PROJECTIONIST is a Black Metal/ DSBM band that I’ve just discovered, So I wanted it find out more about them. 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?
–LM; this band came together originally as a desire of mine to make a spoken word album to accompany my book of black metal poetry “Catharsis Spoke her Virtuous Evil”, The album itself got so large in scope and length that I began extracting the songs that were pure black metal with little to no spoken word on them and began fleshing these out as a separate entity. When that change occurred I changed the name to the Projectionist.
The sound itself is a natural progression from the original idea to a more focused and hateful product. Driven by the guitars of Parageist and the Priest
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?
–LM; I can never be satisfied, not with anything ever, but there elements that go well throughout the entire process. It’s akin to attempting to harness chaos. Each album I learn more what I’m looking for and the quality of the recordings improve. “Exalted Solitude” promises to be richer yet still as bleak on all fronts…
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?
–LM; the band name is meant to honor my grandfather, who was a Projectionist in Germany after the war. When applied to black metal I perceive it as a modern sorcerer, the Projectionist casts his will and his tale upon a darkened audience. A more subversive delivery of Satanic virtues.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
–LM; it is important in the case of our band to maintain an aura of mystique. We are characters in a performance and not representing the dreariness of daily life. Fear, darkness, these elements set the mood for what ritual music we make
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
–LM; much consideration goes into the visual projection of the music. It cannot misrepresent the album in any way. I’m fortunate in my web of contacts to know many great artists such as Jan Pysander Whitney, Sang ho Moon Teal Cereghino and Nick Boisjolie to join forces with in all my endeavors
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?
–LM; I find it useful in finding unique musicians to work with regardless of their geographical positioning. Such as my project out of Korea called Thy Sepulchral Moon… I disconnected myself from the online scene for personal reasons but it is a double-edged sword, You access a wider global fan base, however the number of fans who actively buy albums and merchandise dwindles yearly. If you want musicians to continue making art, support the ones who deserve it.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
–LM; at present, I couldn’t feel more detached. I make art with those I hold in esteem and think very little upon anything beyond that. I make black metal to please myself.
The idea of community is decidedly un-Satanic. We are all individual minds and not meant to partake in herd mentality.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
–LM; I deal with a few select labels. Each chosen for loyalty and taste over finances. They offer greater arms of distribution and networking. It does help having support compared to self releases. Shared cost is regrettably essential when making underground black metal.
Hails to Humanity’s Plague Productions, Appalachian Noise Records, True Plague Records, Hammerbund Records( Germany) and Signal Rex(Portugal)
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
–LM; when I was in Idolatry a yearly tour was planned and executed but now that I’m no longer in the band, my current projects will likely not involve touring. A few select festivals have been offered to the Projectionist and Diabolus Amator, we shall see what those yield.
The government does make it difficult to get visas to play out of country, the offers are always there though….
What will the future bring?
–LM; the Projectionist is unveiling the first full length “Poisonous Disengagement” on Nov 29th and we will spend the bulk of this winter into next year completing the follow up “Exalted Solitude” as well as languishing over our grand opus “Visits from the NightHag” which is to be a King Diamondesque concept album written in Shakespearean play format.