It is when you come upon bands that have been going for ages and you haven’t hjeard of the m you realize how many bands there is out there. MALUS are new to me but old to others. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-I founded Malus 15 years ago and from the beginning I didn’t want to do things for halves. So I created six full length albums with Malus on my own and I am happy about the feedback of my fans.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-The record is for me like the painting for an artist. It has to have a special character and a unique charm. I don’t want to copy other bands, but I want to create something which could be quite popular. I am very satisfied with the new record but of course in future enhancements are possible.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-Unfortunately I never played live with MALUS.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-On the last output I used real recorded orchestral elements like strings and choirs. There have been a big step between the last record and the record before, so I think I will continue adding orchestral, horror-like elements to the music and consequently boost the central theme.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-I never felt like being part of a greater community. All people in this world a part of a powerful community, but unfortunately almost nobody realizes that. The results are civil wars and religious wars and of course fear, created by the media.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-It’s not my aim to create something totally similar, but creating something with recognition value including new and surprising elements. This means fresh energy within the known thread.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-I get influenced by everything which is surrounding me. So it’s upon me, to choose the right places, peoples and activities. I live in a small cabin close to nature, I am my own boss and I know a lot of wonderful people with powerful energy. This is a great base and benefit for creativity. Of course I listen to a lot of music like Classical Music, Progressive Rock and Metal, Psychedelic Rock and Jazz.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-I had my own label 10 years ago. I canceled Immense Storms due to the fact, that more and more people stop buying CDs and downloading stuff from the internet.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-The digital world is the world of fugacity and death. Smartphones and digital media is attracting and seducing especially young people. There exist huge problems within smartphones and the modern world, almost nobody is able to understand.
What lies in the future?
-Insight, Renewal and Salvation. We are in this progress right now and more and more people realize it…