KILL EVERYTHING. Interview completed by Mike Majewski (vocalist) Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Basically to create a no nonsense, straight forward, brutally heavy musical experience that you could release some stress to.
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 challenging enough these days because there are so many bands coming out in this style. I think something that will separate us will be the fact that all of the members of this band are experienced and have been in bands for a long time. The experience and passion for the music shows on our album and our live performance I think.
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 takes time and practice to come up with solid ideas and arrangements. For us the process is stuff written on guitar, then to drums, and bass. Good ideas are put together and eventually we have a full song. Then it comes to me to write and arrange lyrics.
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?
-Yeah, there’s positives to be able to do that. Like being able to track songs so you can tweak them, or prepare for the actual album recording process. For us we only do that as sort of a demo, we will only release something if it’s done professionally.
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 prefer the old days, buying tapes and CD’s. If it’s an album I really want, I’m buying the CD. I like having the physical copy, seeing the layout, reading the lyrics and thanks lists, it’s all part of the experience. It’s better that way, more rewarding and personal. The direction it is going, sadly is all digital. There will always be collectors who want to have the physical copy though, especially in metal.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-The response has been great so far. People kind of knew what to expect because of who is in this band and it’s looking like we are giving them what they wanted. I think it’s refreshing to a lot of people into this music that we are a bit of a throwback to earlier slam and brutal metal of the late 90’s and 2000’s. One thing that has gotten some attention is my vocal approach. I wanted to take a different approach to what I did in the past, and channel my vocal idols, Ross Dolan from Immolation and Cannibal Corpse era Chris Barnes. I thought that approach to this style of music would set it apart from similar bands. It’s going over well, for the most part.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Just to be able to talk to people all over the world is cool enough. It really does bring like-minded people together because eventually there is a good chance to meet them at a show. It seems I’ve been talking to a lot of people from Canada a lot lately, which is great. Good people there.
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?
-Yeah for sure, especially brutal metal. There is a huge global community for it and you really see familiar faces all over the world, from all over. I’ve definitely made a lot of friends I would have never met if it wasn’t for music.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Yeah it’s essential. I feel like a band has to be able to duplicate what is on their albums live. If not then it’s probably over produced, right? What’s the point? On Scorched Earth we all took the approach of doing as few takes as possible recording our tracks. That way our live show sounds very close to the record.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Well the album releases August 17th. We are gonna try to play a lot of shows. Sadly full touring probably isn’t in the cards for us, but we also plan on writing new songs. We don’t want to wait years to get the next album out. We want to keep this train going.