INFINITUS MORTUS

New Jersey might be the joke on the other side of the Hudson but trust me when I say that INFINITUS MORTUS is no laughing matter. Check out this interview and then go out and discover the music. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

Is there a greater concept behind Infinitus Mortis? What with a lyricist and all.
-WELL ONCE I DISCOVERED SYMPHONIC METAL/FEMALE FRONTED METAL/ AND EURO METAL I HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK.I HAVEN’T LISTENED TO AN AMERICAN BAND IN YEARS. I GREW UP IN THE 90S RIGHT WHEN MUSIC JUST TOOK A DOWNFALL IN AMERICA AT LEAST. I GREW UP WHEN THIS POP CULTURE/ RAP ROCK/ GETTO/ GANGSTER RAP STARTED TAKING STAGE. I DON’T WANT TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE IM PUTTING ANY KIND OF GENRE OF MUSIC DOWN. AS A MUSICIAN I CAN PLAY ANYTHING, EVEN THOUGH METAL IS MY SPECIALTY I CAN PLAY FUNK, LATIN, HIP HOP, FUSION, ETC ETC. ALSO AS A MUSIC TEACHER I TEACH ALL STYLES OF MUSIC. BUT TO BE HONEST I AM JUST SOOOOOOO SICK OF OVER PRODUCED OVER SIMPLIFIED MUSIC WHERE THEY PLAY NOTHING MORE COMPLEX THEN A 8TH NOTE. DRUM BEAT IS OVER SIMPLIFIED ALL THE WORK IS FOCUSED ON GUITAR AND VOCALS AND HOW THE SONG WILL BE SUNG. NOW WITH ALL THIS ELECTRONICA STYLE COMING IN PEOPLE DON;T EVEN PLAY INSTRUMENTS ON ALBUMS ANYMORE. COME ON MAN!!!! I LOVE COMPLEXITY IN MUSIC I LOVE HEARING ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF RHYTHMS AND COUNTER MELODIES SOMETHING THAT IS WELL THOUGHT OUT AND WELL WRITTEN. SO IN INFINITUS MORTUS I DID THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY I MADE MY RHYTHMS SLIGHTLY MORE COMPLEX AND SIMPLIFIED MY MELODIES JUST A TINY BIT BUT I ALSO LEAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR A VOCALIST TO SING OVER, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY FINDING THAT PERFECT MEDIUM BETWEEN WRITING MUSIC THATS COMPLEX BUT NOT TOO COMPLEX THAT THE AVERAGE PERSON CANNOT UNDERSTAND IT. COMPLEX ENOUGH WHERE MUSICIANS CAN APPRECIATE IT AND UNDERSTAND IT BUT SIMPLE ENOUGH TO WHERE THE AVERAGE PERSON CAN UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE IT. ALSO I BELIEVE AMERICAN MSUIC HAS LOST TOUCH WITH OUR MODES AND CLASSICAL INFLUENCES. WHY IS IT YOU NEVER HEAR MUCH OF STRINGS OR KEYS IN MUSIC ANYMORE?? WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?? THAT IS WHAT I HOPE TO BRING BACK INTO MUSIC. WELL THOUGHT OUT MEANINGFUL INTELLIGENT MUSIC THAT ACTUALLY TAKES TALENT TO PLAY.

