IN-DEFILADE is a US death metal band that really blows everything that comes in its way to hell and back. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now, what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Pride. The process and collaboration with those you respect and consider your absolute inner circle brings nothing but pride for creating such a killer representation of our angst. Elude was definitely a step in the right direction for me personally. I love how as soon as it was completed, a flood of ideas for new songs came pouring out. How everyone involved and their energy bleeds throughout every part of it, and to harness that into a movement forward is so inspiring and addictive.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have, and what does it mean to you?
-IN-DEFILADE is exactly how I approach most things in life. I try to be as calculated and smart as possible with every decision I make. To not be sucked into the nothingness that the current slaveminded society has to offer. To be elusive and always move forward for myself and support those I deem deserving of my time and energy. Also, to live with a fortified defense and to traverse across life being the least detected by those I wish not to come into contact with. It’s a sheer statement of everything I hold dear in life. Family, brotherhood, loyalty, honor, and tribe. To protect those things with the greatest means possible. It’s a perfect alternative to “Don’t fuck with us, or you will be silenced by all means necessary!”
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s worth something if someone truly connects with what it is I allow them to see. I’m a fairly private person, but I always end up saying all that lurks throughout my mind through music. If some connect to that and can use that for an expansion of thought, then I am most honored to have sparked a drive. Music to me is a medium of communication. I tend to always listen to others’ music on how they express it. The dynamics of what it is they’re portraying. It’s like body language. Everyone has a communication through the tiniest of movements that explain much about them. You just have to observe and listen. Sometimes, the simplest constructs are the most powerful. I love the raw, simple, and aggressive. It doesn’t have to be particularly death metal. I have found massive forms of aggression in the simplest forms of music. I feel those raw emotions are extremely basic and can be spoken aptly through the most linear of ways. Granted, some is just mindless shit intended on nothing but the fad or the “in” thing. You can spot those fairly well, but when you can connect with someone’s message through soundscaping, it’s a pretty good thing.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-In one way or another, there’s always a sense of imagery you would like to portray. Its importance depends on what you wish to be the end result. Some seek out absolute fame and wish to “shock” you with imagery that may not be exactly representative of their minds. To them imagery is everything, and to me that’s all they are. Absolute imagery that carries no substance. Some find that entertaining and can escape into a surreal world. For me personally, I am not too sucked into those aspects of that. The impression I would like IN-DEFILADE to give would be one of strength, loyalty, honor, and absolute feral violence upon those who perpetuate a threat to those things in your life. To attract likeminded people who feel that those things are important as well. Those who dream of absolute liberty, that defy the slave state mindset and not fall for the illusion of liberty constructed by a true enemy to those core values.
I am a huge fan of LP artwork. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
-Me, too. It’s definitely a defining component to the art of music. Its importance to me personally is vital. More for my personal feelings than anything else, a mark of achievement etc., but it comes back to that imagery portion of it. I always felt when the artwork represents the content as close as possible, it makes an impact. When I was a kid, nothing was better than opening up an album’s insert and finding the bits of artwork that match up with the songs. When artists take the time to express what it is they want to reveal, and you connect to that, alas carving your own mental imagery. I don’t think there’s a replacement for that feeling. Ahhh, the nostalgia!!! Haha! Then there’s some that you look at and see just how shallow the effort was for the entire project. Some you can tell it’s from the desk of some label PR department and connects to absolutely nothing within the content of the songs. I find that an injustice to the musician who might actually give a fuck about it. Granted, there are some who would just settle for mediocre and be trendy.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans, or is there a down side to it, too?
