With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to M.I.GOD. Answers by Dan Heß (rhythm guitars) and Max Chemnitz (vocals).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?
Max: I’m really glad to hear that, because nothing is more boring than a band name like a lousy pulp fiction title, hahaha! In the early days of the band we had a different name, but we realized that we haven’t been the first to choose it. So we decided to find something special to not have the same problem again. As my former collegue responded on a question of mine with “am I Jesus, I don’t know!” I got struck by it, spoke out loud “no man, it has to be ‘am I god’”, I wrote it down the first time with the three dots, using them as abbreviation of “M”, “I” and also “GOD” and the new name was born. You see, it wasn’t that hard to come up with the name, but in 7 out of 10 times we can see how hard it is for the people to get it written in its correct way, hahahaha, it’s hilarious!
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
Dan: It’s not that easy to introduce our musical style to people who haven’t heard us before. Sure Modern Metal would be the easiest explanation. But our musical influences come from all different genres from classic to pop to prog rock to thrash and death metal. Our goal was to write music that doesn’t die after just a few runs and you will discover new facets again and again after many times listening to it. That’s why we invented a new box and call our style “Sophisticated Metal”.
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?
Max: This is really hard to answer, because in my opinion you can’t make music with only having one significant trigger. Especially when regarding our sound, there are countless influences from so many different genres and also non-musical moods and situations that are thrown into a sort of grand mixing pot, our brains, to filter out the essence which becomes the sound of M.I.GOD.. The music we write is the music we feel, it comes naturally and organically out of our minds. But if it still has to be this one single influence, I would answer it is our way of living. 😉
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?
Dan: Unfortunately the local band scene is not what it used to be 10-15 years ago. It’s not that easy to get to good gigs without connections. Today people are more saturated and convenient when it comes to leaving their couches to visit a live concert, especially shows of smaller bands. So I would say in general a local scene today is not as important anymore as the many possibilities to present a band on social networks. But for us, presenting our music live on stage to establish ourselves as a serious live band, building up a fanbase in our local scene is still important.
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
Dan: Times of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll are long gone… sad but true only left is rock’n’roll, hahaha… We all love to make music and consider it our passion. Even though it’s probably nothing special these days to be member of a band, it’s a good way for us to express our emotions and feelings in our songs to a wider audience and in addition to having fun making music.
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?
Max: That is easy to answer… ours! Haha! We really have been involved in all details of the record, from the first note to all designs in the booklet of course including the album cover. And although it is a compatible artwork for a metal band, we think it’s not the typical one to express heaviness, it’s much more a vision of the lyrical concept we created.
Dan: But you know, nowadays most of the metal album artworks aren´t special anymore. Most of them look almost the same. So why not putting birds and bees on a cover if they fit the concept of the album?
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Dan: Physical vs. digital is a double-edged sword. Both have their ad- and disadvantages. Portals like Spotify and co. make it a lot easier for bands to make their music available for a larger audience these days in order to achieve a higher degree of popularity. One of the biggest disadvantages is that it’s almost impossible for smaller bands to cover the production costs for an album.
Max: Another one is that people get so much used to the possibility to listen to a ridiculous amount of records that they don’t care anymore about a single album… and things like artworks, booklets and also lyrics become futile. But as a fan of music myself Ihave to admit that I love to hold a piece of musical art in my hands, so I will always prefer “physical”!
What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
Max: Well, for us right now it’s not possible to play a hundred shows in a year, because on the one hand we are still working hard to get more attention, while we are not 18 anymore to fit in supported programs for young musicians, hahaha… and on the other hand, you must have a good reputation to get slots for supporting bigger bands which we are thankful to have, but when it comes to supporting a whole tour of a popular band you need to have the money for it, because almost every opportunity means pay to play.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Max: For us playing live is no party at all! Sure we have fun on stage and try to transfer this on the fans, but we want to be seen as artists that present their creations in an entertaining but serious way. We want to touch the people by watching us on stage and don’t want to be the musical guidance for drinking and dancing focusing the fun.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Dan: To become rich and famous! Hahaha. But seriously, our goal is to play as many awesome live shows as possible, also across our borders, gain more fans and promote our new album in the best possible way.
Max: …and then become rich and famous! Hahahaha!