I am new to OMEGA POINT but they do sound interesting. Answers by Ristridi. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Well actually, as you can see, not much time has passed between my first two albums. Both of them were released in 2018 and that means that it doesn’t pose a problem that big to me.
Also I think that you have to stay true to yourself, so comparing oneself to “new” music doesn’t really make that much sense. You ultimately want to create something original and new. But nothing speaks against gathering new influences of course.
I usually just pick up where the last one left and try to put together an album that is of a similar style, but of course more developed than the last one.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-I try to make my music as emotional as possible. That goes for lyrics, the music itself and of course the artwork. OMEGA POINT is all about negative emotion, sadness, despair, anger or hate. I want all of that represented on the finished record. The first and second album don’t share the stylistically same artwork though, but in the future I will be happy to continue working with Danko_Designs from Austria, because he did a really good job on “Isolation”’s artwork.
Musically I try to stay focused on the same style while still continuing to develop it with new elements. It’s a hard thing to do, but you don’t always want to stay at the same spot, right?
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-I actually don’t come up with the lyrics myself – instead of one song called “Untergang” on the first album “The Descent”. I do so because I think that other people are better at writing lyrics and concepts than me. That’s why I asked Maxi Birkl to do the lyrics for the second album. It worked out great in the end and I want to continue like this in the future.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?*
-Well, for rising artists like myself or many of the little awesome bands out there it’s hard to keep things in a budget. That’s where you start thinking about where to reduce cost and reducing production cost like recording stuff yourself hurts the product the most in my opinion. So I think it’s not really about denying the fans a cool artwork, I think it’s part of trying to make ends meet and not put endless amounts of money in a product of which you don’t know how it is going to sell. I like records aswell, and it’s sad that the record market has plummeted as severely as it has. But on the other hand the internet makes it so easy to discover new music.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-Maybe by people who don’t know much about metal, but once you dive into it I think every open-minded person can recognize that it’s all about having a vent for your negative emotions. Also, talking openly about mental health issues is something that might become misinterpreted, but it actually never happened to me. Or at least people didn’t tell me.
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?
-I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I’ve discovered many new bands on streaming services, of which only a few have really blown me away. But they did, Tantara for example. Awesome Thrash Metal. I will definitely continue following them and visit a concert if they’re playing somewhere near. So from my personal experience there are positive aspects, as for example getting to know new artists that quickly. I mean it’s everybody’s personal decision if they want to be a fan or not, I don’t think that possibility is being denied the people.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-You know, I’m not only an artist but also a consumer. As a consumer I’m happy to say that streaming services entertain me a lot when I don’t know what to listen to because I’ve listened to the stuff I know way too many times. As an artist or a rising artist however, you have a big problem getting heard. It’s a must to be available everywhere and it doesn’t pay off in the end. So as an independent musician I would say, yeah, it poses big problems to independent musicians. You don’t get a lot of money out of it. You don’t get a lot of publicity. And it’s hard to get well-known. But let’s see what the future holds.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-OMEGA POINT is only a studio project, and I haven’t toured much with my previous bands, so I can’t really give a good opinion on that.
But wasn’t it always like that? Multiple band line-ups aren’t something new for me at least, and I like them aswell. It gives smaller bands the option to get out there and tour with the big bands, gain publicity and gain experience.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-I think of a lot of white paired with a few black elements. A backdrop with the figure from the album cover and side banners with the OMEGA POINT Logo on it, also on a white background. Much steam and a lot of passive lighting, from the back so you can only see the silhouettes of the musicians and not themselves. The lights would be in a cold blue for some songs, or in a strong red for some other songs.
What does the future hold?
-I’m just starting out studying “Sound And Music Production”, I’m continuing with my cover videos and I’m gonna produce some more bands the following months. So I won’t be bored at all. What’s gonna be going on with the world – I don’t know, I just hope that all the right-wingers in Europe won’t get even more popularity.