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 NEX. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Hello! To be honest I do not really know how hard is it as our former lead singer came up with it. As far as I know he was inspired by famous Death band and Nex is nothing more than “Death” in Latin language.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-I think we have all brought our own Inspirations and turned it into “our version” of music. For me, the heroes that inspired me was Dave Lombardo, Zbyszek “Inferno” Prominski, David Silveria, Brad Wilk and many other great drummers. However, I am really into “self-development” so my list is still growing.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Of course, it absolutely differs. At first You have to play slow, learn. Only then you will be able to play faster and do not hurt yourself. It works the same when it comes to arranging the music. To be honest, I think that playing slower comes with understanding the instrument that you are playing on. When You grow musically you begin to realize that you do not have to play fast to make music sound amazing.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-We are definitely not a church band (Laughs). I think that we can handle in all the type of environment. In Russia we have played on the stage that was only able to fit my drumkit on it, guys (from the band) played in the crowd – no jokes!
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-Personally, I think there is nothing I could have done better, I did my part the best I could. I have improved my drumming since then, nevertheless It’s music and we are not machines. I believe we all did our best and now we move forward. The thing is not to be stuck in the past.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-You bet It is a filthy little b!*ch! Nowadays all You can do is to have fun while making music. There are many ways to promote Your music however not all of them are worth it. We try to simply choose the best option that fits best for the budget of guys with regular jobs, families and promote the band. Maybe someday, someone would want to promote us “big”.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-To me a great cover is simple, catchy, remarkable. That is it. You cannot satisfy everyone this is why we discuss the cover art inside the band and decide together which cover is the best for us.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the
development of new bands?
-I hope we are. We are not afraid to admit that we come from Szczecin, Poland. The last I heard, people in Szczecin knew us, so as the people spread around the country. We are really grateful that there are so many people supporting us and it is not only about local scene, people from other side of the globe support us as well. Back to the point, You have to start somewhere, and I think that the local scene is the best place to do it.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-It depends. Sometimes we played for hundreds of people and there were times where the only audience in the house were other bands that we played with. Music industry has changed, people would rather listen to you on Spotify than come to the gig or buy your CD. It is harsh but it is true. We forgot that going on a concert is not only about music that can be played anywhere today. It is about building a connection between people, between the band and audience. Creating a beautiful community. I have to admit that technology ate us. I still believe though, that people will wake up one day and start putting their real life in front of technology.
What does the future hold?
-I have healed my finger so currently we are back on the track. We want to focus on preparing new material and maybe play some gigs in between – For now nothing is confirmed but it would be nice to meet some of our fans live.