MAIM are back with a new album. So no better time than now to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Well, yes i think we have a small crowd out there that have been waiting for our new album.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-No, not really. We don´t follow any theme or something, we just make music that we feel is good.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-We recoded the album in our rehearsal place again this time and we didn’t really had any deadline so when it came to the part where to find the right sound we had a lot of time changing things and just take it easy.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Not so important as the music. But the lyrics needs to match the brutality of the sound. Generally murder, death, necrophilia, torture, and all nasty things going on in the world

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The artwork for us is quite important, it´s have to reflect what you are listen to. The music combined with the cover and everything around must feel right 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? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-I don´t see any negative aspect of there be a easy way to get your music out to the public and the the fans. But if you want to release anything else than a digital download choice off cause to have a label that can help with the promotion and the financial side it´s pretty good. I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum.

How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-We haven´t really seen any difference, there will always be people who want a physical form of the music. We appreciate that the download choice are available and don´t see any problem with it. Me personally download a lot of music from bandcamp.

Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Absolutely not.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Na, no worries man. The metal community is so big and now with the revival of Lp´s and shit like that there´s no end to it. If people listen to our music via spotify, soundcloud, cassette, Lp , VHS or something else and like it, then I suppose we have made a good job.

What does the future hold for you?
-Well we just have to see, we looking forward to play live and writing new music. We already got some new stuff going on.

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