MAMMÜTH is a cool Norwegian band that I recently discovered. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We`re glad to be finished with the production! The process from songwriting to mastering is quite an ordeal when you are producing 86 minutes of music. We love the creative process of songwriting and tracking, but still we are very relieved to release the album and see the feedback we get.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Heavy and hairy!….the reply for both questions:)
.What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Having a crowd that follows us, turns up on gigs and gives us feedback is massive motivator.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We are too old and too layed back to care about image. We like to let the music speak for itself and to be the band you can’t quite put your finger on,
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Art work is is a visual aspect of the band and a very important part of the whole package. And that`s why Stian (vocals & guitars), as a graphic designer, is a great resource to the band, he makes all the covers art work and other stuff like posters, tee design etc. He also contributes with music videos thru StoneA:Rock Productions. We like to keep all the creative work within the band.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Social media is a great tool for musicians and artists. Remember the old days with MySpace only? Things have certainly matured since then and it`s easier to communicate both ways, but you have to keep up!
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-None of us can imagine a life without Mammüth. All members are old friends that go back, and playing in Mammüth has become a part of the daily anger management for all of us.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Members of Mammüth have arranged a metal festival for 6 years and we know how hard it is on both sides, from artist and managers perspective, taking risks, hoping people will turn up… it`s a gamble for everyone. But as long as the scene has something to offer, people will to show up.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We tour as much as possible and are always ready to cross any border. Not much experience in touring abroad, but we hope to change that soon.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully an endless wave of heavy and hairy music!