With a name that eminates from the butcher JEHACKTET are sure to mangle your ears. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
WILLE: Finding the name was more of a funny coincidence. A friend, called „Hellway“ and me went to the butcher to buy ground meat, which initiated the idea. In Berlin dialect we pronounce that JEHACKTET. We instantly thought: great fucking Bandname! It describes our music as a mixture of things, such as grind, brutal death, slam, thrash and other inspirations. A mixture Just like ground meat.
PEDDA: Yeah, it also represents that snotty mouthed „Berlin-Attitude“, which we stand for. I think it fits the music perfectly.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
PEDDA: I think the best way to get the full experience is a live show. It has comedic elements next to an energetic performance.
WILLE: We hope to draw more audience to our gigs and reach new people there, but due to digitalisation and an overwhelming surplus of content, shows get smaller and sometimes are hardly attended. We try to reach more people by uploading funny stuff like the video for „Mett Demon“: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc33RlZp1Lo
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
PEDDA: I think we all just want to have fun and don´t take ourselves too serious. So not everything has to sound perfect and be „over the top“. Simple arrangements and grooves, no high speed wanking. It should be somewhat danceable. Other than that, life really sucks sometimes and you want to let off steam. So being in a band, that plays extreme music, will allways be sort of a self therapy to me.
WILLE: All Bandmembers have different musical influences, let´s say crossover, rap, death metal, noise, classical music, grindcore, hardcore, all of that stuff and more.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
WILLE: We have a quite large scene in Berlin, which is mostly supportive but also competitive, which drives it further. Throughout Germany the metal network is well connected, so we allways had the opportunity to play gigs in other cities. The more people you know, the better.
PEDDA: Local scenes are definitely important, since you have to bring a lot of passion, to keep things like little metal shows on the map. There are lots of people who keep that going with very little to no money, just for the fucking fun of it. Good examples are Swamp Fest and Berlin Death Fest! I think that is very impressive and deserves lots of respect. If you are just in it for fame and money, well… you´ll probably get frustrated very soon.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
PEDDA: Very good question, hard to answer! Well yeah, sometimes you feel that… For example: The Swamp Fest I mentioned earlier books us every year. The last 3 years each, we headlined the small stage in the basement to conclude the festival, which allways was great fun. We certainly feel that we are part of that movement and we are thankful for it.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
WILLE: We had two really good artworks so far. Our friend Denny (Pighead) contacted Jon Zig and asked him if he could do a cover for us. Turned out perfect, looks like a freaking oil painting! The next one was done by our dude Robert (Violent Frustration). In this case we had new lyrics written, which we showed him, so he could make up his own mind. I think an artwork should somehow match the bands portrayal or at least the message in the lyrics. Well… flowers and bees could be brutal on a cover
PEDDA: I think the perfect album cover would be one that is very mysterious and doesn´t tell you anything about the music, so you´d really have to listen to the CD to find out. Having said that, this concept probably would not fit our band, because we are not that serious about it. See, i really do like the Jon Zig Cover, but it does not say anything about our comedic side. That is sort of a plus, since there are still surprises left. So in the end i guess you could have anything on the cover… imagine seeing the cutest and brightest cover with all the birds and bees on it and the music turns out to be super heavy and brutal. I´d be 100% entertained!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
WILLE: I think digital has allready surpassed physical, especially when it comes to music. Personally i am not a friend of that, still buying stuff at gigs and record stores. On the other side it is also a good thing, since you get lots of stuff for free. Maybe CD´s will disappear in the future but still… the real hardcore fans need something physical to collect like CD´s or Vynil.
PEDDA: I guess there are two sides to it. The good: you can discover more content, also in countries, where you could not buy CD´s of the bands you want to listen to. So musicians have the opportunity to market themselves worldwide via the internet, being indepedent from labels. And their fans get a lot of free additional content. Deciding to go fully digital also means that you save money (f.e. for pressing an album). The bad: music as a whole gets devalued. People hardly listen to full albums, instead they stream playlists. In return bands forcebly have to think about spending lots of money and time for a full album production. Seems like it doesn´t pay off very well anymore. This could lead to a situation, where musicians only release singles or video clips and prices for merch or concert tickets would rapidly rise (actually allready happening).
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
WILLE: I guess our band could play anywhere. We have played at a wedding for example. We would even play at a Gabba/Goa Festival. But usually deathmetal or grindcore shows of course.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
WILLE: Yeah, in the beginning we started it as a big party with stupid costumes and lots of confetti. Today it is still kind of funny and we do our jokes, but also the music became a bit more serious, since we all got older and wanted to deliver some message.
PEDDA: Depends on the occasion i guess, still we allways try to entertain and make it a party. But it used to be waaay crazier back then.
What would you like to see the future bring?
WILLE: Hope to stay healthy and develope our music to the point where more people know about us and appreciate what we do.
PEDDA: Agreed! Writing new stuff. We want to follow up with new music quicker this time, since we have been a little lazy in the past- Thanks for the interesting interview, great questions!