PLAGUE WEAVER is a Black/Doom metal band from Ontario, Canada. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Plague Weaver was created in 2018, the original idea was to create music in the vein of old school black metal – everything that happened before Norwegian BM. My inspiration was mainly mighty greek bands like Varathron, Necromantia, Rotting Christ. I added to this mix my other personal inspirations and influences and Plague Weaver was born.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I think it’s very hard to achieve an original sound nowadays – everything is more or less a continuation of something that was started years earlier. It feels as if the originality is reflected in the way the creator filters out all his musical inspirations and explorations. To get back to the sound of Plague Weaver, from my side I can only give you my inspirations for seeking the right sound for the songs. I certainly wanted to avoid a sterile sound, rather going for the more raw direction, like the dirt of Incantation “Mortal throne of Nazarene” and heaviness of Celtic Frost “Monotheist”.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-For me, the easiest and the funniest part is the beginning of the whole process – creating music, and the last part -mix/mastering. Between these parts it’s hard work to record every track. Releasing music is a completely different story – here it all depends on whether you work with some label or you do everything on your own – in my case the previous releases were self-released so there is also all the organizational and promotional work that can take a lot of time. To sum it up – what starts with a really nice fun way of creating ends with hard work.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Today’s technology allows for a lot – what I managed to do a few decades ago would not have been possible without a professional studio. But it looks to me like the choice between recording individual tracks and whole albums is an individual matter. I am a big fan of whole albums – I think that a single song can lose a lot of value if it is taken out of the context of the album, the order on the album, etc. Let’s remember that metal, just like rock, has always been a genre that put a certain lyrical and musical concept on a record, unlike today’s pop culture products, in which it doesn’t matter the least.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Very uncertain … Unfortunately, people do not understand that in today’s world everything costs money – music equipment, studio, etc. That’s right – for most musicians, it’s a hobby (expensive, unfortunately), but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to support them in these activities because it may turn out that the band’s record we’ve been waiting for impatiently will never see the light of day because of the mundane lack of money to finance the recording session. I think it’s a good idea that there are services such as Bandcamp, where the money goes directly to the bands.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-So far feedback is generally positive. People seem to like the atmosphere I’m trying to create in the latest EP. Reviews vary from good to very good and I’m really happy that no one describes us as a mediocre band with music sounding the same as thousands of other mediocre bands. About the thing that has gotten the most attention – its hard to say because for me everything is important, even like’s in Facebook
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-everything depends on the definition of a ‘surprising contact’. To be honest I spent so many years in the metal underground it’s hard for me to be surprised. We all have one in common – metal music so its never surprising to talk about it with someone from the other side of the world.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I think that in general metal is a tight community, no matter if you play in a band, organize concerts, run a zine or a label or just listen to metal. So I agree with that – I’m part of it. Most of my friends are in one way or another related to music, most of my free time I devote to music … Music has been an integral part of my life for many years, so I can honestly say that I would be a completely different person today if I did something different.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps to build a bigger following?
-I never had a chance to reproduce my work live with Plague Weaver. I’m still struggling to establish a full line up for performances. Hopefully, I will be able soon to play some live gigs, I’m looking forward to it.
It demands a different approach than a studio but creates whole new possibilities. For me, the live aspect of music was always very important and I’m sure that it helps to build a bigger following – its totally different aspect of music, you cant show it on records.
What plans do you have for the future?
At the moment I’m working hard on a new release – this time it will be a full album, you can expect it in the fall.
All other plans are about promotion and establishing a full line up to playing live…