I am not the greatest Fantasy fan but PANDEMONAEON got that vibe to their name that I had to check them out. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
What is this band really all about?
-Pandemonaeon draws its inspiration largely from myth, dream, and the natural world. We use a lot of Pagan themes in our songs and are fascinated with the idea that there are or could be underlying worlds beneath our everyday world, and that we can enter these worlds through the portals of symbol and story. We take inspiration from the idea that there is a kind of magic to the world that we have lost as part of losing our connection to nature, and that we can catch glimpses of this magic through our dreams.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-I haven’t noticed it. I think, if folks like you music, they don’t care where you are from. Only that you have inspired them in some way.
When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-We try to play out as much as we can when releasing a new album, so that folks will come experience a live show while the music is still fresh in their minds.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-I think the biggest challenge is to make sure you are always growing, trying not to repeat yourself and getting stuck in your songwriting habits. It is very tempting to return to a groove you particularly liked, but if you want to consistently put out really good songs, you have to be vigilant about making sure you are challenging yourself as an artist. Your audience may not think it is a really good song if you are using the same formulas three albums later!
Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-I like both. Digital is certainly very convenient!
With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-We call our sound “Gothic Tribal Folk Metal”, and “A dark tribal faerytale in folk, rock, and metal”. Our fans have also referred t our music as “Music for bellydancers is combat boots”. We like that one!
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Since I am the lyricist, I’d say, very important! We do like to use evocative poetic imagery to paint a picture win the minds of the listeners.
What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Great album artwork is essential for any band, in our humble opinion!
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yes. It is great to see people singing your lyrics in the audience!
What do you see in the future?
-We are definitely due to record another album. And we have recently started our own music festival, called Hexenfest. We don’t tour as much as we’d like as a full band, as there are 6 of us. So with Hexenfest, we can bring fans to us. We will want to grow this, as well as tour more as a full band. (Winter and I tour as a duet pretty regularly).