I was intrigued by the band name the first time I saw it. LASER DRACUL sounded so cool that I had to interview them no matter what they sounded like. So here is the interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play? Or did you start as a group of friends playing together and then having a sound grow from that?
-Yes, we had a basic picture of what we wanted to do and how we wanted sound. We have played together before but that is a different ballgame altogether.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What part of the 70s/80s have you incorporated into your music? What inspires you of today’s music?
-I would like to think that we sound the way that we sound because of us, not because of a premeditated plan to copy this or the other. But on the other hand, I hope that we can perhaps capture a bit of the same energy or “atmosphere” of the production of bands from yesteryears.
I use a drum kit made in the 70’s because of this reason. They sound a certain way!
There are some contemporary bands worth noticing but on the whole, most music from the 60’s and 70’s was just.. better. And who wouldn’t prefer the original before the copy?
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What has a band to have to be a good name? How much does it have to fit the music?
-We went through a couple of different ideas for a name over the course of our first months, can’t remember them.
Is it for me to say what a good name is? Personally I wouldn’t be caught dead in a band with a misogynyst or otherwise degrading name or lyrical contents, like “whore cunt slut murder” or what have you. I’m not into that sort of thing. There are more clever ways to mediate darkness.
I can’t say how a bands name has to fit in with the music. Everybody has their own vision.
The Swedish music wonder has been going ever since ABBA in 1974. Does it open doors abroad being Swedish? Does the legacy of yester help you today in making it easier to spread your music?
-Are people more open to give you a chance because you are Swedish?
Well, maybe people expect a certain standard or sound from Swedish bands, because of all the influential artists that have come from Sweden? It’s a plausible idea. It’s not something that I have felt the need to emphasise to get ahead, though.
I fear 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?
-Tough question. I don’t think single tracks would ever work for people who are into rock/metal/extreme music. Quite possibly for the radio mainstream market, when all that matters is a fat beat or an easy, memorable chorus. But for people to whom music matters more than that, no. I use Spotify to discover music. If I like it enough, I buy the record.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Of course artwork matters to convey the artistic vision. That’s a universal fact, regardless of genre. Just make artwork that you yourself think looks good and like-minded people will like it too. That’s how it works, isn’t it?
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-It has. We aren’t backwards enough to only make cassettes and print Xeroxed flyers. Facebook and YouTube works faster. I don’t see anything wrong with that.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I haven’t really thought of it that way. The thing that matters is to make good music that we can be proud of.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We aren’t. We enjoy playing live but there are jobs, families and everyday reality to attend to. I suppose touring is a vital part of spreading your name although things have obviously worked out anyway for some without it.
What will the future bring?
-War, plague, famine and death. World collapse, the end of humankind. We will be playing and putting out tunes (in bunches, not single tracks) as long as we can and feel that it’s relevant.