This week I am doing a Inverse Records interview special. If you haven’t checked out the quality metal this Finnish label brings us now is the time. I present to you REKOMA. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We make music for the joy of making it and for ourselves. If someone else gets something out of it we have succeeded even better.
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?
-It actually comes pretty easily ‘cos the band members are all individuals with different backgrounds and everyone brings something of their own into the process. Of course we have our own favorite artists that influence on our music but there are so many its hard to name a few.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Well, it usually starts with heavy drinking and a trip to Valhalla (liquor brand). On the next morning you can hear the drums and…. 🙂
Actually, when we start making a new song it’s based on a new riff played by one of the band members. When the new riff is introduced everyone starts to bring their own elements to it.
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?
-We do think that is a risk but not for us. We like to do things “old school”, there’s nothing wrong with traditional ways. Full length albums are better in our opinion. It’s easier to get the “big picture”.
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?
-Music can’t be killed, it will live forever. Maybe you won’t get paid ridiculous amounts of money from music in the future but there will always be bands who play their music from heart, not for the money.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We have got some nice feedback from our audience about our evolving style and sound.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I might have a vague picture in my mind that its the police ;). We have had few contacts from abroad but nothing worth mentioning so far.
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 could write a book about this but ill keep it short. Part of a greater community? Definitely! Everyone has some way of getting out of everyday life and this our way of doing so. making your own music is disconnecting us from all the BS we might face. You could say its therapeutic.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Audiences should be bigger but I think that’s the only way of making real followers. If you never play live you cant give the full amount.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We have evil schemes about world domination and unicorns..
And of course to play more live gigs across Finland and hopefully Europe. We are also looking to put out music video in the future.