Sliptrick Records seem to find cool new bands under every stone. MALUM SKY is another new band to me. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-It all stems from wanting to create and perform music, whether that’s in a rehearsal room or on a stage, I think it starts with that desire. Then things progress and lots of other factors come into play when you’re a working, professional band; but that core of creativity and enjoyment is the foundation on which everything else is built.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It’s not a case of trying to come up with a sound that is ours and more a case of just making music together and what comes out of that becomes our sound. It just happens by itself really. Between us all we listen to a huge variety of different music and we try and bring that diversity to Malum Sky. Most of the time, what we are listening to individually sounds nothing like the music we write together!
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Sometimes the creative process is easy and sometimes it’s hard. Some songs seem to write themselves and some songs take months to write! Our songs usually start with an idea from Mike (guitar) or Jon (guitar) and then everyone gets involved and we go through a process of elimination with different ideas and approaches until we ‘feel the vibes’.
Mike has been our resident producer for the upcoming mini-album and having your producer already in the band is definitely an advantage. Conversely, recording and producing your own band presents it’s own challenges and it has been a lot of work. Mike has done a fantastic job and we’re really happy with how it’s turned out, so the hard work has been well worth it!
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Whether to release single songs or an EP/album really is the choice of the band and/or their management. It’s different strategies. We have debated the wisdom of releasing single songs more frequently rather than releasing an album and then enduring a period where you release nothing. I think both methods can be successful and it all depends on the marketing strategy working alongside that, as well as how the creative drive of the band works.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-It’s a double edged sword isn’t it? Technology has given us greater freedom to express ourselves and reach an audience, but in doing so the sea of voices has become much larger and more convoluted. It’s much harder to be heard among the throng of other musicians taking advantage of the same facilities available to us all. I’m not sure music will die because of this but it’s definitely changing the way it works and the way we discover it. It’s easy to lament the simpler, more direct times and more reliable revenue streams of the past but we’ve all benefited in some way from the digital revolution as artists or listeners. I think you just have roll with the punches and be true to your self and your music.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Our new music video ‘Borrower’ continues to get a great response. To be honest we’ve had nothing but good responses, particularly to our live shows. There is one journalist who hasn’t been a fan but even he seems to be mellowing now! Hopefully things will stay positive but at the same time you can’t please everyone all of the time and a certain degree of opposition is inevitable. Our music can be quite complicated and ambient at times, as well as big and heavy and I think when people see us live and get a solid set of Malum Sky, they have time to process our music and it seems to all click into place for them.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I’m not sure this qualifies as surprising but we released a single in 2017 that was mastered by Acle Kahney from Tesseract. We are all fans of Tesseract so it was quite cool to have him mastering our song.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-We are definitely part of a music community here in South Wales and it’s that community that’s helped us build a following. Playing music is responsible for many things, meeting new people, visiting new places, even discovering different cultures. It’s a way of life!
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Definitely. There is a healthy live scene in UK. Playing live has been instrumental in achieving everything we have so far. It helped us get a slot at Bloodstock Open Air Festival in 2017 and that experience was fantastic and very useful for the development of the band. Playing live is the pay off for all the hard work we do in the rehearsal room or the studio; it’s an intense celebration of sorts!
What plans do you have for the future?
-Lots of plans! We are releasing another new track from the album ‘Diatribe’ on the 8th Dec. This time it’s in the form of a lyric video but with a twist. A video log showing how we created the video is dropping this coming Sunday the 2nd Dec on Facebook & YouTube.
Pre-orders for our new album also start on the 8th Dec and we are celebrating with a special show at Fuel Rock Club in Cardiff. The album ‘Diatribe’ is releasing worldwide via SlipTrick Records on 15th January 2019! We also have more music videos, lyric videos, video logs, and of course shows lined up for next year. We are hoping to be very busy in 2019!
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