Looking in the booklet you notice that there are two vocalists. What kind of range does that give to the music? What was the idea behind that?
-YES!! EVERY ALBUM I LIKE TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. IN MY FIRST ALBUM I HAD A SINGER WHO WAS VERY OPERA INFLUENCED SHE WAS A DIE HARD TARJA FAN AND THERE WAS ALOT OF TARJAS STYLE IN HER SINGING. SHE WENT OFF TO GO DO HER OWN SOLO PROJECT SO FOR THIS ALBUM I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING JUST A MALE SINGER SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF ((VORTEX BASS PLAYER/CLEAN VOICE FOR DIMMU WHEN HE WAS STILL IN THE BAND)) I REALLY LIKE HIS STYLE OF SINGING. AT THE TIME I WAS LOOKING FOR A SINGER FOR INFINITUS MORTUS I WAS IN A JAM BAND WITH THE MALE VOCALIST VJ, BUT IN THE BAND HE WAS PLAYING BASS. I TOLD HIM ONE DAY I WAS GONNA PUT OUT AN AD ON FACEBOOK THAT I WAS LOOKING FOR A SINGER AND THAT DAY HE TOLD ME THAT HE CAN SING AND HIS SISTER IS AN EXCELLENT SINGER AND SHE ACTUALLY ONE FIRST PLACE IN A SINGING CONTEST THE PREVIOUS YEAR. BUT HE SAID SHE SINGS IN A DIFFERENT STYLE SHE HAS MORE OF A POP/COUNTRY VOICE. I WAS WIERY AT FIRST SO I SAID OK LETS DO THIS COME IN FOR AN AUDITION, LEARN THE VOCAL PARTS FOR 1 OR 2 OF THE SONGS OFF THE FIRST ALBUM ((2012)) AND WE’LL GO FROM THERE. I ALSO SAID THIS WHEN YOU TALK TO YOUR SISTER ASK HER NOT TO SING SOO MUCH IN THAT POPISH STYLE. SO WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE AUDITION A WEEK LATER, THEY BLEW ME AWAY!!!!! I COULDN’T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS HEARING WITHIN THOSE FIRST FEW SECONDS INTO THE SONG I KNEW I THEY WHERE GONNA BE MY NEW SINGERS. THERES JUST SOMETHING ABOUT WHEN THEY COME TOGETHER AND SING THE TONES OF THEIR VOICES ARE SOO IN SYNC THEY BOTH COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER. I LOVE HAVING BOTH MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS IT ADDS SOO MUCH MORE TO THE MUSIC. EVEN THOUGH VJ PLAYS MORE OF A SUPPORTING ROLE AS A VOCALIST, BUT THE 2 OF THEM TOGETHER ARE GREAT!!!!! I HAD PEOPLE TELL ME IT REMINDED THEM OF THE 2 SINGERS FROM LACUNA COIL. I HAVE ALSO BEEN TOLD THAT VJ’S SINGING REMINDS PEOPLE OF KAMELOT. WHEN PHIL WROTE UP THE ALBUM REVIEW FROM RAVENHEART MUSIC HE HAD COMPARED VJ TO MARK JENSON. HE SAID THAT IS WHAT MARK JENSON WOULD SOUND LIKE IF HE HAD CLEAN VOCALS. AND HE HAD ALSO COMPARED US TO ANGTORIA.

