Iceland are not only good at sports. They are also marvelous at music. KATLA is a fine example of that. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
– I needed a new creative outlet in 2015 because of reasons haha. I guess most people familiar with Katla. know that story already. So I contacted Einar and our friend Atli Jarl, who unfortunately did not have time to participate directly in the band.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It’s not hard at all because we don’t even try. We just play what comes to us, there’s really no other way for us to play or write.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s a lot of work, but it doesn’t feel like work when you’re having fun.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally.
But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-That seems to be where the music industry is heading, or at least the mainstream. I’m very much an album kinda guy, I don’t put on just one song. How you construct an album is just as important to me as how you construct a song, it can’t be random. I want an opening and a closing and each song has to resonate with the song before and after, or create tention and release.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I don’t think it will kill it, but it sure is changing. Young kids don’t understands the concept of an album like I just decribed, and with the artwork and photos and all that. To us that’s an important part of the whole package.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We’ve had an overwhelmingly good response. The „worst“ review I’ve seen was a 7,5/10. We were pleasently surprised by that.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-the internet has made the world small. I think it is a positive progression. Fans of music can interact directly with bands and even band members. The age of rockstars being some kind of untouchable demigods in the sky is gone. And getting emails/messages from fans from far away is always amazing to me, be it Iran, Malaysia, Chile, Denmark etc… it’s amazing to see how far our music can travel and how music binds people together.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community?
What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-No not for me really, at least not directly, as in I don’t feel like a part of a scene. But like I say it strenghtens the feeling of brother/sisterhood being able to connect with people from all over the world because of a common interest.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We haven’t played live with Katla., and aren’t planning on doing so, at least not any time soon. But yes playing live in a big part of growing your fanbase. It’s also impossible to live off of music if you don’t play live (to sell merchandise).
What plans do you have for the future?
-Making more music. Other than that we have no solid plans.