I might be totally insane but the first time I saw this band’s name my mind wandered off and ended up with Insane Clown Posse. KAOS KREW are nowhere near being as bad as that band/crew was, thankfully. Answers by Ulf Skog. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Of course, it started as a one man project by Ulf Skog with a big interest in making some industrial metal and I was joined by guitarist Göran Fellman to do some lead tracks for me and we got to know each other and got a long very well. We then got a call from drummer Zachi Ahlvik in Sweden and he asked us if we needed some drum tracks and that he was interested (former 8thSin drummer, Swedish band) and of course we were. Göran introduced me to vocalist Massi Wickman and he joined us for lead vocals and he also writes the lyrics, later on bass player Jonas Kuhlberg joined for livestuff (former MyGrain) and the latest member is Sven Wannäs on keys. This is todays lineup and it feels just right.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-To be honest the name just popped up back in early 2000, and I don’t know if it fits the band in any
particular way other than it’s a bit chaotic sometimes with all the arrangements , timetables for live
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-My personal favorites are Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and later on Clawfinger, Pain
Rammstein, KMFDM and oddly enough Evanescence. I think what inspire us today is to trying to make a better record than the last one.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Well, the CD is very difficult to get any sales for but the vinyl seems to have a comeback only
disadvantage is that it’s expensive to make. And young people seems to like the LP, read somewhere
that vinyls sold for more money than downloads in the UK for the first time.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Difficult one, but I do think music will always have listeners that wants to have a CD or Vinyl
hardware if you like , I might be wrong but that’s the impression I get from youngsters today.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Artwork is plays an important roll so the record will be noticed on the shelf and also a signal of what kind of music the record might hold.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-We try to get promotion through some professional channels like Inverse Records since they have the
contacts but also social media plays a big role and you have to do gigs so people know you exist
you can easily drown in the massive amount of music on social media channels.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-At his stage we are part of the local scene but maybe not so much nationally and
certainly not internationally, we enjoy making music and if it stays this way we’re happy with that.
Wouldn’t mind some international recognition though. Ha ha
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Since our drummer lives in Norrtälje Sweden we don’t do many gigs in a year it’s hard to get everybodys
schedules to match we are also in different stages of our lives so it takes a bit of puzzling to do live gigs.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully more live gigs, more airplay and a new record in 2018-2019 .