PAGANIZER need no further introduction. Having been around for what seems like an eternity and having released more records than physical possible to keep track of they are back with a new one. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it? Does the intention differ today after so many releases?
-Good question haha, well we started out as Temrinal Grip in ´94, and was just teenagers, so I think pretty much the intention was to play some heavy music, just like all the different stuff we listened to ourselves. Heavy aggressive music with angry lyrics, I don’t think it differs from what teens feel today either, and it certainly hasn’t changed for me over the years much either, rather the opposite as you get even more exposed to all the shit in the world which then feeds the need to play some angry music I guess.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It’s very hard I think, if you take it from the start. Then over the passing of years and years, eventually a sound that is your one will come along, pretty much by itself. I mean, I don’t particularly like my own sound in all ways, and would very much be able to maybe sound different, but this is the way I write music and the way I growl, so that’s how it sounds for me. Sure, many bands perhaps do their hardest to sound like other bands, but that’s stupid and don’t make for any good music in the end at all if you ask me. Who needs clones of something that already is around and sounds good?
3. I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Its very fucken easy i would say. I write a song, takes everything from then minutes to a few days depending on how much stuff is needed to be worked on in it really. And then we just try it out in the rehearsal room a few times, and then pretty much we can record it ourselves too, as we have basic gear for that as most bands these days have. So its easy stuff, always have been too, but sure its different for everyone, but this works for us as we play very simple music too.
Today technology allows (stresses) you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-Yeah I know, but we have done our own recordings since the start really, most underground bands does it. But what I don’t like is the trend, or it’s not even a trend anymore even, to release it digitally. We dont do that, we rather just record it for ourselves if the songs done end up on a real release. For me I think a physical release is the way to go, I’m old school like that, so I don’t feel the need to show my music around at all costs, like upload it everywhere. If it’s not on a cd cassette or vinyl, then we just save the recording for later use, or just put it away in some drawer instead.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-I agree with you totally. I think as long as there are people into music and who also cares about the genre and the artists and have genuine interest, then there will be a market for recorded music on real releases. But it might become smaller of course, lower prints and less bands getting the opportunity to release stuff, as it sells sell and less. But that’s just the way it is I guess, and you gotta accept that.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Albums sold much more ten fifteen years ago, and today they sell way less, but that’s cool, as the people who buy it are the ones who love it. We never expect to make money, so for us it’s never been a real issue at all. We get feedback from people who love the music, and when we play shows there’s lots of people there, so for us its just as we want it, always has been and still is. But sure, it would be cool with even more good response, larger gigs and stuff, but for the amount we have worked we are just at the place we expected us to be really, no more no less so we are very pleased.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I don’t know really… But the easiness that people can send messages is cool, if someone loves our stuff they can tell us straight away online, and that always feels great. And we have had many surprising fans over the years, people that you wouldn’t think listened to this sorta music, and that loves our music.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Yes ofcorpse, it’s a huge network, especially the past decade or two with the internet, it’s easy to get info and let people know stuff, and people are mostly friendly too, we have really never heard any crap about us, so we feel very much part of a community i would say.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It’s fun stuff, and we would like do play even more too as we don’t do it very often. But a few times a year we usually play Europe, different countries, and it’s always great. And I know that is where we lack too, if we would do more shows our following would grow, but on the other hand we are lazy fuckers haha.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Right now there’s a couple of cd EPs out, which we want people to check out. ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF HADES and AS SANITY DIES, as well as another EP called THE PORTAL on vinyl.
Besides that we are slowly working on the next album, which will be the first new full album we do since three or four years.
Bandcamp – https://paganizer.bandcamp.com
Official Site – http://www.tometal.com