REZET is an odd name in my book but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to know more about the band. Interview answered by Ricky. Anders Ekdahl
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?
– I just wanted to play guitar and follow the style that I liked so much, which was at first the early Metallica. It later developed to the whole Thrash Metal thing. Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus and so on followed. We were just kids who wanted to make music and had no idea about doing it the right way, so as being teenagers, it wasn’t easy at all, but at the same time we had no pressure because we didn’t even know ourselves where the journey would be going to…
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?
– I think you are never 100% satisfied, at least when you are a musical perfectionist as I am. But I think we really made the best record possible with “Reality Is A Lie” at that time. We are still very satisfied with the result!
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 is an alteration of the verb “reset”. To reset something, to change something. At first it meant the change of the current Metal scene, when we formed the band, for us. We were so annoyed by all the Nu Metal and whatever poser stuff that we wanted to “reset” everything to the start and continue when bands were great, which was the 80s for us. Later the name also referred to reset mankind in a way. The song “Rezet To Zero” of our second album “Civic Nightmares” explains a world after World War 3, where everything will also reset to the start again.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
– That’s a hard one. In Metal the image is always very important but can be so ridiculously over the top. We are just a Speed and Thrash Metal band which roots are based in the great era of the 80s. At the same time we know we are no time machine and don’t want to set us limits ourselves. We don’t pretend something, like all those “evil” guys out there. We are who we are, and that’s about it.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
– Very important. It’s the first impression one gets when they see your album. But as I said in the question before as well, there are bands who just don’t know the limits, in my opinion. I don’t like overloaded stuff but at the same time I like details. I like it old school but not like it’s out of the 80s when it isn’t even. I like to have both, because I also don’t like hyper animated graphic stuff, you know? The artwork should give an explanation of what music you are about to listen to when you put on 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?
– There is a downside for sure and you already named it: if you don’t follow those trends you are not next to the bands who do it immensely, which is really sad. We try to to keep our fans up to date but are not 24/7 online guys who update every breathe we take. We are musicians, not IT pro’s.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
– I think the bigger the band is, the bigger this feeling is, yes. I know guys who are in a band for only that reason and not for the music. Very lame if you ask me.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
– It’s not as important as it was years ago. A good label will pay your recordings, pay you for the sold units and most importantly, promote the hell out of your release. Sadly, most labels don’t do that anymore and just want to make quick money with you. Sometimes you earn more if you do it all on your own, but on the other hand you miss a lot of business and promo contacts some labels have. You should pick your record company very wisely if you consider it not releasing it on your own…
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
– Well, it was never hard for us. People always wanted us. Sure, in some regions they want you more and if you toured there succesfully, they want you back and in other countries not. Check out our live schedule and you’ll see that we tour more than most bands on our level. Right now we are touring 6 weeks as special guests for legendary ANVIL. I think this year we toured at least 10 weeks in total, I think it works pretty good for us!
What will the future bring?
– I hope only good stuff! We are doing this tour with ANVIL now, try to come home safe and write new material to release a new EP in early 2017. We have a lot of plans and our quest has just begun!