Do you focus on a specific ambiance when you write music and lyrics or do you take things as they come?
-MOST OF MY IDEAS COME FROM PUTTING TOGETHER CERTAIN RYTHMS AND POLY-RYTHMS OF DRUMS, BUT ALSO ALOT OF MY IDEAS COME FROM CERTAIN RIFFS AND MELODIES I COME UP WITH AND WRITE ON KEYS. NOW ITS VERY HARD TO WRITE THIS STYLE OF MUSIC WITHOUT BEING TO ABLE TO LISTEN TO PART AS YOU WRITE. SO AS A GUIDEI USE GARAGEBAND, THERES SOO MANY THINGS I CAN DO I CAN NOTATE DRUMS,KEYS, RECORD GUITAR IN. ETC ETC WHEN I AM WORKING ON A SONG I AM ALWAYS IN GARAGEBAND WRITING IT OT STRUCTURING IT. FOR THIS LATEST ALBUM WE DID THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY WE USED A PROGRAM CALLED EAST/WEST INSTRUMENTS ITS A VERY EXPENSIVE INSTRUMENT PROGRAM THAT YOU CAN BUY YOU INSTALL IT ON YOUR COMPUTER YOU HOOK A KEYBOARD OR ((MIDI CONTROLLER)) INTO THE COMPUTER AND BY USING THIS PROGRAM YOU CAN GET JUST ABOUT ANY SOUND,SNYTH FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. FROM CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTS, CHIORS, ETHNIC INSTRUMENTS, ANCIENT INSTRUMENTS ETC ETC. AND THE INSTRUMENTS SOUND SOOOOO REAL. NOW UNFORTUNATELY MY TALENTS ONLY LIMIT ME TO MUSIC. WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING WORDS, LYRICS, OR A MELODY TO SING, THAT IS OUT OF MY HANDS, THUS THE REASON WHY I HAVE PEOPLE HELPING ME, SINGING FOR ME AND HELPING WRITING LYRICS. THE BEAUTY OF USING GARAGEBAND TO WRITE A SONG IS YOU CHOOSE THE TEMPO, YOU MAP IT OUT ITS ALL IN BLACK AND WHITE AND IT MAKES THE RECORDING PROCESS MUCH MUCH EASIER. EVERYTHING IS ALREADY MAPPED OUT ALL PARTS ARE WRITTEN. NOW ALOT OF MUSICIANS HAVE ARGUED WITH ME AND DISAGREED WITH ME IN THE PAST ABOUT HOW I WRITE MY MUSIC. BUT FOR THE STYLE OF MUSIC I WRITE AND PLAY WHICH IS SYMPHONIC METAL, THAT IS WHAT IT IS IS, ITS MECHANICAL, MATHEMATICAL MUSIC.

How important is it that you look the part you portray? What role does the dress up play in the concept of the band?
-LOOK IS IMPORTANT IN A BAND BUT NOT ESSENTIAL. IN MUSIC I WOULD NEVER SACRIFICE SOUND FOR LOOKS. IF I HAD TO CHOOSE I WOULD RATHER SOUND GOOD THEN LOOK GOOD. NOW OF COURSE ON STAGE AND AT SHOWS YOU WANT TO LOOK PROFESSIONAL I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THAT. IT LOOKS GOOD AS A WHOLE BUT I THINK ALOT OF BANDS TODAY KINDA OVER DO IT WITH THE WHOLE “IMAGE” THING. I DO NOT MEAN TO KEEP PICKING ON POP MUSIC AND CULTURE BUT I HONESTLY SEE IT ALOT THERE. THEY HAVE A GREAT COOL OR SCARY LOOK FITS THE IMAGE GOOD BUT LISTEN TO THEIR VOICE AND THEIR MUSIC ITS JUST O.K. NOTHING I HAVEN’T HEARD BEFORE. IF THATS THE CASE THEN GO BE A MODEL. DO NOT BE A MUSICIAN THE WHOLE POINT OF GOING ON STAGE IS SHOWING YOUR MUSICAL TALENT NOT HOW HOT YOU LOOK. ITS ACTUALLY KINDA FUNNY EVERYONE HAS MADE FUN OF ME FOR THIS IN THE PAST THEY ALWAYS ASK ME IF I HAVE ANY TATTOOS. AND I SAY TO THEM NO I DON’T. AND THEY SAY “DUDE YOU LIKE METAL WHAT KIND OF ROCK/METAL PERSON DOSENT HAVE TATTOOS”” AND I TELL THEM THIS ANY EXTRA MONEY I GET GOES TO MY MUSIC, DRUMS, GUITAR, MUSIC EQUIPMENT, OR RECORDING SESSIONS. LOL I MAY NOT HAVE AN ARM SLEEVE OF TATTOOS OR ANYTHING. BUT I GOT A VERY GOOD DRUM SET WITH THE BEST PEDALS DRUM HEADS, A GREAT SOUNDING 7 STRING GUITAR WHICH WAS USED OF BOTH ALBUMS. AND SOME GREAT RECORDING PROGRAM

