In no other form of metal is it as common as in black metal for the one person bands to appear. MIRE OF DESPONDENCY being no exception. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

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?
-Mire of Despondency was a name that I had chosen due to emotions I had been feeling at the time. I basically and literally felt as if I was sinking into a mire. It reminded me a lot of The Swamps of Sadness from the film The Neverending Story.

There are so many genres and sub-genres of metal today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style of metal you play?
-Well I just felt that by incorporating aspects of a few different types of black metal like depressive, atmospheric/ambient, and even a little symphonic, I could put even more of my emotions into the music not only through lyrics, but also by sound.

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-My emotions have been my greatest influence, I say that because they’re the reason I started making music to begin with. Other influences would be nature, and my passion for not only black metal, but other types of music where I can really feel through the music.

How important is it to have a message as a band
-In my personal opinion, it’s not always vital to incorporate a message through your band. I think it’s more important to be passionate about the music you make.

Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-I personally feel that image is still not the most important thing, because you don’t need to have an image to make great music.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-I don’t think it’s all that inportant, I mean mine aren’t that complicated and I didn’t put that much work into them. I mean it’s nice to see “cool” album covers I suppose, but the music on the album is what matters.

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-I’ve gotten a lot in regards to support, asking about merch, etc. Of course it’s all greatly appreciated, and I never really expected any of that.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-Honestly, it’s pretty interesting to see what kind of people in how many places have even heard of Mire, but that sort of recognition isn’t what I crave with this music.

Is playing live still a great way to get bew fans to discover you?
-If you’re a local band and not just a one woman/man project, yeah playing live is a pretty great way to get noticed, my cousin is in an awesome slam band and that’s how they started; it’s done a lot for them. But I won’t be playing live whatsoever.

What does the future have in its womb?
-Well in regards to Mire, I don’t really plan on stopping making music, but I can’t really say what will happen.

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