LORDS OF SALEM is an interesting band that I wanted to know more about. Hence this interview. 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?
– we think all musicians think about it how to name their band in the beginning and finally make their decision. Of course it depends what kind of music do you play and to make a choice, you play aggressive then your bands name should sound aggressive etc. In the end it’s all your own taste. We think it’s important to attract people in some way with a bands name, finally that’s the reason for our choice to name ourselves LORDS OF SALEM…Ha,ha !

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?
– it’s work and of course you are glad that it is finished and if everything sounds good, the mix, the mastering then there is no reason for anxiety about if everybody will like it. The other thing is that it is impossible that everybody in the metal or rock scene will like your music. There are so many different styles and personal taste of everyone in those days. But as long as we get a gain of people that like our music, then the mission is accomplished.

What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
– in the studio you are focused to that what you do. In the final steps you think about an improvement regarding mixing and mastering and that’s it.

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?
– it’s much easier now, because all the social media are helping a lot but we think it’s a good advice to hire a PR- Manager even in the beginning because such guys got a lot of contacts regarding web zines and radio stations. But in the end the best way as a band is to play as much shows and festivals as you can. There you bring your music out to world, out to the people. The old school way, you know ?

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?- interessting question ! In our band there a two guys who did grow up in 80’s where everything was metal. There were no tags, except Black Metal (Venom), maybe. There was no NWOBHM, this tag was created far later. For us it’s not important to be tagged in a genre, as long if music is touching your heart and your soul and it feels right then everything is fine.

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.
– if you play in a band and you got professional ambitions then you want to be part of a local/ national / or better international scene. We want to entertain people with our music in the big metal family. So yes, then you are part of something bigger.

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?
– we agree ! And the funny thing is that, when our bass player came up with the pic that is our cover now, every band member said wow, this is it. Even people who seen it, that are not part of the band liked it so much. So, it was an easy choice for us.

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?
– if you got a a label that backs you up, it’s a great thing. Of course there is good and bad music with all the self distribution but the rock/ metal world has become so mutual. We got good bands from all over the world and we appreciate this very much.

What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
– we like festivals. Regarding shows ? The bigger the better…ha,ha !
What lies in the future?
– being on the road, songwriting, video clips and releasing the next album or EP.

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