MY SILENT WAKE

My Silent Wake have been with me consciously for some time but it is only now that I’ve decided to actually check them out. Interview answered by Ian Arkley. Anders Ekdahl ©2011

I could be me but for some reasons your name isn’t the brand name in my CD collection that I thought it be with so many years in the scene. How hard do you promote the band?
-Hi Anders. The albums have been reviewed in various metal magazines over the years and have also been advertised in various magazines. People with an interest in underground doom/death metal have generally heard of the band. The labels we have been signed to have both been small and have done the best they could within the budgets they have. Personally, I do what I can to spread the word about the band, but I also have constraints as far as time goes. The genre is pretty small and only very few bands get really well known. It is not a problem for us, we are just enjoying what we do. We never planned to make any money from this but we haven’t lost any of our own money as I know some bands have.

Your music is being described as death/doom/folk/dark metal. When does too many sub-genres become a blur and put the music in second or third place?
-Genres are a difficult area. If you don’t throw in enough descriptions you can’t really describe the sound properly. Our music is very diverse as we do acoustic songs as well as metal songs and we have plans to experiment much further in future. I don’t really care if people just describe us as doom, but if they are then expecting us to sound like Solitude Aeturnus they may be disappointed.

Why should anybody be interested in My Silent Wake? What have you got to offer that sets you apart from all the others?
-I won’t try to sell the band at this point as it isn’t our style to try to be more popular or compete with others. Listen to our music and if you like it, then that is great. If you don’t there are a million other bands to check out.

I can sometime feel that when you play in a band and is part of a scene it can become too much of a club for internal admiration and everybody isn’t invited. How much of belonging to a scene to you feel that My Silent Wake is part of?
-I don’t care about scenes. I enjoy what we do and I know others do too. As long as this continues I will make music. I enjoy a lot of different styles and they influence our style. I don’t think MSW really fits into any scene completely and that is why it is hard to categorise what we are doing.

Does being British ever give you the feeling that you carry a special heritage with you as a metal band given the history of the genre?
-No not really. I like music from many different countries. I don’t think anyone really cares about your country of origin.

In releasing albums is there something special to it or does it feel like a walk in the park? What kind of feelings are there when you the final product is out?
-It is never a walk in the park. Some albums are harder to produce than others and they all end up being very different to each other. It is always exciting to get the final album in your hands and is one of the best things about doing this; To actually know that you have created something tangible. Downloads without any hard copy are an abomination. How anyone prefers that to a CD, vinyl or cassette is beyond me.

How important is the cover art work and the general presentation of an album? Is there something you’d never do even if it would look great?
-I think the artwork is essential. To me it becomes part of the whole package of music, lyrics and artwork. They should all work together. There are limits to what I would put out as cover art. I never try to offend anyone with what I am doing but I hope I can cause some people to think about what we are saying.

When you release records on smaller labels what is it that you expect them to do for you and how much of those wishes do come true in the end?
-Sending CDs for review, some advertising and hopefully tour support. With the last album we had a great tour with In Vain from Norway and the album got many reviews.

When you plan for a new album how much do you think about the way it will be welcomed? How much do you look to your previous records when you write for a new one?
We write each album as an individual entity. We have a rough idea of what we want to achieve and then go from there. I don’t really think about how it will be received until I hear the final album.

What will your silent wake be like?
-Very quiet.

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