LEVELS

The name might not say too much but the music LEVELS delivers says it all. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name was in a sense created before any music was written for this band. We knew what sort of music we wanted to play, but it hadn’t exactly been ironed out yet. We liked how the name was short and sweet, just one word. It also wasn’t taken by anyone else that we knew of so we rolled with it.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We are pretty straight forward. We ask people what sort of music they listen to and if it’s within our genre spectrum we tell them they should check us out because they might like us. I think if anyone is a fan of progressive, metalcore, deathcore, or any similar form of metal or hardcore, our music will be up their alley. We just released our self-titled album, so go check it out if you want.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Our sound comes from us and our own personal tastes in music all mashed together. Each member of our band brings a different style to the mix and I think that the variety in our most recent album shows that.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The scene in our area is actually pretty small. Regardless of the status of our local area, I believe bands can still exist in any way because of the internet. You don’t exactly have to play local shows to be popular as long as you make a presence for yourself online. However, we do feel like playing locally helps build experience as a new band.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We don’t believe we are part of any movements in particular. We’re here to create music and share it with the world rather than be confined to a niche or musical stereotype. We do think certain bands align themselves with certain movements, but that’s not really what we’re interested in.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Something people will tattoo on themselves. If anyone tattoos our album cover on themselves, we’d be honored. But in all seriousness, an album cover should be something that fits the theme of the album, whatever that may be. I’d like to think that the artwork for our most recent record we released fits the theme.

What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-We think that the concept of digital music being introduced into the music industry has only really affected how bands aren’t getting paid as well as they used to in the 80’s or 90’s. And on top of that, it definitely makes the industry more competitive. Physicals have become more of a novelty, unfortunately.

What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Certain songs and parts of songs call for different types of crowd interaction from moshing and circle pits to singing along. But overall, we just like to see our crowds bobbing heads and digging the music. We want the crowds to just enjoy the music however they want to. There’s really no rules at metal shows.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-At the right shows, it’s a party. Definitely come out to see us if you’re curious and you’ll see how crazy it can get.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would absolutely love bigger tours with bands who are in our same style. Also, playing festivals and performing outside of our country would be an amazing opportunity for us. We just released our self-titled LP, but writing a new album will be in the future for us.

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