In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with PHRENIA. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Well, that’s true. The funny thing is that our name actually came after the kind of music we’re making. We were looking for good band names, and Julian said that our music feels like if it was written by a schizophrenic musician, because we were constantly switching between metal and electronic sounds. That’s how the name Phrenia born.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We are jokingly said that disco-metal is our genre, but it’s not too far from the reality. We are an EDM/Trance/Metalcore crossover band, you can start jumping and start moshing at some parts, often in the same song.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Killswitch Engage probably. They had the melodies we were seeking without the synth parts of course. That has changed a bit since then, but you can hear their influence especially in our older songs.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-We live in the upper part of Serbia, which is called Vojvodina, and sadly, the metal scene here is really weak nowadays. Having an active scene is really good, because you can just jump in and if you’re making interesting enough music, people will start listening to your stuff. Having an inactive scene, or not having other bands, or anything at all starves out the potential base listeners so much they will attend on literally everything. For some, this is okay. The first one is obviously better.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We can say yes. It’s something that kicks us out from the grey, boring mass of everyday.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-The cover of our latest EP Perspectives was a perfect one for us. It’s a huge rubic’s cube, and there’s a portal below which exposes a reddish light from the other side. There’s even a man climbing at one side of the cube. It looks good, but if you look closer, you can see that something is happening, and it’s connected with what you’re hearing. I think the connection between the graphic of the album cover and the music is really important.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Definitely not killing, because with the new opportunities we can reach far more people. The problem is that it’s really hard to find the music you like and it’s hard to sand out of the sea of bands we have nowadays.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Having this much electronic parts in our music opened up a whole new group of people. The ones who like EDM and attends at electronic music festivals. We recently got an invitation to one.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-The party-part starts after we start playing. Everything before and after is more like a happening. You have to load in, load out, setup the sound, it’s more like a job. But it pays off as soon as we start playing. It really does!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would like to do a European tour. An American tour will be our dream came true, but you never know.