MINDAHEAD is a strange kinda name but you sure remember it once you’ve seen it. About that and a whole host of other things is touched upon in this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-First of all a great thanks to you and to all readers.
Our band name is a wordplay and it is composed by two word: Mind (thought) and Head (anatomic part), as a (musical) creature that expresses herself through the rationality of the matter and the irrational power of the madness, underlined by capital letters M.A.D.. She looks “AheaD” to satisfy new expressive needs, exploring new frontiers and mixing together a lot of musical influences. We think that our music should express all these aspects, currently through the notes of “Reflections”, maybe tomorrow in a different way, but always true to herself.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-We don’t like to give a different label to every little difference in music…we think there’s no any sense. We consider ourselves simply “Metal”. Our musical background is quite large, from rock of ’70 to modern metal, through genres very different from our. We think that our music is like a great box that contains all these genres, with a real prog attitude. Indeed, “Reflections” was defined as Progressive Metal, Melo-Death, Technical Death, Avant-Garde or sometimes even Gothic…we think that there’s a part of truth in each one.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-When we compose, great influences are our emotions, our life experience, the desire of experimentation, our passions over the music (literature, movies, art), our imagination but, over all, the desire to explore the society where we living. Our lyrics and our music are not influenced by the news or by politics or something similar, although is the end point of our “reflections” about our society that we observed for a long time. Then we prefer use an imaginary way to tell you these thoughts.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-It’s very important for us. Through our music we can not only tell to the world what we think about a lot of topics of life, but also examine in depth some stuff that we hate of this modern world. We prefer to use an allegoric language but even so direct.
You can read the lyrics from different point of view: just if you explore all of them you can understand in depth the secret meaning we want to give you. The lyrics are melted with music, sometimes come to light and sometimes let speak the sound, to define an unique complex drawing.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-We think that the most important thing should be absolutely the music, but the image can help us to carry to the public the message and the atmosphere that the music brings inside. Unfortunately we live in “times of appearance and of look”, where sometimes this order is inverted, but if you think to great bands of ’70, especially on stage, you can understand how the image can be important for a unique and fascinating experience. In this context, but not only, we really appreciate some great Swedish bands.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-It’s very important because frequently is the first thing you can notice, but it can’t be the most important perspective for us…we think that it’s part of what we want to express. We choosed our cover to represent what we tell in our concept album: the “character 6119” in a cold and solitary universe, his mind that breaks up into little pieces, the time that pass inside the underground bunker…we think that this image is very representative. We could chose other more charming and focused covers, but they would not have represented our message and concept.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
Today it’s very hard to gain respect and to have supporters that follow you, in particular in Italy, where there’s no facilities for concerts and no “live culture”: people want to dance or hear something simple and already known. Fortunately we had great feedback after our live concerts, from people of different ages, from prog lovers to very young people, from head-bangers to gothics and, most important thing, from people that doesn’t already know our music. We’re very concentrated to transfer live the atmosphere and the music that you can find on CD as best we can.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-It’s awesome, especially when it comes from different cultures: it means that the way to express our message it works. It’s the most great happiness and the fulfillment of our daily effort.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Honestly we don’t know, we aren’t so sure! But we’re sure that is the better way for us to reach our fans: live is the magic moment when all we have done comes alive and reach the ears and the minds of who is hearing you. For a musician the live performance is the better stuff to do!
What does the future have in its womb?
-We’re trying to promote as best we can “Reflections”, playing live everywhere we can (in Italy and abroad) so as to reach people as possible. We have some offer starting Jenuary 2017, in Italy and Spain (mini-tour with Secret Rule, 2-5 February 2017). Furthermore we have a lot of new material for a next album…but now is too early to speak about it. So follow us and support us.
Thank you so much for this interview and for the time you gave us. We really hope to have the possibility to play our music in your wonderful country, that is always a great source of inspiration for us. Stay MAD!!!