With a name like INJECTOR you have pretty much raked the path for what you play. Answers by Dani MVN (vocalist and guitarist). Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Choosing a name for your band is a difficult task for sure. It’s something that will be a part of you for the rest of your life and you have to be sure that word defines you and what you are doing correctly. Injector has two different meanings for us. First, the obvious one is the adrenaline injection the music is to us. Every time we pick up our instruments and play, something clicks in our heads. It’s what makes us happy.
Then comes the second meaning… and that’s the story we’re trying to tell through our lyrics, music and artwork. The Injector is the punishment we all deserve as humans, brought by the nature to keep the balance on Earth. We have our little story going on in the albums!
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-As a musician, there’s a time when playing on your own is just not enough. You need to explore the world, live the music… I really can’t understand someone confining the art. I respect that, for sure, but I just can’t understand why.
Playing in a band is the definitive form of expressing our music. There’s no feeling like standing on the stage playing your music and seeing the people loving and enjoying it. It’s just a priceless feeling.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-I guess almost all of it comes from years and years of listening to music… “You are what you eat”, as they say. For the most part I don’t think about it as a logical process, at least when you conceive an idea. It just comes at you. You’re playing, improvising or whatever, and the music flows. Once you come up with something good, starts that logical process I talked about before. You work around that idea and try to improve it, but essentially all comes from your gut.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-It sure does. Every time you play in a show people are spending their time and money to see you up there because they like what you do. You are a part of an art discipline and there will always be a part of you remaining in this world, and that’s a big reason to feel like that!
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-The visual aspect for a band is very, very important. It has a big impact on anyone who’s seeing you live, or even in a Youtube video. We all know a good album cover will get more attention, and almost everyone will listen to the good looking album first, despite the music that’s inside. That’s how the world works, for better or worse, and we really need to pay attention to those things.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Lyrics are a big part on any of our songs. I really enjoy the process of making them, and the fact that you have to be able to tell a story with so little words fascinates me. It’s a challenge I will always want to accept.
When it comes to what influence me the most… well, I like to explore my thoughts from a very abstract perspective. I guess my lyrics are often not the most obvious ones, but I feel comfortable writing about how I feel that way… it’s like a healing process to me. I also tend to express my thoughts and feelings from a science fiction point of view. That’s something I have always loved.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-It’s nowhere near as relevant as it was before. Right now, I think releasing an album is more of a romantic gesture than anything else. It’s really nice seeing all your work put together as it was conceived… as an entire piece of art. But the music industry does not work like that anymore. You just go the internet and click on a song, and that’s the product the vast majority is looking for nowadays. We live in a wild consumer society who wants everything from everyone, but fast and free, something easy to digest as an excuse to devour more and more.
Bad times for music I guess, but at least more and more people can share their work with just one click. This could lead to an oversaturated market, but hey, who knows!
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I honestly think the physical media will disappear. Album sales are getting worse, and the revenue the artist (and the people behind him) is receiving comes from other ways. Digital format is the future, and sooner or later we will have to accept it. Time passes by and some things just have to change.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-The touring and the shows means almost everything to us. All the music we create and release is meant to be played live, and that’s our main focus. We absolutely love the live experience and that’s what makes us keep on going. We unleash all of our emotions in the shows, not keeping anything repressed. Just pure music and emotion mixed together.
What lies in the future?
-Our new album Stone Prevails is scheduled May 25 via Art Gates Records, and we are really excited about it. We’ve put so many hours into this album and we can’t wait to have the final product in our hands! The tour will be starting soon, and we have really good plans about it!
It’s been a pleasure talking to you guys. Greetings from INJECTOR, and long live rock’n’roll!