To us Swedes Danish dynamite was something we got drunk on. It meant anything but music. Today we can speak of Danish dynamite with a whole different tone in our voice thanks to MORDAX. Anders Ekdahl
Is it a positive thing to be a Danish metal band when you head out into Europe/ROW promoting the band?
Jeff: I believe it is! In Denmark we have a growing metal scene with many bands playing all kinds of different metal, and I think the international metal community is very aware of new Danish releases. So I guess you can say that we feel a little bit committed to deliver some quality metal, especially if you’re being compared to some of the great Danish metal exports like Artillery, Hatesphere, etc. But in general I think that Danish metal have a great reputation internationally, and we can thank some of the earliest metal-acts for that.
I’ve always seen Denmark as a more liberal country than Sweden, more inclined to the artist side of things yet we see more bands coming from Sweden than Denmark. Is life as an artist too comfy in Denmark for bands/artists to really go for it?
Jeff: I don’t know much about the conditions for Swedish artists, but in Denmark we’re working hard to book shows etc.
How did Mordax come to be Mordax? What made you want to embark on this journey?
Mads: We are all from the same town (Ribe, Denmark) and we know each other from high school and the musical environment in Ribe. Some of us have played together in other bands. I think the idea of starting Mordax came up in 2009 under heavy beer-drinking, where Asbjørn, Ole and Ejnar decided to meet and write and record couple of songs. These recordings ended up on the “Slaugther” Ep under the name Mordax. On this stage, Mordax was more of a music project than a band. Jeff and I entered the band in 2010 and shortly after we decided to make a record.
How much time and effort do you have to put into the band just to get things moving? What kind of sacrifices are you ready to make for the band?
Jeff: First of all I don’t think any of us are making any sacrifices to be in the band. We have a band ‘cause we enjoy making music together, and have a lot of fun rehearsing, recording it, touring, etc. All band members have different studies and jobs, and luckily we are all able to find the time to rehearse and play some shows.
How important is classic ways of promoting (album, tours etc.) in today’s technological inclined society?
Jeff: In my opinion the best way of promoting your band is by playing live concerts. Of course you can do a youtube video and end up having 1 mill. views because you spend 8 hours a day spamming it on facebook, etc., but all in all I think metal music is all about the energy and live-feeling you get at a good concert. And if you really want to make new fans, you have to deliver a cool live performance at every single show.
When you come from a country that gave the world Lars Ulrich do people have a certain idea about how you should be and act? Is there anything typical Danish that people expect you to be like?
Mads: I’m not sure, but maybe people expect that Danes have a large consumption of alcohol. And it’s true. We have a large consumption of alcohol.
How important has the native metal history with bands like Mercyful Fate, Artillery and Witch Cross been to the sound of Mordax?
Mads: I’m a big fan of both Artillery and Mercyful Fate and this is also the case for a couple of the other guys! I respect the history of these bands and the impact that they have on the creation of what we today know as heavy and thrash metal. But I wouldn’t say that these bands directly have influenced our sound.
Does a country’s musical history even play a part in forming a bands sound? Like we’ll see a ton of Danish bands all sounding like Volbeat now.
Mads: In some way. For 8-10 years ago it was Hatesphere that was the big thing in Denmark, and in the last decade everybody tried to sound like Hatesphere. I think it’s natural, and maybe not intentionally, that you take some of the things from your favorite band and implant it in your own music.
On the other hand, we have a lot of talented and creative metal musician in Denmark, and they will not be influenced by what’s popular.
How pleased are you with the album? Is it the best you could come up with at this time and date?
Mads: We’re very pleased with album. Of course there are small things you could have done better. But it’s almost a year since we recorded the album, and I still enjoy every song.
What will we see from Mordax in the next couple of months?
Mads : We will play at the venue Vega in Copenhagen on the 10th of May with Hatesphere and Helhorse. We will also play at the biggest metal festival in Denmark Copenhell on the 14th of June with bands like Slayer, Immortal, Saxon, Marilyn Manson. We really look forward to this one. Otherwise we will properly start working on the next album, and maybe a European tour in the fall.