MOTÖR MILITIA is one hell of a thrash metal band that you just gotta check out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-well about a year into the band we came up with the name. We put Motör and Militia together to mean ‘army of speed’ and as a tribute to Motörhead and the 80’s Thrash moment. We play Thrash Metal

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-we try to play as many shows as we can, we promote the band a lot online and we have a great community of ppl from all around the world helping us take our music further than we’ve been able to before which is really great! In the past we played some shows abroad and we are looking to do that more.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The 80’s Thrash movement is in our core. As a band probably Slayer is our most important influence. In 2003-04 when we used to play mostly covers we gained a rep for playing Slayer songs and I guess it impressed ppl so we kept taking it further and as a result that music ingrained itself in us.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-well there is a small scene that revolves around us and 2-3 more bands… it’s always better to have an active scene but I think the band would go on without it but it wouldn’t be as much fun that’s for sure.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-for sure! I believe that feeling is amplified even more when you play Metal in our part of the world.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Hahahaha no I don’t think that imagery will work… I think the best cover art captures both the band’s identity and the album’s direction. Some great examples are how Vic Rattlehead and Eddie have come to unmistakably represent Megadeth and Iron Maiden. Dressing them up differently for each album. It’s really difficult to do something like that well and tastefully like those two bands have done.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-this is a long story… In short I believe musicians are paying for mistakes made by the music industry in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. They fought the next format when they should have embraced it. Things are the way they are and the musicians need to find a way back to being able to make it big. Music is it’s own reward so you can’t kill it but it’s seen better days for sure.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-the live scene here is small and limited. Negotiating with venues is never easy… and only 2-3 venues will even agree to consider a Metal show. We are working very hard behind the scenes to get some gigs abroad.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-well it’s both to an extent. You have to be on top of your game, manage your energy and keep focused. But if you’re well prepared you will automatically enjoy it and have a great time with the audience and your bandmates!

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