This is another one of the bands that I have no idea what they are all about but I wanted to interview because of the band name, ODDHUMS. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
Will – We’ve been working on new material for several months, and the response to our first EP has been more than satisfactory for us. We hope to be able to reach as many people as possible with our next release.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity?
Will – It would be fair to say that. Given the short time we’ve been playing together, it can be said we are still consolidating our sound. But the way forward is now mapped out and probably our next work will follow the steps of The Inception.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
Will – Not really. It was clear to us that we wanted to sound dense and forceful, moving away from the standards as much as possible. To have our own sound was and still is the most important thing to us.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
Will – In our songs, we attempt to give the same weight to every element, but obviously the lyrics have to go with the music. The subject matters vary greatly, from futurism to sci-fi or existentialism. Writers like Beckett and H. P. Lovecraft are very present.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
Will – Artwork is a fundamental piece for us, and from the beginning it was clear to us that we wanted to work with Procesonegro Art Studio. We love all their works, we are all friends and we all come from the same city. It was the natural step to take.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
Will – We think that all people involved in a music release are important, and all must be willing to work with enthusiasm in the same direction. In that sense, the record label is a key piece. We always try to work with record labels that feel genuine passion both for music and their work.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
Will – We must be aware that the rules of the game have changed. Today, people have instant access to thousands of bands from different parts of the world. Besides, in Spain it’s doubly difficult because it’s very hard for a band to try to get a tour that meets the minimum conditions. High taxes, poorly set up venues, and increasingly smaller audiences are all major issues. In this context, for rock bands it is very difficult to work professionally, which makes the work of all those who decide to play music in this country doubly praiseworthy.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big? Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
Will – I think I’ve already answered to your question in my previous answer, so please forgive me for repeating myself. We hope that one day rock music will be treated everywhere in the same way as it is in the USA or the UK. Only then all the bands will be able to play in equal terms regardless of their origin.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
Will – As I said before, the business has changed dramatically. As a band, we’re not especially fond of platforms business models like Spotify, but as users we understand that it is an easy and reasonably cheap way to consume music. Anyway, these are the rules and we must stay within them, keep on fighting to get a place and work honestly for making the best music we can for ourselves and our fans.
What does the future hold for you?
Will – I don’t know. We want to record new stuff early next year at Black Bunker Records, and if things go well, we’ll try to make an European tour. However, for the time being, the only certainty is that we will continue to make music in one form or another because that’s what we want to do. And I want to thank you guys for the work you’re doing here. Cheers!