NEMESIS

This is not “THE” NEMESIS but a Balkan death metal troupe. Check them out like I have checked them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-Our name means a lot to us. At first it is direct connection to our big influence – Arch Enemy, and second the goddess Nemesis represents a fight agains injustice. And we are facing those injust things on daily basis. Also, every good name there is , is probably used already, so it just needs to be something that band members identify with.

When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-It depends from song to song. There are some songs we are always anxious about because we are not sure wether the audience is going to like them. But there are some songs that we love that much that we simply know that people that follow our work are going to love them as well. And of course, after finishing every recording there is this feeling of relief and joy.

What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-The feeling of recording our music, something that we made, is absolutely amazing. For me personally, singing is the way to express my thoughts and feelings about things that is happening around us. Every word and every song has that emotion that I feel and I think that people can hear and feel that too when they are listening to our music. And if you ask me, that is really important thing.

Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-That’s true. Our way is mostly trough social networks like Facebook, Instagram and of course YouTube. We are paying sponsored ads in order to reach as many people as possible but it’s not that cheep. We also contact a lot of metal magazines and portals to help us, so yes, thank you for helping us to promote our band by doing this interview with us! Also, live playing helps a lot when promoting your band!

Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-Some sub-genres are colored in some ideologies and if a band is identifing with some ideology I would say that tagging with sub-genre is pretty important in that case. But on the other hand labeling a band with a genre is more important to audience and subcultures than bands themselves. Personally I would like for all of the metalheads to unite under just metal tag, but in real life metal lovers are often divided by sub-genres.

What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-Of course! Sometimes playing in a metal band becomes a huge part of our identity and knowing that there are people playing in metal bands all around the globe makes us belong to a much wider community and gives us the feeling of beloning somewhere. We often feel like that when playing abroad because you get welcomed by people that you don’t know anything about except that music unites you.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-We live in a visual world, and by each day that visual part becomes more important. Art work sometimes gives us the hint what to expect from a record. It needs to perfectly represent a band’s work and invite the audience to put it in a music player.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-Label gives band more legitimacy than selfrelease, and in that case it is important. But looking at the music industry nowadays getting a label becomes less important because of the online streaming services and DIY tours that most of the young bands organize.

What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-Every gig and every concert we play is special on its own way and means a lot to us. But of course as every band, we like to play on big stage where is enough space for every one of us. One way or another, in the end the most important thing is audience. They give us that energy and adrenalin that move us. As long as they are enjoying with us it doesn’t matter if we play in some small club or at some big festival.

What lies in the future?
-We are currently planning to do one more music video before the album is realeased. So we are having a lot of promotional things for our first full length in the upcoming months. After that we are hoping for some more touring!

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