A band name can say so much. It can set the tone for your whole experience. INFERNAL OUTCRY did so for me. And the music matched the band name. so an interview had to be arranged. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-When I joined the band, our main purpose was to write music that we wanted to hear and share
that with others. All of us have a varying range of musical interests and it was cool to hear all those ideas meld into what would become our “sound”.
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 never really worried about coming up with our own sound. Basically, our music is the
collective result of our influences all put together. I think bands that worry about trying to sound
unique end up going the opposite way, or wind up doing nothing at all, in fear of copying someone
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Each of the members have their own processes they go through when writing and sharing ideas. I
personally like to have a good foundation for a song laid out and demoed. I record demos at home and program all the instruments so everyone can hear my ideas in a band context. Then we jam the songs for a bit and make any necessary changes before finally completing a “polished demo” with tempo marks etc. Which we use as a scratch track to finally record the real song!
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-In our case, not really. We spend a long time making sure our songs are fully ready to be released to the public. We also have a few other people helping us with the marketing and publication side of things, which gives us an insight into when and how we should release our songs.
I for one feel that the change of 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 recorded music?
-It is a dying commodity at this stage, but I think artists can help to somewhat revive it by releasing quality music and engaging with audiences at a more personal level. Getting to know your fans and engaging with them is the most important thing an artist can do.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that
has gotten the most attention?
-We’ve had a decent amount of positive attention from what I’ve seen. I think one of the things that gets the most attention is our female front woman, Liana. Her voice is incredibly brutal and when you look at her, it’s hard to believe that sound is coming from her mouth!
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating
anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-For me it’s been when someone who isn’t from our home town (Tasmania, Australia) is interested in our music or has found it online somewhere. It’s cool to know someone from the other side of the planet you’ve never engaged with likes what you’re doing.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-We do feel that way. Down in Hobart we have a great music scene considering the population and niche style of music we play. Most people are encouraging and help each other out.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The live scene is a musicians bread and butter, especially in this digital age. As many tracks can be downloaded illegally, you can’t attend a gig without a ticket and paying. That live experience is the new CD, so we feel playing live is very important.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We plan on releasing our second EP this year and touring the country, so see you soon!