Algerian metal is not the most featured thing in my collection but when it is as good as LELAHELL there is no reason to avoid it. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-The band name is the main direction of the band, and the musical color so when you form your band you have to choose the right name that represents the music and the main concept of the lyrics.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-In general in record in my own studio here in Algiers, so I can take all the time to finish the recording properly, and when it is finished I fell very accomplished because I always put all what’s going on in my guts!
About anxiety and stress is something really common for every musician just before releasing an album because we have put so many efforts on it!
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-Most of times I record my stuffs on my own studio, so I can work properly without time pressure. So when I get the inspiration I plug and record some riffs that will be arranged and will add other instruments.
Those moments are really particular because you retranscribe something that is coming from you deepest soul into music!
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Yeah I agree, there are so many tools that you can use to promote yourself rather than Labels. The best are the social medias: Facebook, twitter, and some bands use PR services (but I don’t like that much because there are many agencies that ask for money and do nothing), Video clips which is the best tool today in this new music era!
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-I think that it is okay to be categorized in one of those metal subgenres like: Death Metal , Black Metal, Symphonic Metal, Because they are different and each sub-genre has its own codes. But sometimes there are some Medias that put subgenres of subgenres like for example symphonic black atmospheric dark metal lol! Wtf is that?!!
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-First playing in a band is a passion, when you have passion for something; you love it even when you hate it.
One day you will feel that you are a part of something bigger if you accomplish something like releasing and amazing album, or creating a new sound, a new concept, a new vision because today most of bands all sound the same and have the same approach !
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The cover artwork is as important as the music and the lyrics. The cover artwork of our latest album is a courtesy of German artist, Björn Gooßes of Killustrations (Dew scented, Aborted, Sodom,…). When Lelahell got in touch regarding a possible artwork, Bjorn knew this would be something special.
I approached him with a quite elaborate lyrical concept about a person named Abderrahmane and his tale of woe. He had to convert that into a striking image and He came up with Abderrahmane sitting on desert soil, while drawing a circle of blood around him in order to protect himself from danger. I think it turned out to be a quite unusual image and captures the feeling we wants to evoke with our music
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-Having a label today is more for prestige than to spread the band name or promotion, because you can share your music all around the globe and promote it through social Medias and other tools. The most important is to have what we call “super fans”, the people that support the band and buy your mech and go to concerts. So you must use the right tools to got those “super fans”. Imagine if you have 1000 super fans (which is really possible) that spend 100$ per year (which is affordable) on you merch that means that you can earn 100.000$/years, and this will allow you to tour and make very good quality products (albums, videos, merchandising…)
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-A Lelahell’s gig should be compared to a firestorm crossing the desert valley!!
We prefer to play festivals because each festival has its own atmosphere and there is always more audience if we compare it to a single gig. We also meet more people and more bands and we sell more merchandising!
What lies in the future?
-An Euro tour in November to promote “Alif”. We will play in 8 countries (Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Czech rep, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary). The tour will start the 2nd November and will finish the 12th. More details about the tour soon.
We will start to work on the writing process of the third album, and we’ll prepare a big tour for 2019!