-It can be a great tool to connect and promote your music, etc., but only to those who “play ball” and fall into the lines of “acceptable” content. Though some content is allowed that rides on lines of the ridiculous, due to their mindlessness and slavelike attributes. ‘Cause they pose no threat but to distract and for you to fall deeper into the seduction of being part of a free society. Where glorification of the useless and non-contribution of anything is held in the spotlight, only to further the erosion of what it is that makes life worth something. When someone caught into the whirlwind finds that digital blips are real and that life is a reality. All while the world that they reside in falls away and the defeating of their own is on the forefront. When they didn’t even see it coming ‘cause they were so wrapped up in what some celebrity or corporate manufacturer released for their feeding of shit that day. A weakness that resides on the fact that as with any organism, they all are susceptible. It’s a continuum of all things repeated. It takes an awareness that few possess to keep from being sucked in. I’m sure some can stop what they’re doing right now and look around and see they’ve built a world of nothingness around them. As they roll the agronomic chair that they bought specifically to be comfortable during the countless hours being a voyeur and lying to themselves that they too are in fact an individual of some substance. As their bodies have declined and the masculine portion of their anatomy is only defined by genitalia. The diseases that plague them render results of absolute dependency. As they gaze upon a life that seems worthy and honorable only falls to ash if the electrical power was to just go out and never return. What do they have to offer in that scenario ? What have they done to prove to themselves that they can cultivate and secure something for those they deem worthy? Most I see only to be a burden to those who wish to live lives with those they want to keep safe and build upon what’s left. With technology, there’s always the aspect of failure. It’s a microcosm of the insidious nature of mankind. Where the fleeting illusion of honor is a mere blip on a screen. As the masses are captivated by the messaging and narrative that is driven by a single architect. While given the so-called freedom to express yourself, the illusion manifested into rabid divisional lines. Man-made conveniences are only that!!! Conveniences. And more than likely will not provide for the long term.
When you play in a band, does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Yes, it is a community, and sometimes it is a good part of my life. It brings me joy and brings some together that otherwise may not have had a crossing of minds. Definition of massive community is hard to tell. The current saturation is mindboggling, and I just prefer to seek out people of my same mindset.
When you are in the middle of it, do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy, or does it suffer from some ailment?
-The music scene in general is fairly saturated. In a way, it’s bad and good. On one hand, some music that otherwise wouldn’t or couldn’t be heard and enjoyed can be. On the other hand, it’s full of complete reruns and senseless shit. Some find things great, and I’m happy for them. I’d just prefer to continue on my current path and slowly connect and broaden my spectrum of those like me. Now, to the suffering. As with any society being small or large, you will have those who wish to be part of the ripping apart of individualism, meaning the continuous effort of social justice gobbly-gook that seems to be plaguing people who have zero sense of purpose. Like I said before in the previous questions, most of these people are led by the construct and live off the means of others. They feel a sense of guilt or something and believe that creating spineless youth leads to a utopia of some sort. I’m not sure if they even know what they’re standing up for. Just that it seems like a safe thing to do. Group-think on the smoke-and-mirrored information they’re given. Mankind will always divide themselves when large groups come together. In a civilized world, I would assume they’d treat each other with respect in some sense of the matter. It’s when dividing lines are created only to distract and spotlight on unobtainable results. When they focus on the incorrect oppressor ‘cause it’s the easiest target. Just like any terrorist faction or mass shooter. They go straight to the soft targets. Ones that won’t affect their lives much instead of going for the true enemy that can render disastrous results with one keystroke. It’s good media fodder to create those divisive overtones. I believe in tribe and creating a circle of those whom I choose to be around, using the tools of what’s available to bring a result that impacts only the circle and least amount outside. You are nothing in their world but everything in your world. Make the best of it. Make it so any adversary that wishes to cross your line will be met with a ferocity that would be heard through the slaves’ chains. A constant vibration to never again embark upon a deceitful mission into our world. They are excluded just for those reasons and should keep themselves out of those places if they wish to continue living like a slave.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Touring has not been a priority for us. Though it would be great, it’s not financially sound for us to devote to that. Our resources tend to favor our families and circle, for they are priority over all. If a chance to play a tour or even some good shows in the future that won’t disrupt the balance, then I’m sure we would take the opportunity to its fullest. I love to play live and in front of raging audiences. There will be a time and place for that to take hold. It would be amazing to pummel a crowd relentlessly with our creation.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully a constant flow of creation with my brothers. To gradually connect with solid people. Some things pertaining to some video work, for a couple of songs off Elude deserve some killer representation. Merchandise will become available very soon, along with some limited hard copies of Elude. Since we are self-financed, fiscal decisions have to be calculated and smart. Some property on my end has been obtained, and I plan on using it to its fullest in creating some more aggression to be unleashed.