In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with NECROFILTH. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Was a long time ago, but actually wasn’t that hard. Came up with the name in January of 2008. The band was originally called “Chainsaw Lust” for maybe a week. Then I thought it’d be cool to do a “Nekro” band and realized there were no bands called “Nekrofilth”. That’s about it!
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-I loved metal since I was a kid and as early I can think I just wanted to play. My uncle let me borrow his old 1970 Fender Mustang and from there I just kept learning. I have been playing in bands nonstop for the last 20 years.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Sometimes I use a certain band / riff / song as direct reference and other times it’s not really conscious. You just sort of explore until something comes together. The influences just happen naturally.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-I don’t think we have ever been part of any specific movement, but I love the huge resurgence that metal music has received in the last 15 years or so. We certainly have fans from all over the world and that’s really great.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-We’ve never done a proper promo shot, most of our pics are from live performances. But I’ve never worn flip flops on stage or anything.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-All sorts of things! I love the irreverence / grossness of 80s death metal lyrics, and also the subtle humor. Our lyrics are definitely important but they are also not meant to be taken too seriously.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I think metalheads and punks love “releases” as opposed to “singles” and this isn’t really going away. Also it seems that people still dig physical releases. I think albums are really important to the genre and aren’t going away soon, whether they remain predominantly physical remains to be seen.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I think inevitably the future is in non-physical releases, whether we like it or not. It’s already happening. I love vinyl but as long as people can hear the music it’s fine for me.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We traditionally have done a lot of touring but are taking it more easy these days. I guess we’ll see what happens.
What lies in the future?
-We’re just excited the album is out. We are working on some new splits / eps and will do a few shows this year but no big tours yet. Thanks a ton for the interview and have a good one!