I don’t know how many student movies I’ve watched about Vampires in my days. What is it that is so cool and romantic with the idea of there being undead persons roaming our streets? And why is vampirism so much an American thing these days?
-WELL THE NEW ALBUM HAS THAT WHOLE OLD ROMANTIC KIND OF VIBE AND SOUND. BUT MY ALBUM THEME AND CONCEPT HAS MORE TO DO WITH LOVE AND NOT SOO MUCH VAMPIRES. VAMPIRES HAS GOTTEN A BIT COMMERCIAL LATELY. A RECENT TV SHOW (((TRUE BLOOD)))) AND A FEW NOVELS ((TWILIGHT)) HAS MADE VAMPIRES MUCH MORE COMMERCIAL. ME ALSO BEING A FAN OF HORROR MOVIES I LIKE MY SHARE OF VA MPIRE MOVIES. BUT UMM NOTHING THATS OUT TODAY. I LIKE ALL THE OLD MOVIES. INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, BRAM STROKERS DRACULA, ETC ETC.. NOW WHAT I CANNOT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND IS HOW ONE GOES FROM DRACULA THIS LEGEND STARTED IN ROMANIA WHERE HE WOULD EAT THE FLESH OF HIS ENEMIES AND DRINK THEIR BLOOD AND BECOMES THIS DARK AND BRUTAL MONSTER CURSED ONLY TO WALK IN THE NIGHT, TOO A KID THATS BEEN 17 YEARS OLD FOR 200 YEARS WHO LUSTS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS AND SPARKLES LIKE DIAMONDS IN THE DAY TIME?? AND WHAT CONFUSES ME MORE IS ALL THESE GIRLS YOUNG AND OLD ARE BUYING INTO IT. HOW DOES A CLASSIC LEGEND OF DRACULA AND VAMPIRES GET TWISTED INTO THAT??? JUST THINK ABOUT HOW THIS SOUNDS FOR A MINUTE …. A 200 YEAR OLD GUY IN A 17 YEAR OLD KIDS BODY GOING AFTER A YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL GIRL BECAUSE SHE “SMELLS GOOD” CREEPY!!!!!!!! DRACULA IS VERY OLD YES. CENTURIES OLD YES BUT AT LEAST HE WENT AFTER A WOMAN AND NOT A LITTLE GIRL. THERES A SAYING (( THE OLD WAYS ARE THE BEST WAYS)))

