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 ICE WAR. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Jo: Sometimes I think to myself if its egotistical to want other to hear you music or consume your art . Naturally, I’m no exception. This music is intended for those into the deepest unknown heavy metal. Its not really intended for mass consumption. It’s not aiming to please on a broad term.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Jo: Living in Ottawa its a constant battle against the elements. Its a war against ice ,snow,slush,darkness and extreme cold. there’s also the fact that thematically, Ice War sings of conflict through out the history here in the Americas.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Jo: I’m going to point to the obvious being early Iron Maiden and Metallica . Nothing’s really changed and I still stick to those classics. Bands that inspire me are other one man bands like Bathory or contemporaries like Demona, Spectre or Toxic Holocaust. I like the idea of one persons artistic vision.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
Jo: The name and concept came very quickly. I have an easy template to work with here but one day I might have to progress.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Jo: I’ve been doing band interviews since the early 2000’s and this is a reoccurring question even though since then , there has been a vinyl resurgence for better or for worst. I’m all pro digital music as its practical and less wasteful. There’s bad sides to it like artists and labels having a harder time supporting themselves. I’ve adapted.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Jo: Its an integral part of the package! I do the bulk of the graphic design and sometimes cover artwork and pay close attention to details right down to fonts and color schemes. I like bold minimalist artwork. My father has painted both Ice War full length albums.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Jo: I personally hate being chained to social media just to promote my music. Its the worst part of being a musician. In an ideal world, I wouldn’t have to deal with it. I still make flyers and promote in print magazines and zines. Every way possible works.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
Jo: Absolutely not. I don’t feel like I’m part of any scene. I feel more like an outsider with the odd person appreciating what i do.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Jo: Find me a backing band anywhere on this planet and i will travel there to play some gigs.
What will the future bring?
Jo: A few new singles are in the works. Thanks a lot for your time and please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org