Are NEURONSPOILER the saviour of British heavy metal? I don’t know but I sure do enjoy their brand of metal. Answers from David del Cid Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
– I’m just glad it’s finally out! The album was actually recorded last year but it took us a while sorting out all of the details for its release. It’s kind of weird that we’re already thinking of material for a new album when we just had one out few weeks ago but we’ve been previously having a bit of spare time in our hands. In terms of music quality, we tried a lot of things we don’t normally do in this album – biggest example being the simplification in the songs’ arrangements – and therefore it makes Second Sight a fun album for me to listen to, I remember I used to go through the musical arrangements of our previous releases far too many times so by the time they were out I sort of suffered from listening fatigue with them. Second Sight on the other hand, almost feels like an album recorded by someone other than me and I’m definitely cool with that feeling.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-The greatest thing about our band name is its uniqueness, you can’t find anything else with the name Neuronspoiler anywhere!
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-At times it has been the only reason that has keep me going despite the many obstacles we’ve stumbled across. I like to think that the job I took on (for more than half of my life by now) is to get people feeling better about their lives with our music so every time we witness how much we mean to others, it’s like a guiding light that keeps me from losing the path and sight of the things that really matter to me.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We spoil our neurons with everything that encapsulates this band and our image is no exception, especially when it comes to live shows! To me, stage performance is that extra bit of information that helps conveying the message of our music, everything as subtle as your body language might let the bystander know of the mood, intensity or feel of a music passage so not using that to your advantage is just a wasted opportunity. I general, I think our band’s image just reflects how passionate and committed we are for Heavy Metal.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-If our cover art manages to catch people’s eyes in the music shops and leaves them with any amount of interest then that will be a total success in my book. So yeah, we put a lot of work in coming up with a cover that will be above the standard expected from the majority of Heavy Metal bands.
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?
-As with most things in life, it’s all about moderation I think, we use all of these websites but we don’t become obsessed with them so if there’s a down side to it I wouldn’t know as I’m very much the worst Facebook user out there, I only do new posts about once a year!
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Neuronspoiler is pretty much the only thing that gives meaning to my life right now and probably the best thing that will be left of me after I’m gone!
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-It is what it is, I never want to be that guy that says “things were better back in the day…” The harsh truth is that change is inevitable and I think it’s better to adapt to it instead of clinging to the past if you want to improve your chances of reaching your goals, having said that, there’s so much to be happy about in this day and age: many classic band reunions, the process of music making becoming so much easier with current technology, The Internet giving access to music from any corner of the world, etc. I’m mostly optimistic about the future.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We’re not as much a touring band as we would like to be and the reason for it is still unknown to us. We’ve spent endless hours contacting live agencies, promoters, festival organisers, etc. which have pretty much bypassed us through the many years we’ve been in this band. From my experience, it’s like there’s some sort of mafia culture going on with these people and you have to play the game within their untold rules, personally, I have given up chasing this dragon, life’s too short to deal with this depressive drama so I’ve been trying to focus on creating music which is my real joy. Sadly, few of my heroic band mates have been left dealing with this ugly side of the music business so I really hope they have better luck than I ever had with this.
What will the future bring?
– Hopefully more and better gigs, I don’t ask for much, do I? In any case, you can expect more music coming out of us soon enough!!!