With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ØLTEN. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Each member wrote a list with 4 or 5 name and we do a choice together (yeah it’s a boring story). Olten is a city in switzerland and we have always thought that Ølten was a dark city, in fact that’a a beautiful city with lovely people.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-Bands like Cult of Luna, Neurosis and Breach are our main influences. I really like the swedish bands, they have something more that the other bands. Maybe that because they live in the darkness some month per years.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-We don’t think that way. When we write a song, the right speed is required by itself. So we never asked ourselves that question. And to be honest since I play music I play slow.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-Our music has always been recorded live with very few overdub especially for the guitar. So the albums are very representative of what we play live and how we play it. Our music is very live-oriented. And we want to keep that, I mean sometimes you hears a good records ans when do you see the band on stage it’s tottaly diferent and I dont really like that.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online?
-For us it is very important to work with the label. This has brought us a lot of professionalism for the release of the albums. We could never have done it this way without a label. Jona from hummus does an incredible job since we started working with him. We really love this guy but don’t tell him.
Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-No, it’s a good thing for underground music to be accessible to everyone very easily. The more you are listened to, the more people you have at your concerts!
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-There are a lot of good bands and also a lot of people who listen to them and that’s very good. And for me that can help small band like us , I mean some people can discover our music for free. And i’m pretty sur in 2019 that the 60% f them don’t wanna to pay for a band like us , but maybe i’m wrong….
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Good question! I think above all that a good cover should appeal to the person who comes across it in a record store. It should make you want to take it in your hands and go listen. To be honest it’ bit hard to answer at this question.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-I guess yes ! We are a part of the national scene, There are a lot of good bands and fantastic concert halls in Switzerland. And to be honest we are lucky guys. The venue in sweitzerland are always incredible I mean when do you play you have , good food, good sleeping , people who cares about the band and many more….. I’ts not the same case on different country.
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?
-It goes with the rest. These platforms give easy access to your music and therefore much more visibility. For us the majority of the records are sold at concerts so the more people there are, the more records we sell so it’s quite positive.
What lies in the future?
-Marc and Chris are currently workin on a new project with two swedish guys. More shows in europe better shows, more tattoo, pizza, you’ll see.