Doom metal is some of the coolest metal around. And with a history longer than any other sub-genre there is plenty to dig from. LORD VIGO is my latest doom discovery and since they impressed me I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-Well we formed the band in late 2014. After some musical projects in we all played together I decided to finally realize a metal project because it was always the music I was listening to. The sound of Lord Vigo was formed very early, I even think it was the very first thing. We tuned down the guitars to C and added the bass at the final recording. The sound needed to be heavy. Well I think that worked out. For more epicness we added chiors, hammond and organ.
To me the greatest doom is all about emotions. You can’t have a “happy” sound and play doom. So what is it about doom metal that is so special?
-I think doom is very heavy because it is very slow at most of the time. Most time tuned down as well or the guitars are running through bassguitar amps. I am aways wondering why so many recordings have the bassguitar at a very low level. On the Lord Vigo recordings we have it ar the same level as the lead guitar and the bass does even play some leads. If a song does not transport any emotions I dont think it is a good one, no matter what style it is. Maybe in doom the transported emotions are most of the time not the happy ones.
But as in real life there could be no light without darkness. Only if you manage to stand the darkness you could enjoy the light!
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-In our times it is so hard to find a name that sticks in head of people. Most obvious names are already blocked, you cant offend people with your name any more to stay in there heads so that part is a really hard one. At best when you hear a name of a band you immediately know what style they are playing. At worst you dont even check the band out because of there name. You cant change that fakt so you have to deal with it. I think Lord Vigo hase some epicness to it so I think it is a good one =)
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image of the band it like the name. When people see you, they should know what they will get when they listen to you. With Lord Vigo we are old school metalfans and our sound gets in the same direction. So leather, chains and spikes are a good choice. What you see is what you get =)
And if some folks dont like it and throws things on stage me helmet will protect me, but tangas and bras are always welcome =)
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Fist of all a LP with gatefold is great. Great artwork helps a lot. But I dont know if it is as important as in the 80s when people where checking out records in stores and picked them out by the cover. Now you can listen to them on YouTube so most of the time people will hear it before the see it. It is still a important part of the package as well as a video. It will maybe not sell your records but it makes it better.
It is like adding cheese when you cook. It makes something good great =)
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-The problem is that facebook likes oder youtube clicks are taken by some people to judge if something is worth to listen to or not. You can fake that by buying likes or clicks or sometimes like that. A band may do not spend there money on facebook promo, they spend there money on making a good record so that it what I want! Facebook and YouTube is a great way to get directly to your fans but there is a really big risk to get unnoticed because there are so many bands around and no one is filtering them as labels did back in the days. Everyone with a pc can now record music. That is good and bad.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-To me it feels like being a team or a gang in a positive way. You have the same goals and you want get better. You send time togehter to reach these goals. So I feel being a part of a movement, part of a culture, part of a gang. You are have different life when you have a mission or alt least you think it. To me, most of the time whem I have some recourses free in my head I think about how I could make my band better or I think about lyrics or something that relates to that.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Technically you could do it on you own. But in most cases a label can help you getting bigger. You could spend you time on writing music and dont have to deal with all the stuff that comes with a release. Labels are professionals and they will do professional work. And of couse you can say „Yes we have a deal with a record company“ =)
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We cant do tours, we are all working in normal jobs. We try to get gigs but it is not easy. Outside of germany it is even a bit harder because it take more time to get there, you need a hotel and someone has to pay to get you there. With our style we are not mainstream. We are very happy that some festivals booked us. But when you apply to 10 festvials and get 10 rejections or even no answer at all you get frustrated. You get frustrated that alway the same bands get booked. The only thing we can do is to keep applying and write new songs in the time when there are no gigs. As there is only one gig right now in 2017 (Up The Hammers in Athen) I think we will release our new Album in summer 2017 =)
What will the future bring?
-I hope the future will bring more Lord Vigo albums and some more gigs. Who knows if people still want to listen to our music or what the scene will be like at all. 10 years ago who was thinking that old school metal will get a big revival and most things will get back to the roots. Lp sales are growing over downloads and I hope thar development will go on. Back to the 80s =)