With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MOLOKEN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Our vision from the start is still intact. We want to create something original and unique even though we realise we stand on the shoulders of giants. We want to be both cerebral and crushing heavy, beautiful and ugly. And for us to fully express ourselves within the extreme music frame is liberating.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-No, we actually get great attention just because we are from Umeå in the north of Sweden.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We have an idea what we want to create and express. The feedback from our fans gives us energy and motivation. And it is important for us as creators that we both evolve but stand firm on our own foundation. Identification is important.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The challenge to an album is: When you write the songs for it they have to relate to our concept of the album and that has to manifest itself when you put the songs together. Might not be the easiest thing to do at times, since inspiration can come from anywhere sometimes and create ideas you hadn’t intended in the first place, but we still manage to put it all into a coherent unit everytime. Time is essential: We have to give ourselves time to develop the musical ideas. Some
songs are written on a weekend, others can take months or years. The creative process varies between songs in terms of orchestration and structure.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-The analogue sound has the possibility to create a more organic sound production. Moloken has never recorded anything in analogue, However we have always strived towards getting a more analogue feeling in the production.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It’s a very gratifying sensation. Every craftmen worth its salt like to see the fruits of his labour. Personally (Jakob) I don’t think of what people might think of it, since I’m secure in the knowledge that we ourselves are satisfied.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics are an integral part of our music. The majority of our songs are written with lyrics in mind, and those times it enhances the music, and other times it’s vice versa. So in a way you could argue that they are somewhat interdependent on each other whenever lyrics are included. The messages we convey are themes that are pretty familiar to contemporary music, such as personal struggles and relationships, anger, confusion and surrealistic visions.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The art work has to have a good visual representation of the musical experience, granted that this entails a subjective reasoning. We’ve been fortunate to work with graphical artists, like Costin Chioreanu, who can develop images that we feel are unique and correlates well with our music.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yes, definitely. There’s bound to be some recognition over time. You notice more nodding heads and grinning approvals the more you play at the same venue.
What do you see in the future?
-Hopefully we can travel more, see new places and people and develop our music further, and refine what we all ready have. Our collective doesn’t have big egos, we share and listen. From that foundation there is an understanding of our freedom to write music that crosses borders and time. Thank you for the interview, and have good weekend!