it, from the notes, rhythmic sessions, lyrics, artwork, video clips etc… and to be able to comunicate our feelings with whoever feels like us and see themselves, somehow, in what we do.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-That feels good, of course, to see that what you are doing is appreciated from people around the world is a great feeling, but that’s not the goal of why we make music. For us is more important to see that people feel part of what we feel and do, and that our ideals are shared around the world.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-No, never. Everything changes and we, as human beings, change, so what we feel, what is important to us changes too, so we always leave freedom of expression in what we want to do. Creating something that we don’t feel part of 100% would be like lying to whoever listens to us just to maintein their or someone’s expectation, and that’s not what we believe in.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Yes, absolutely. Having people welcoming you around the world is very important for us. As I repeated in the previous answers, we create art and music to comunicate something, and if someone shares what we do, that’s being part of a bigger community. We’re creating energy with what we do, and expanding that energy will make it stronger and more close than what people think.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-That’s always a hard process of creativity, but every time we write songs we learn new things in composing and writing them. It’s like if every time we go deeper in what we do and we discover new things that inspire us for the next album. Hopefully this won’t stop soon and we’ll have many ideas for many albums
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-We get inspiration from many different things in life. I think that the main inspiration comes from how we feel, we don’t like most of the common values and way of living of most people have nowadays and I think that’s what drove our songwriting and lyrics in The Harrier. Having a message is the most important thing in creating our music. We don’t care about showing off our skills as many musicians do when writing albums.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-We do, it’s completely different from what it was some years ago. I think technology changed too fast for who was in charge of the music industry and they didn’t adapt to it fast enugh losing control and making a big deal about it. I think that the internet opened doors to everybody giving the possibility to everyone to share their music. Then, most of them didn’t create something powerful enough to make a living from it so many bands quit and stop making art. I think we, or at least I, will produce art regardless of the money. If what we’ll make will gives us the opportunity to tour and just be a full-time band, good, if not, I will always find the time to express and release my feelings.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-It’s just formats, it’s good to have everything so that people can chose what they want, if they want it. If you want something, you’ll go and get it. I think that today’s culture of ‘support us and buy our stuff’ is ruinous, the goal is not to keep us on tour, but should be of the artist to keep people’s minds alive.
What lies in the future?
-We will be releasing The Harrier on February 22nd and we’re working on supporting our release with shows and tours in the next few years to bring our art in front of as many people as possible. On top of that we already have many new ideas for new songs that we will start laying down in the next months so that outside of the release we can work on new material too.