In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with HUMANITY DELETE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the 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?
-we’ve played music for years and years in different constellations. Humanity Delete is another outlet for it, to play and record some dirty metal basically.
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?
-Well we are from Sweden, so I havent felt anything like that really.
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?
-Well we do the cliché stuff, we make music for ourselves, because its what we do and what we like, and then if the feedback is good its naturally very cool. But its nothing that we dwell much on really. Same with the thing if an album is easily identifiable to another, I mean we do what we do, so naturally it sounds pretty much the same, we almost never set out to try something weird or superfresh just for the sake of it.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-Thats a good question haha. I have no idea really, you just write riffs, and you make them into songs, and then what comes out comes out. Sometimes its a really cool song, and sometimes maybe not so much haha.
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?
-Yes we have recorded both analog and digital indeed, and these days its pretty much in the guy who records and mixes, if its hearable or not. Digital is easier though, naturally, but analog has its own charm, but these days analog gets expensive again, as its an old format I guess, and thats why rich people like Grohl thinks its cool again, just like all the people that think that vinyl is cool again, just because the format was pretty much gone for some years. People are very often retards that go for trends, its always gonna be like that.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-These days after so many years its not the same feeling naturally, but yeah its cool, a feeling that its accomplished and that it became hopefully atleast close to what you set out to do. I dont think much of what people think about it, if they dont like it. Its their taste so thats fine. If they like it, its flattering I guess, but then again its nothing that I care for real about too much.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-It depends on the song really, sometimes you have a song and just need some fitting lyrics, and other times you have a song and really want to tell something with it, like a certain story and then the lyrics are much more important.
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?
-Same for me naturally, as a kid. Artworks are a huge part of the album, a bad artwork can make you avoid an album Im sure. Atleast if you just come by it in the section in some shop. If you hear the music first, then the artwork naturally isnt as important for the liking of the album itself. But yeah, artwork is just like lyrics an extension of the music, a big part of the whole package. I mean you dont buy shoes for 200 euros wich look ace, and then walk around in them wearing a brown paperbag as trousers… You want the whole outfit to be fitting together haha.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
Yeah, when we do gigs if we have played a place before, naturally people come back. I mean if they liked it the first time haha.
What do you see in the future?
-For Humanity Delete I have no idea yet. For the world as usual doom and destruction haha.