Check out this interview I did with SARPEDON. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
A. To make progressive metal, we just wanted to make music that we would listen to ourselves.
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?
A. I don’t think it’s possible to make original music anymore because everything has been done before. But we want/wanted to blend influences from different metal and rock bands when we make songs and putting our own Sarpedon stamp on the music.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
A. Of course it takes time to come up with riffs and arranges the songs, as well as learn the song well enough to be able to record the album without having to do many takes and then releasing the album. The goal is to try to release an album every 2 years.
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?
A. For us it doesn’t make a difference what the current trends are, we have no interests in just releasing single songs. Because we will not release any songs before we have an album worth of material ready. We don’t care if people have a problem with that, we make music for ourselves first and foremost and if other people like it that’s great too.
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? It’s very hard to make money as a musician now a days that’s for sure.?
A. I think that there are always going to be people that want to make music and want to be creative. So, I don’t think it’s going to disappear, but I do think that musicians must accept that there are very few that can make a living as a musician. So, the driving force behind the music is the love of making music that is the reason to keep doing it.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
A. We have gotten some positive and some negative response for our music. I think our music demands quite a few listens before things start to open up so people that haven’t invested time to listen to our albums don’t really get what the music is about. That we have a new vocalist on the new album has gotten the most attention.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
A. I don’t think we have had any surprising contacts 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?
A. Well I know a lot of musicians and metal fans and sure we all share that we all have what I consider so called good music taste. But I don’t see myself as a part of a great community. There is a lot of drama and intrigue in the metal community like it is with most groups of people and I avoid that as much as possible, so I focus on playing music that moves us (the members of the band). Music has made it possible for me to visit a lot of countries when touring, so I got to experience some very nice countries over the years.
What is the live scene like for you? do you feel that playing live helps build a bigger following?
A. Yes, it does because I think our music lends itself well to see and hear live.
What plans do you have for the future?
A. To play live shows and start work on material for our 3rd album.