MONOLIYTH from Australia are new to me but not for too long. Read this interview. Answers by guitarist and founding member of the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-For me I think so! it gives the fans of metal in all styles an incite into what the band is about ,and what to expect when you pick up their cd. That’s how I discovered a lot of Death-metal bands back in the day! You would spend hours in your favourite record shop checking out Album covers and the names of the bands ,I bought a lot of Albums that way ..
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-Yeah,recording is both stressful and rewarding at the same time, That,s when you find out how good and or bad a player you are Haha!! A good producer will always push you to get the best performance out of you that they can,so at the end of the day,you know you’ve put in 110%. We try not to worry too much about the people who wont like our music , we more concerned with the people that will like it !
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-Its a great feeling watching what was a bunch of ideas in a musical sense,start coming together.Ask anyone who has put their own band together ,finding the right musicians for the job,and everyone being on the same page is not easy. So when we are all pushing for the best results ,doing your parts as best you can ,is always racing through your thoughts …
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Well it all starts with having a good product to promote, again as i mentioned your not going to please everyone , but i think it helps at aiming your music at the right people. there are lots of Facebook groups,fan-zines, web-zines and distro labels out there ,just keep sending your music out ,and don’t give up,Our bass player Bo, is always saying ” failure is not an option” that keeps us going ..
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-Man there’s so many I cant keep up! when people ask me what type of band I play in , I always say …a metal band , so I guess metal is a good tag for all styles.
people keep inventing different styles and different names for what their doing ,but when it comes down to it , metal is what their really playing hey….
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-I think for us ,its that your part of a global community. I mean you can talk with other people in bands, or people who just enjoy listening to the music on line any time you like. its a great scene to be a part of , as a musician and as a fan .
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?
-Yeah for sure, it was the same for me growing up ,the Death-metal scene was just starting.The tape trading was in full swing and a lot of bands got signed that way. The artwork and logo’s were what made me buy a particular album, still is these days . I think its a big part of any band’s identity.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-There’s always pros and cons with being signed to a label ,and not being signed where you have to do everything yourself. Uploading and promoting your bands music yourself ,takes a lot of time .Then running your own promotion and organising tours,its all hard work. Being under a label ,takes all that work out for your band,but your bound by a legal contract ,so there’s the pressure’s of living on the road ,recording deadlines,and if your album doesn’t perform ,you could end up owing money .I guess its an individual thing, every band has a different agenda ..
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-We love playing live ,that’s what its all about for us! The excitement and buzz from playing death-metal ,is pretty hard to beat! we aren’t fussed weather its a club show or a festival ,its going to be brutal either way
What lies in the future?
-For us we’re just going to keep pushing forward ,keep writing Albums and lots of touring . we’re hoping to get to Europe next year,to do some shows and promote the upcoming Album HE WHO KILLS , to be released through Hell Fire Records Australia.