PANZER SQUAD is a German death metal band that is here for you to discover if you haven’t done so already. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-The name Panzer Squad has proven to be stupid enough to keep people interested I guess. When talking about band logos, fonts can be more important than many seem to think. If your logo looks like 2000s metalcore, don’t expect to attract many oldschool fans and vice versa. In the end it depends on what you want and who you want reach with your music, but you should be aware of the impact that a band name and logo design can have on the way people perceive you.
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?
We ware always glad once we are finished recording or producing something and then just look forward to the next thing coming. If people like it, that’s of course cool, but we are not really anxious about anything.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-Having a professional working with you helps a lot. For me (Tobi, git/voc), singing and playing 3 guitar tracks within 3 days was very exhausting, the rest of the time we were busy drinking beer and playing video games.
Our main thought was probably „We hope we can finish this in time“ as we were on a pretty tight schedule, but it worked out well enough.
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?
-Be honest and don’t act like all other bands just because all other bands do. Posting funny shit apart from concert pics and „thank you“ statements can sometimes be refreshing, at least for us it has proven to help. Basically, the less fucks you give, the better. Also it is pretty important to be active in your scene, stay in touch with other bands and organize shows etc. That helps much more than any online presence and facebook posting ever can.
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?
-It’s not important but it helps people with finding your music. Also it has become a means of self promotion as it automatically compares you to bands that also identify with said sub-genre. On the other hand, it’s a way of differencing oneself from bands and stylest hat suck. For some poeple it’s especially important to identify with a certain sub-genre (think trve cvlt Black Metal guys) – we personally don’t really care that much.
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.
-For us in Germany, the „scene“ that we move in is mostly the crust/punk/underground metal scene though the punk and metal scenes around here have mixed quite well throughout the last years. I’d say that it is very important to be active in your local and national scene, visit concerts, get in contact with people, … but I would not say that we are in any way proud of it or feel special about it. It’s simply part of being an active band I suppose?
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?
-Artwork is of course very important, as it ist he first thing that people will se before actually listening tot he music in most cases. It has to fit the music and support the general tone and message, thus represent the band. Picking the cover artwork for RUINs took quite a while, we are happy with how it turned out!
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’s totally awesome that people can easily share their music, no matter how well produced it is. There can never be too much music around! Bandcamp and Youtube have somehow become what used to be tape trading, just cheaper and faster.
The label helps a lot with promotion and we feel that just on our own we would not be able to reach that many people. So yes, compared to our situation a year ago, having a proper labelt hat supports you is a great help.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-Ugly, dirty, sweaty! We’d choose small places and packed with people over sterile, large metal venues any day.
What lies in the future?
-Our album release on August 31st, a small tour in October, afterwards probably world war 3 and later aliens and stuff.