HOWLING GIANT is a really cool stoner/doom band that I am glad I got to know of. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Originally we started the band as a side project, a chance to step away from our other bands at the time. We wrote songs about our Dungeons and Dragons campaign, with a focus on riff based song writing. Eventually we decided to pursue this as our main project finding immense satisfaction in writing about arcane omniscience and minotaurs.
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?
-We don’t focus too much on trying to create a sound all of our own. The hope is that we can develop our own sound as we refine our song writing process. We listen to a lot of music from within and outside of our genre which constantly influences musical ideas.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Sometimes we write a song in an hour, and sometimes it takes us over a year. We only release a song if we’re all 100% satisfied with it.
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?
– We always consider the overall album flow. Our music is meant to be listened to in the context of the entire album front to back. We usually don’t worry about trying to stand out commercially. Our only focus is to write music that we enjoy, and hopefully other people are into it.
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?
-As a musician you can either resist the change or adapt to it. There’s been a resurgence in demand for vinyl records, bands are touring more than ever before, and heavy music has gotten more attention due to the tenacity of underground bands. If people can download music for free, we as a band need to offer an unforgettable live show, and exclusive physical merchandise. Honestly, it’s an exciting time to be in a band.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We’ve gotten mostly positive responses so far, which is pretty cool. I would say that our live show has gotten the most attention. Work hard, play hard, walk hard.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We’ve gotten fan theories on the storyline of our concept “Black Hole Space Wizard” from all over the world. We’re always surprised to see anyone reach out to us, especially when they’re on another continent.
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?
-Definitely. We love the heavy scene and everyone in it, from bands to fans to the bar tenders who keep us from going thirsty. Playing in a band offers a creative outlet and a chance to explore the depths of cosmic reality. If we didn’t play music, we would probably be steadily sliding into madness in a cubicle, serving our corporate overlords.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live absolutely helps build a bigger following. We meet people at every show that have never heard of us and are now following everything we do. Its also cool to connect with people that found us online.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We’re a few days away from touring to and from Psycho Las Vegas, we have another tour booked in October, and after that we’re locking ourselves away to write and record a bunch of new music.