I am not a morning person. I totally despise having to wake up to an alarm clock like most people do. You’ll never see me MOURNING DAWN.Laurent answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-I guess everything came up naturally. I was a teenager and looking for bands with depressive vibes but without that “angsty” feeling that you could find in those emo/childish DSBM bands. I found some bands like Bethlehem or old Katatonia but I decided I could have something to say as well, so I tried my chance. It was a disaster in the right beginning, then I refined my sound and things started to get better along with some attention from people and other bands.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-It depends on the people, and the level of maturity you reached. I guess of course we are satisfied with a recording once we consider it “done”, but you know, recording an album, in a professional way I mean, is damn tiring ! And sometimes you are so tired and sick of these fucking songs that you just wan it to be over hehe. So sometimes, you discover, with perspective, that you did some mistakes, or made the wrong choices, for a lead guitar, for a bridge, or for a sound choice. But anyway, an album is a photography of a band at a certain moment of its life, so I don’t really care, unless its really huge mistakes. I still listen to some bands that are out of tune sometimes…
Our last recording was a pain in the ass to record, because I did that all by myself (except for the mixing which was done by our guitarist Fabien), and its concept : two songs of the same length, when which overlaid onto each other create a new track. You see how messy it could be to record and even to compose ? I made it, and Im quite proud of that, but with perspective I think I could have been a little further for some parts, but hey, that was what I wanted to do at that right time.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-I prefer to focus on the music. I had troubles sleeping because of anxiousness when I was younger, and waking up in the morning was the worst moment of the day. People that suffered that know what Im talking about. So looking at the sun dawning was a special moment, hence the name of the band…
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I don’t give a fuck about that. I hate bands like Shining for the same reason. He’s typically desperately trying to make “the buzz” (and succeeded !) just because of its “image” and not about the rest (although the music is still good for me..). When you need that, that means to me there is a lack of something in your project. Everything needs coherence of course, but I can see too many bands pushing things way too far to try to impress their fake audience.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-That’s another point. On this specifical point, image is needed. We are always working with the same artist, David Cragne, who worked also for bands as Blut Aus Nord or Aborym amongst others. This guy is a long time fan and truly understand what we are doing, which is something needed. I never give informations for the artwork, just sending the album and waiting for the artist to give me his thoughts and the image he thinks could fit, then we start to discuss. It always worked for us, especially for our second album “For the fallen”, in which he gained some prizes at some exhibits.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Things are moving really quickly theses past years. We are in the facebook era, after the myspace one, and the napster thing etc etc, and the tape trading all in the beginning… Perhaps Facebok helped in some way to get fans to be closer to the band. Nowadays, having a band is all about public relationship than composing ahah ! Because of the cd selling that incredibly decreased over the recents years, bands had to do things differently, being closer and having online interactions with fans helped them a lot to sell their stuff or to gain more reputation (even if I think its all wrong). But you know, for me, its all wrong. I mean, Im ok that it’s a great tool for a band, but “new” bands use it thinking this will help them to get bigger. Call me a dreamer, but I still think the music will help them to be renowned. Ok, you have to use it anyway, but do you know that you can buy facebook likes ? That you even have to pay for your posts if you want your fans to see it on their timeline ? I don’t want to be part of that system.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-I like to be part of the European doom metal scene (although we are not a typical doom metal band), and I sometimes feel like being part of a family. Im often inviting friends on my albums (like people from Ahab or Ataraxie on the last one for example) but its definitely just a feeling. Having the same tastes as another one doesn’t build any special relationship anyway. Call me an asshole, but its not because you like doom metal tha we’ll be friends. But its true that we’ll have things to talk about and then maybe get drunk together haha !
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Depends on the label. We have been in touch with some bigger structures (not century media ahah of course), but I always loved the small ones… Im a super busy guy, so the label got the job to promote, press and develop the product the band created. That’s its own purpose, to support a band in which they believe. No money talking. That’s why I asked Stu/Aesthetic death if he wanted to release this Ep. Because I know he would like its concept, two songs which when played together create a new track. I agree labels lost some of their power to put a band in front of the scene, but Stu is helping me a lot to spread the disease, as I don’t have the time to handle such a business (promoting, packing, mailing etc…)
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-I am quite cautious because of my vocals, but our gigs have always been a success. And believe it or not, but we always play OUTSIDE France ahah ! Seems like French people dont understand us (even if I sing in French from time to time). To find gigs ? Depends on the energy you put on “finding”. Its not that hard, depends if you are an active band, the style you play, and you know, sometimes its better to organize things on your own, that’s what a friends band do, and its quite effective.
What will the future bring?
-The release of this EP, a 4th album, a split cd, and the start of my new international band called.. WASTES hehe he