Despite the rather odd name, JOHN THE VOID this lot are well worth checking out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
-Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Hi guys! Basically, we’d like people to have visions, because our music is deeply inspired by visual stuff, mostly sci-fi-futuristic-dark dystopian images.
We try to express our anxieties and grief using these images as metaphors, creating alienated landscapes.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Our first attempts at picking a name was totally inconclusive, cause they didn’t reflect our mood.
Then, as it often happens, we casually found our name randomly playing with some ideas, and when “john, the void” came out we instantly felt that was the right one: it reminded us of some “lovecraftian” character, a strange man, a void man, perfect for being placed in a dystopic reality.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-The first bands that lead us to this kind of music were obviously bands like Cult of luna, isis etc…, actually we’re big fans of Amenra! Also, we
all have our personal tastes: we listen to a lot of drone, black, electronic music and even dark jazz, and we try to put together all these elements in our compositions.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-For sure we had a specific idea of what we wanted to play, but we never liked to have a lot of limits about the direction.
We only knew that we wanted to play dark, slow, heavy and sci-fi music. The name came after that, and in the future we’d like to expand our stylistic solution, using some blast beats, different chords, different arrangements.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-It’s a hard question. We think that this change could be good or bad, and it mainly depends on the curiosity of the listeners, on how much
desire they have to go deep and comprehend the whole world behind a single track, and discover the context of that track. As for us, we see our release as a single entity, divided in tracks that had their own mood but are partial frames of a full and more complex picture.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It’s a primary thing to us, due, as we said before, to the big inspiration we get from some films and futuristic imaginary.
We’d like the artworks, somehow, to be able to lead the listener to start building the alienated landscapes that he will find in our music, in the same way the visuals do in our live shows. Also, our singer is a graphic designer, so the matter becomes very momentous haha!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Surely social networks have deeply changed the approach on the promotion: in some way you can bring your music to people that you couldn’t usually reach, especially people from other countries; on the other hand, the same people you reach are already saturated from other 100.000 bands and stuff, so most of them may have a distracted approach to your product.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Not always, even because we don’t particularly like to be a part of a specific scene. Often we find a lot of appearance in the “scenes” here, we see some bands that play everywhere every month just because they’re friends of a friend, and a lot of cool bands are left out just because they’re not part of that elitist circle, so we prefer doing our stuff by ourselves and with the people and the bands that we truly respect, that became our friends sharing the stage with us.
We must say that there are also a lot of genuine people out there that are struggling everyday to let bands play with no distinction between what is “cool for the scene” and what’s not!
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-For sure, the live situations are always the best to spread our music, especially for the music we made. We must say that we prefer playing less-but-more-intense gigs, even cause we all have jobs and we have just few places to play here, but we’d like to play more outside our country, to share our music with different people and situations, and see how they react.
What will the future bring?
-First we hope a lot of cool gigs to promote the album! We hope to meet inspiring bands and inspiring people to play and talk with.
We are already working on some new stuff, in quite a different direction, so we hope to make some new cool music! Cheers!