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 OFDRYKKJA. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-It is one aspect of the entire essence of the band. We found the name Ofdrykkja to fit the theme of where our journey started in somewhat a bottomless whole and could be translated as intoxication. That fit what we were back then and is a part of our history of growth.
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?
-This album has been a long process stretching over a long time period. I think we started recorded in early 2018 and finished now recently in autumn 2019. It has taken this long time because this is the first album we truly has worked together as a organised team to create this. Much of the effort has been to get everybody aligned and understand the core of the atmosphere and fit the concept to our reality right now. It has been a massive communication behind every track. So to be finished with everything is of course nice but also mixed feelings into it because it has been a huge part of our lives the last year so it leaves a little bit of a gaping whole afterwards. But generally very pleasant to leave this further for the listeners. We hope they will like it, but thats is not up to us anymore.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?>
-I find the paid recording sessions mostly stressful to get everything right with the foundation of the sounds and all in right order under a time limit. We have complimented a whole lot afterwards in our home studio to create an atmosphere with acoustic guitars, strings and electronics and vocals into the tracks and there it has been giving more time for experiment to get the right atmosphere and feeling into it.
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?
-We use several platforms to promote ourselves and use our own photo arts and video works too to reach out to the audience. But in this stages there are also several people involved in this process. We have our label that works much as a manager to help us in the promotion part.
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?
-In a practical sense it is often more easily to reach out to the people we want to reach by tagging our music into a certain sub-genre. It can be helpful to narrow it down to specific characteristics of the music so it is easier for people to understand sort of what they will get of us. The metal tag would just be too broad but can be used as well as a complement when you don’t need to define it so specificly.
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.
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.
I remember the death metal and black metal scene back in the 90s too. I feel it was different back than like an underground movement never reached the light and could keep the mysticism alive, which is the core of this kind of music. Nodays I feel there is no core anymore that holds it toghether. Thats why we see all this weird sub-genres, everyone trying to find their own way out. And that is what our journey with ofdrykkja is too. We don’t have any core to ralete to, but has used dsbm as a stepping stone when our lives fit that culture but as we progress it reflects clearly into our concept and music so Ofdrykkja will always change with us and I don´t really feel we belong to a certain scene.
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?
-The artwork is often the first thing you see and is of course important for the first impression. And also with art we want to describe the atmosphere of the music so it fit together. We do work much with our own photo arts and collaborate with different people for painting of cover arts and layout design. We are very proud to have to work with this talented people that helped us express the right atmosphere.
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?
-It has been great opportunity for us to work with Sven of Art of propaganda records who is very engaged in what we do and has a far more great experience of promoting music and networking. It is a huge benefit to work with a label that has the experience that you lack and I see a lot of benefits by having the music more free than it used to. It is more easily spread and the respons is instant. But it is also very hard to be seen and get exposed because there are so much out there.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-We are not a live band. It has been an early decision from our side. We do not have that motivation and lust to play live instead we focus on to create music with an atmosphere that is most enjoyed in your own self space.
What lies in the future?
-Up now is the release of our third album Gryningsvisor in november and get everything done surround that with merch and promotion. After that there is nothing scheduled but we have some spare material to work with when we feel to continue this journey.