With a new album out now I wanted to know more. So I interviewed MISANTHROPIC RAGE Questions answered: W – Vocals, Bass, Drum Programming. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
W: Officialy all begun in 2015, but first ideas and the name itself circled AR’s mind for a long time before that. Misanthropic Rage came through various forms and shapes up until me & AR crossed our path, it was just the right time and right place. It was clear that we share common vision, in an instant we knew what – and how – we want to play.
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?
W: Hard to say, we never really think about it. We’re not trying to sound super extra original or something. To be honest I believe true own style has to be developed personally, it’s not something you can just practice for some time and magically it appears. In our case though we just take our guitars and start playing, as cliche as it might sound, this is how we work.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
W: Basically, at least in my case, because we often work individually, first there’s an idea, one riff, or theme, some sort of hook, and with that idea in mind it just grows naturally. It kinda lives it’s own life, until it’s done. Both me and AR, we always have our heads full of ideas, we have tons of inspirations. We’re working on something new constantly, whether it’s for MR or any of our other projects, but there’s always something we do. We can’t really lay down and rest for a while, there’s always something flowing. Mostly we gather ideas separately until we decide we’re ready, then we confront our ideas and start working on an album toghether.
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?
W: We enjoy working at home. Gives us unlimited freedom to work as we please, not as studio time demands it. Obviously not every aspect of modern times and modern technology is great, but personally I think everything human created, is meant to be used by humans, but you need to think what you’re doing. Just like Nobel and his dynamite, the internet can be a great utility tool, but if used wrong, it can completely deattach weak personality away from the real world. So yes, we like to use electronical utilities for our advantage and comfort, but we don’t follow any trends nor fashion. If we feel like doing EP, we do EP, if we feel more like full length, we record full length. Simple as that.
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?
W: It sure might, but again it’s not the fault of internet itself. It’s just human mentality. I don’t think it will kill music entirely, but definitely there’s much less physical records being sold than it was few years ago. I’m a collector myself, and if I like a band and it’s album, I want to have it on my shelf. I want the whole package, with artwork, with lyrics, the way artist wanted it to be received. If someone does not, that’s fine too, you still can buy an album digitally and support the artist. Problem comes when people just steal the music, and don’t go to any concert, don’t buy any merch, don’t support the artist in any way – that’s what kills it. But I still believe there will always be some maniacs who will continue to buy physical records, no matter what.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
W: Surprisingly good, actually. While we don’t do any live shows due to us being just a duo, it’s hard to stand our ground, especially when there’s so many great bands out there, so we appreciate every single person that takes time and listen to our work, and so far the feedback was great.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
W: We don’t have much contact to begin with, but nothing really extraordinary ever happend. Just a few people felt like sharing their thoughts about what we do.
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?
W: Maybe not a community, we’re not really socially active people, but it did introduce us to some interesting people focused around music. It’s always good to find out there are other, like minded people.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
W: For me it’s a great way to experience music you like. I cannot say how it affects a band, because we’re not playing live, but I’d say it’s easier to reach to a listener if you play often with different bands, in different locations.
What plans do you have for the future?
W: Nothing ready to be announced, but we have started collecting ideas for a third full length. Can’t say anything about it yet though, it’s still too early.
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