How much of a social comment is Infinitus Mortus? How much do you reflect the times we live in?
-THE FIRST 2 ALBUMS WHERE CONCEPT ALBUMS, THE FIRST ALBUM ((2012)) WAS BASED ABOUT MAYAN PROPHECY AND THEORIES ABOUT THE END OF OF THE WORLD. I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE A GREAT THING TO DO BECAUSE NO ARTIST HAS DONE A CONCEPT ALBUM ON THAT YET AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD REALLY TURN HEADS, SINCE AT THE TIME WE WHERE COMING CLOSE TO THAT YEAR. THIS NEW ALBUM IS A CONCEPT ALBUM TITLED ((THE CONSPIRACY OF LOVE)) THIS ALBUM FOCUSES ON RELATIONSHIPS TODAY AND HOW OUR SOCIETY CONCEIVES ON WHAT LOVE IS. AND I THINK THAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED ESPECIALLY IN THIS GENERATION. I BELIEVE ITS THE WORST IT HAS EVER BEEN. NO ONE GETS ALONG ANYMORE 90% OF MARRIAGES FAIL, DIVORCE RATES ARE AT THEIR HIGHEST. SO EACH SONG ON THE ALBUM LOOKS AT A DIFFERENT SCENARIO IN A RELATIONSHIP. REALY GOOD GIRLS WHO HAVE REALY BAD HUSBANDS AND BOYFRIENDS AND THEY GET ABUSED, GIRLS WHO USE SEX TO TRAP GUYS WITH KIDS FOR MONEY OR BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM, MEN AND WOMEN WHO ONLY DATE SOMEONE OR “LOVE” SOME ONE BECAUSE OF HOW THEY LOOK, DRESS, HOW MUCH MONEY THEY MAKE, IM SURE YOU GET THE IDEA. AND THE WAY THIS SOCIETY PORTRAYS “LOVE” IS FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD F U C K I N G!!!! S I C KE N I N G!!! ((( EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE))) WHATS HAPPENED IS IT BECAME WHAT LOOKS GOOD ON PAPER. TAKE MARRIAGE FOR EX. SOMETHING THAT IS SACRED BETWEEN 2 PEOPLE HAS BEEN EXTREMELY CORRUPTED. WHY DO WE MARRY THESE DAYS??? BENEFITS, HEALTHCARE, BIG DIAMOND RING, BIG HOUSE, FINANCIAL SECURITY, AND WE CALL IT “LOVE” IF THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL LOVE THEN I DO NOT BELIEVE IN IT. I REFUSE. AND THAT IS WHAT THE CONSPIRACY OF LOVE STANDS FOR. I REFUSE TO GO ALONG WITH THIS CRAP SOCIETY IS CRAMMING DOWN OUR THROATS. GROWING UP THEY WHRE CRAMMING THIS CRAP DOWN MY THROAT ((( FOLLOWING A PROGRAM)))) GO TO SCHOOL, GO TO COLLAGE, GRADUATE, GET A GOOD JOB, FIND SOME ONE, GET MARRIED SETTLE DOWN, HAVE KIDS. I JUST…. I COULDN’T DO IT. COULDN’T DO IT!!!! I REFUSE TO FOLLOW A PROGRAM. YOU GOT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE THE WAY IT MAKES SENSE FOR YOU!!!!! NOT WHAT THIS GENERATION SAYS IS THE “NORM”

Is New Jersey really as dull a place as it is described? I get a feeling that it would be a perfect setting for a vampire novel?
-WELL LATELY NJ HAS BEEN GETTING ALOT OF EXPOSURE THE RECENT SHOW ON MTV, CERTAIN ACTORS AND MUSICIANS ARE FROM HERE, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ZAKK WYLDE, ETC ETC. THERE ARE SOME NICE PLACES TO GO AND VISIT, BUT NJ KINDA HAS A BAD REPUTATION BECAUSE OF THAT SHOW, ALL THEY SHOWED WAS A BUNCH OF PEOPLE GOING TO CLUBS AND PARTING AND LIVING IN A BEACH HOUSE. I AM GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT SEASIDE NJ. I LIVE WITHIN 45 MINUTES FROM THERE I GREW UP THERE AS A KID EVERY YEAR I WOULD GO THERE ON VACATION WITH MY FAMILY. AND YOU ASK ANYONE FROM NJ THEY WILL HAVE A SIMLAR STORY. IF NOT SEASIDE THERES A PLACE CALLED POINT PLESANT WHICH HAS A BOARDWALK AND EVERYTHING ITS A REALLY NICE PLACE TO VISIT AND EAT ALONG WITH A BUNCH OF OTHER PLACES. BUT BECAUSE OF THAT SHOW WHEN EVERYONE THINKS OF NJ THEY ARE GONNA RELATE US TO THAT. AND ITS NOT TRUE WE ARE NOT ALL LIKE THAT. WHAT THE NJ SHORE IS REALLY ABOUT IS FAMILY AND FOOD, THE BEACH, BOARDWALK. NOT ONCE ON THAT SHOW HAVE THEY SHOWED ANY OF THE FOOD STANDS THAT MAKE THE GREATEST TASTING FOOD, PIZZA, CHEESE STAKE. ETC. AS FAR AS NJ BEING A PERFECT PLACE FOR A VAMPIRE NOVEL??? NO WAY !!!!! ONE THING I HATE ABOUT THIS SOCIETY WE ALWAYS TRY TO MODERNIZE LEGENDS, THE VAMPIRE LEGENDS AND STORIES SHOULD STAY IN EUROPE FROM WHICH THEY WHERE BORN.

