Okay! I have no idea what alternative metal is all about. Alternative to what. But that is what Finns PEEKABOO PRIMATE are being described as. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-After existing few years as Airhead it was clear to me that we needed a new title. As we released our debut Peek-a-boo Primates back in 2011 I just knew that it would serve as a band title as well and so it did. The name Peekaboo Primate combines a joker like wackiness with a more serious interpretation. This schizophrenia describes perfectly this modern world and the contradiction we all face in our everyday lives. Now thinking back I can’t imagine more suitable name. It pokes your imagination in just the right way.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have?
-I think it’s the ever lasting interest in a variety of sounds, feelings and life it self. You pick up these little bits and pieces over the years and work on the ever evolving vision accordingly. Of course it’s also the equipment, members, vocal sound etc. that makes the whole cake but for me a major factor has always been to look ahead and follow your heart. I get bored very easily so i’m always experimenting with all kinds of things that hopefully leads to music at some point. The risk is epic fails but I’m certain that it’s the only way in creating anything progressive and innovative.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-I love both worlds and especially the slow stuff. I feel that with up tempo songs you can pretty much just let it all go and not think about. This often results in these “in the moment” riffs, songs and lyrics that represents a free flow of thoughts, raw power and “in ya face” -feelings. Down tempo stuff is a bit more tricky since you can display pretty much anything. People have more time to dwell in what ever you decide to put in the song. This is something you have to contemplate in more deeper levels and I just love it – you simply have more space to create these amazing worlds with sounds and rhythm.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-I think we have the kind of stuff that goes well with small and medium clubs. But also I really see us in big festivals bouncing up and down the crowd.
Everybody seem to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording. What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-well, basically I’d like to get shit done more efficiently but releasing the same boring stuff over and over again is an absolute no go. Never the less my aim is to streamline the production so that all the building blocks will slide in smoothly. One approach to this is releasing only singles and this is a concept I like as it fits our diverse style. The thing about creative work is that often times you can’t force it so it comes when it comes. Another thing is the amazing amount of material out there completely lacking substance as if music is just another commodity for mindless people and unfortunately in many cases it’s just that.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-In our case, extremely hard but it’s all due our diverse material that has been searching it’s core for as long as I remember dabbling with music in general. This is also something why I recent the genre thinking. It’s really a challenge to be unique and to find your audience. The metal heads for example wine about everything sounding the same but when you go cross over it’s suddenly something they can’t understand. Hard or not my vision aims to break through the traditional ways of thinking music and genres and that’s the way it is then.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great
-I guess it’s just an over all snapshot of the album. The initial feeling that you get when you listen the album through and read the lyrics and what that represents.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for music in your country?
-It’s great that Finland has an awesome metal scene and it has been that way for many years now. Having said that I still feel a bit detached and think that Peekaboo Primate is probably not the cup of tee for most metal music fans. But a country this size it is certainly not that hard to stick out from the black mass of averageness and there are some new acts popping out here and there that I really like so I do have high hopes for the future.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-It’s a mess really especially in modern times. Basically you’d have to be everywhere all the time with a lot of money and brilliant material to get your stuff through, then again if you have made ya name back in the day, you can pretty much release what ever shait and it’s cool..haha. I guess the best thing is to be unique and focus on doing your own thing and eventually people will notice. The one thing we certainly have enough is generic copies of something else, it’s phenomenal really. I think there is plenty of room for unique acts that really have something new to say.
What does the future hold?
-I really feel that we’re going to focus on the single concept for now and take it from there. Currently I’m storming out to finally combine the two worlds I have been battling with. The traditional band and the realm of synths, samples and machines. It’s gradually getting there but I’ll assure you the outcome is sure to be something that makes us the name we deserve!