INSANE

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to INSANE . Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
– I don’t really know. Sometimes people ask us about the future and about a new album, so maybe there are some interested maniacs out there.

Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
– I think it’s natural to follow up EVIL. But we wrote that album for a long time ago so I guess the new album will sound a bit different since we have developed as a band and song writers. Some of the songs on EVIL were written and performed live for the first time when we were 14 years old. I would not say that continuity is as important as writing and playing what feels right in the moment. With that said, we are the same band with pretty much the same people since we wrote all of the songs on EVIL. As I said, it will probably be a natural successor

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
– No not really. I think we have a pretty clear idea of what the band is about and what we want to sound like. We all have different musical preferences but what we do in Insane is pretty clear. It does not mean that we agree on every single riff or drumroll but we usually share the big picture and we combine all influences from every member as much as we possible can to create something interesting

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
– It is important. But I guess Erik and Gustaf who write most of the songs both are much more into the musical part of the songwriting. We try to write songs that can mean something. Early it was much more about darkness, with Satan and all that. Nowadays we more write songs about old crimes and victims, influenced by the world we live in.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
– It is important. We have always worked with Joel Sundin since he made the artwork and layout for our demo Hollow Death in 2012. He always gives us amazing designs. We really like his style and he is a great guy. The work he did for EVIL is fantastic. I think he knows what we want and he also knows our music which makes the art and music “connected”.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
– We think it is great to have a label who can back us up financially when we release something. We can do everything by ourselves, but we would loose a lot of great contacts with labels and record stores which our label distribute the record to. – I think it is good that there is a lot of different ways to consume music. Personally I prefer physical releases but I do not think we loose anything by letting people listen to our music on different platforms

I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
– Yeah your probably right. I do not really know. Since we were really young we have been inspired and interested in old records, both LPs and CDs. When we started the band it was natural for us to set up goals for first of all releasing physical releases so we never thought that much about the digital world. We have released some of the stuff officially on the internet and some stuff has been uploaded by fans. I guess it is how it is. Hopefully people can find us in some way and appreciate our music. We will continue releasing in those formats we think are the most interesting and inspiring formats regardless of what is financially profitable. Personally I think it is better nowadays when people listen to their music legally on for example Spotify, than for 10-15 years ago when people illegally downloaded their music. Today, the bands/musicians at least have a say.

Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
– I do not know. Maybe some countries are more “famous” and typical metal but I guess the underground fans does not care about borders in that sense.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
– We do not actually think about it that much. I mean it is sad in one way, but honestly the most important thing is the music, not in which format you listen to it. I guess we will find our ways of consume music in the future to be cool and interesting as well. Every industry will face challenges over the years to come and I think streaming services are pretty much the best medicine against downloading.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
– We do not actually think about it that much. I mean it is sad in one way, but honestly the most important thing is the music, not in which format you listen to it. I guess we will find our ways of consume music in the future to be cool and interesting as well. Every industry will face challenges over the years to come and I think streaming services are pretty much the best medicine against downloading. Apparently people do not want to buy physical formats as much as before, so there is no idea in trying to make them do that. As long as people care about music it does not matter how they listen to it.

What does the future hold for you?
– We are doing some shows during 2019 and celebrating 10 years as a band this fall. Other than that, we have started to work on our next album. I guess we will try to finish it this year.

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