With an album out how do you promote it? Is it only by interviews or do you have plans for something more?
-WELL WITH HOW THE INTERNET THESE DAYS IT MAKES THINGS ALOT EASIER TO PROMOTE. AND THIS WORKS REALLY GOOD IN MY FAVOR SINCE THE MUSIC I WRITE AND PLAY SELLS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. THE INTERNET MAKES THINGS ALOT EASIER TO PROMOTE. THE BEST THING I DID WAS MAKE CONTACT WITH DAVE SMITH OF RAVENHEART. ITS A REALLY GOOD THING WHAT HES DOING FOR BANDS. YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA HOW LUCKY YOU ARE OVER IN EUROPE. WE SURE HAS HELL DO NOT HAVE THAT HERE. USA DOES NOT SUPPORT ARTISTS. ANOTHER GREAT MOVE IS GETTING ON TIUNES. ANYONE IN THE WORLD CAN DOWNLOAD YOUR MUSIC FROM ITUNES. ITS A GREAT WAY TO GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE. NOW THE CONTRACT WE HAD SIGNED WITH DAVE WAS A DISTRIBUTION DEAL, MEANING PHYSICAL COPIES OF THE INFINITUS ALBUM WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH EUROPE AND REST OF THE WORLD. NOW THE REASON WE SIGNED JUST A DISTRIBUTION CONTRACT WAS TO SEE HOW THE ALBUM WILL DO OVER THERE. IF THE ALBUM REALLY TAKES OFF THEN WE WILL BE COMING TO EUROPE TO PLAY SOME SHOWS.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene? How important is social interaction in this computer age we live in?
-LET ME EXPLAIN SOMETHING. THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF SYMPHONIC METAL. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. I CAN USE JUST ABOUT ANY INFLUENCE I WANT TO WRITE MY MUSIC. I CAN HAVE A EXTREMELY HEAVY BLACK/DEATH METAL INFLUENCE, I CAN HAVE A GOTHIC ROCK KIND OF STYLE, I CAN THROW IN STYLES THAT ARE VERY NORDIC OR CELTIC SOUNDING, EVEN ETHNIC SOUNDING. OR I CAN DO SONGS THAT JUST CONSIST OF PIANO AND VIOLIN AND IT WOULD STILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER SYMPHONIC METAL. I CAN;’T REALLY DO THAT WITH ANY OTHER STYLE OF MUSIC. WELL TECHNICALLY YOU CAN IF YOU REALLY WANTED BUT THE QUESTION IS WOULD IT SOUND GOOD?? YES AS I SAID IN QUESTION 8 THE INTERNET MAKES THINGS ALOT EASIER SINCE MY CROWD IS HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD SO ITS MUCH EASIER PROMOTING THERE OR FINDING ADDRESSES AND SENDING MUSIC OVER THERE USING ITUNES AND YOUTUBE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.

Where do you intend to take this in 2013?
-AS OF RIGHT NOW WE ARE MAKING PLANS TO PLAY A FEW LOCAL METAL SHOWS AROUND NJ. STILL GOT LOTS OF WORK TO DO. WE ARE VERY MUCH LOOKING FOWARD TO WORKING WITH DAVE OVER IN ENGLAND REGARDING THE ALBUM, CAN’T WANT TO SEE THE RELEASE OF THE ALBUM AND HOW ITS GONNA DO. SO WE ARE SITTING HERE WITH OUR FINGERS CROSSED. WE WILL DEF BE DOING A 3RD ALBUM IN THE FUTURE BUT THAT IS WAY WAY DOWN THE LINE POSSIBLY 2014.

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