MALEFICIO is a Swedish band with a history. Yet this is my first interview with them. Strange how things turn out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Hopefully good music, energy and a fuck off attitude. We are not an ordinary black/death metal act, I prefer to call us metal. We have elements from a lot of genres in metal.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was not hard to find our name. We changed our name in 1995 from Sara Metar Lik to Maleficio when we decided to just play metal. We played both punk music and death metal from 1990-95, but decided to just focus on metal. Our drummer and co-founder of Malefico, Ptr, saw a movie and Maleficio just popped up at the screen. And we just took the name. We wanted a dark name and Malefico fits us well.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Well, for me (Dan Soxx) I inspires of a lot of music. I write most of our music in Maleficio and the bands I steal from is everything from Mötley Crüe/Skid Row to Testament, Burzum, Amon Amarth and Dissection. When we first started to play in 1990 we were influenced by Sex Pistols, The Exploited, Nuclear Assault and Death Angel. We couldnt play good at all the first year, but then we discovered Dismember, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death and that kind of bands so we forced our self to play that kind of music and then everything happened fast. We were getting better on our intruments and went more and more to death metal. In 92-93 when I heard Burzum for the first time my life changed and I really got inspired of that kind of music.
Today I nearly listen to black/death metal, but there are a few I really like and gets inspired of like Behemoth, Kill, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Satyricon and ordinary metal acts like the first three records with Battle Beast, Dynazty, Helloween and Air Raid.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We didn’t know anything more than the music have to be metal. We played punk because it was more easy to play at that time, but our lyrics was more black metal. I didn’t know of black metal music in 1990, but our lyrics were that kind of stuff. We didn’t think, we just played. And we didn’t have an agenda more than to have fun and hopefully take over the world. And we surelly had fun, we are still waiting for to take over this fucking world.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-The good thing is that you can record it by yourself and put it out by yourself and you have the power of your music. But I like the album format more. I think that metal music stands out when it comes to album releases, because fans of metal still pay for albums. And even cassettes. It is not like in the past, but in the genre of hard rock and metal there will always be album releases I think.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Not so much. Well, it is important that you will see what kind of music it is about, and our logo pretty much describes it right away. We will never have pink flowers or a white pretty rabbit on our albums so in one way it is important. We don’t try to get peoples attention with art work, we do what we feel is ok for the band and hopefully some one take a notice and give it a listen.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-It has. It is much easier for us to reach out to people. Facebook is a fucked up playground in many ways but when it comes to spread your music or info about upcoming shows it is a very good tool. But we are a lazy band when it comes to social media. We don’t use it as much as we should. We live in the past, or some of us in the band do. Me included. I want it the old way, with record labels and all of that, and we do have a label, but it is a small label. We have to do much of the promoting and so on, and we are not so good at it. But it is all in all good, and again, it is much easier to put your music out to the world.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-We are a part of the underground and have always been. We have been a part of the scene since 1990 when we started this band, and we will always be a part of it. Of course we want to be bigger than everything, but we have to be realistic. Everybody is working, have children and families, and also plays in other bands. We will not be the biggest band in the world, but we will always be a part of the scene.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We are not a touring band. We have never been away longer than a weekend. We have played a lot of shows over the years but never a whole tour. It has been talk about it a several times but it is always something that fucks up at the end. But it is the best part, to play live. We love it and if we could, we would played more than we do at this time. It is the best way to spread out your name. If you give 100% on stage, people will talk about you. And we always give 100%. It doesn’t matter if it is ten or five hundred people in the audience.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully world dominance.
No, we are about to record our next album, but again, we are a little bit lazy. We have a bunch of new great songs that have to come out to the people so I hope we will grab our self in the ears and get started.
Thank you for your time!