With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to HOURDITE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from 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?
-Our vision is very much the same. Ever since the beginning, it has been all about reaching out with our music, recordings as well as gigs. We treat the band like a business.
What keeps us together is the common strive and will to make progress, big or small. By setting up goals and working towards them we are constantly moving in the right direction.
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?
-People’s perception of an unknown band doesn’t necessarily have to be good or bad.
If a band from LA, NY or London come to Sweden to do a gig there is very likely interest from the general public. “They have travelled very far and therefore must be very good”. That kind of attitude.
And it’s probably much the same when Swedish bands travel and play these cities.
There is a big interest internationally in Swedish music exports.
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?
-As of yet we only have two singles out available for streaming.
From our point of view, the next natural step is always to try and outdo ourselves. Both when it comes to writing new songs and up the quality and scale of the production.
It can also be very helpful in reaching out to friends, family or the general public to get their opinion on a new song.
Which is what it’s all about in the end.
From day one we are also working on figuring out our sound. A process that either goes smooth or might take a couple of releases. Who knows.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-There is no “how to guide” in writing songs that you know the audience will like.
We mostly jam around on ideas and what we end up working on is whatever parts we found interesting while jamming around.
Everyone puts their own touch to the songs.
Mostly we’re all present so it’s not a one-man operation.
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?
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-As we already mentioned, we only have two releases out but pre-production on our upcoming release later this year is in full swing.
Of course, there is a certain pride when you sit down and listen to something you have released.
At the same time, you’re thinking about how the listeners will react.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Our singer writes all the lyrics. This is what he has to say about it:
If you are creating a song with overarching lyrics, I believe that they should be treated as one of the most important parts.
However, this does not mean that lyrics should be placed over every single section in a piece of music. The most effective use of lyrics, in my opinion, is when you allow the rest of the music to punctuate and breathe in between the lines of lyric.
Many of Pink Floyd’s greatest songs are a testament to the power and emotion empty space brings.
I guess the things that I want to convey with my lyrics are meaningfulness and dignity. I feel as though far too much entertainment (be it movies, tv shows, music etc.(politics)) pushes nihilistic and hedonistic ideals.
I want to give people a drive to believe in something, a reason to look forward to the future. It is a call to anyone who wants to listen, to stand tall and better themselves and fight for something bigger than themselves.
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?*
-We are strong believers that the artwork is a good way to attract new listeners, but this only extends to the people that buy physical records.
On streaming services, you can just push the play button and lean back. The album cover becomes less important.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-As of yet, we have not played the same venue twice.
What do you see in the future?
-Hopefully, all the hard work will pay off.
Tours and gigs within Sweden as well as in Europe and all over the place.
More releases and a loyal fanbase wouldn’t be so bad either.