SACRIFICING ELLEN

If you’ve followed me you know that I am a band name buff. So when I saw the name SACRIFICING ELLEN I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The main purpose for us was to not just be that band who plays on the weekends. We wanted to be the band traveling the globe as much as we can, and that is still our purpose today.

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’d like to say we haven’t really quite came up with our official sound quite yet. We do know the path we want to take in order to find it. We’d like to take the path of a more natural and live sound to our instruments instead of what a ton of Deathcore bands do. Which is making the sound of their instruments sound unrealistically tight to the point where it is impossible to replicate it live. (Although we still do enjoy those bands very much)

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 our very first debut single, it was very hard for us. My brother and I, Ryan who is on the drums written Populum Deformatum merely a year ago. We didn’t quite have vocalist at the time so we looked and looked and there was some who joined. They didn’t last for long because they were simply not committed. It wasn’t until October, 2018 that we found our current vocalist Caelin, who is very whole hearted towards the band and didn’t waste any time to get his vocals on the track. We believe from here it will be easier.

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?
-Doing recording digitally and at home is much cheaper and still allows you to sound absolutely amazing if you know how to do it correctly. We can still do albums and EPs no problem from home. Many bands in the metal scene do it.

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?
-We believe it may not exactly kill music. Where purchasing songs lack, we feel merchandise picks up. Although it does make CD copies harder to sell. Whatever the future is for music, we will be surfing right along with it and do whatever it takes!

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We get some good and some in between. Some people absolutely love our music as some respectfully have suggested some improvements mostly regarding our mix, which we are very thankful for. Our next single coming soon off our debut EP is a lot more up to date with our playing and we definitely be a step up from our current single out now.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We’ve got contacts from Indonesia and Australia and some other places across the world. We love how music has no boundaries and can reach listeners of many different places.

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?
-Getting out there in a band really does help make you visible to other players in the community. We have received so many requests from different bands to play with them live, which we hope to do very soon. Without the music, we would’ve missed out on all the publicity.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We unfortunately have not played live yet but we plan to play very soon and we hope it will help us reach out to many more people out there. We believe it is a very important thing to persue and we are preparing for it by the day.

What plans do you have for the future?
– Right now we are finishing up our next single on our EP. We plan to release that once we feel it is completely ready along with merchandise. While doing so, we are finishing the writing for our EP and will be bringing those songs to the studio immediately. Once all the songs are written, we plan to start touring small tours while in and out of the studio. Once the EP is dropped we hope for some longer tours. Expect many things from us this year!

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