PERCEPTION

Depending on how you view things the PERCEPTION can be different. As can your metal. With so many different sub-genres it’s hard to keep track of them all. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-Simply put, we wanted to play metalcore and didn’t have any intention of going anywhere with it until we realised it was good fun and wanted to try and take it further. Our sound has only really just started finding it’s feet in our latest EP, however it’s matured further since then into something we’re very happy with.

As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-It’s hard to be 100% satisfied as a musician as you always want to push yourself further and develop your ideas more. The way “Collapse” turned out we don’t think we could have made it any better for what it is, given the circumstances.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-It was a bit of a cop-out name which was vague enough to allow us to do whatever we wanted with our music and still have a somewhat relevant name.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The way we look isn’t too important to us given the sort of music we play compared to say, what a pop artist looks like. That said, we do try to avoid looking to goofy or outlandish. We want the fans to not take our image too seriously; perhaps it’ll become more important in the future.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Artwork is always an important contribution to an album. It’s important for it to tie into the themes of the music to compliment the record.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It’s a double edged sword; you can easily reach out to anyone in the world who has an internet connection, they can listen to your music and you can interact with them. On the other side, it can be taken too far and people forget what else exists outside of the internet, which is just as important for getting people to listen to you. Radio and TV are still very important and some bands may focus too much on their internet presence.

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Yes, particularly with the sort of the music we play. In general, the UK metal scene is very positive and full of emerging talent. Other bands are very supportive in our experience and we like to think that we are the same.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-It’s difficult to say, as some bands seem to be able to do a lot on their own. However, when it comes to really investing to get on to big tours, paying for big production for albums and for physical distribution on a large scale, a label would be able to do those things whereas we cannot.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We tour whenever we can, and we’re hoping to build up traction off the back of Collapse to start playing more regularly. As for outside our borders, we’ve played Wales 3 times but haven’t ever ventured outside of the UK (although we’d love to do that!)

What will the future bring?
-More music, better music and more shows. Watch this space.

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