I gotta admit that I thought that MONOLORD was a band from California and not from Sweden. Just goes to prove that music knows no borders. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Esben Willems: Just aiming to create an as massive and rumbling groove as possible.

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?
EW: I feel that the only way to find a sound you like is to simply play the sound you like, not try to come up with it or forcefully create it. Go with what inspires you and be honest with it, and it’ll fall into place all by itself.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
EW: It’s without comparison the hardest part of playing music. Starting out with nothing and from that create something you’re proud of and think can feel relevant even after the novelty has worn off, that’s a grueling process. Every time.

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?
EW: I think that’s more the case with mainstream radio adapted genres. My perception is that the album format is very much alive in our genres.

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?
EW: Music has been a crucial part of our lives since the dawn of humanity, so the tiny fragment of time that the music industry has existed will hardly affect its existence. In what way it will be performed and enjoyed will most likely always keep changing, though.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
EW: That it shows that we enjoy playing live. That’s the very foundation of everything we do, being on stage.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
EW: The most pleasant surprise is that borders are becoming increasingly irrelevant in the world of music.

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?
EW: It does. In spite of it being a worn out cliche, music unites. It erases borders, it crosses language barriers, it’s in fact by far the strongest language on this planet.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
EW: We play live because we love it. Hopefully that shines through and reaches enough people to allow us to keep doing just that.

What plans do you have for the future?
EW: More shows, more albums, more sleep, more coffee. More everything.

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