I have tried to figure out what the name SECTLINEFOR actually means but I have come up short. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-I have big feelings of love for our latest record (Don’t Make This About You). I’m usually a very harsh critic of my musical self, but this album fills me with more joy every time I listen to it. It’s dark and it’s heavy, but I think it’s also really humorous. It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted Sectlinefor to sound like.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-People always ask this and I don’t know what to say. I think it’s an amalgamation of different terminology which has something to do with mechanics and surgery. Piton came up with it and I didn’t ask any questions. It’s grown on me.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means the world to me. It’s why we do what we do. All any artist wants is to reach out to as many minds as possible, so when people genuinely understand and enjoy what we are doing, then our entire existence as artists becomes further validated. I grow taller with each compliment.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-It’s a good question. We do have some concern with our image, for sure. I think we’re trying to find the perfect line between being taken seriously as musicians, but not taken seriously as people. We want our audience to see that we’re having fun, this is just music, nobody is going to die. There are far too many metal bands out there who play their music with this unwarranted aura of importance. I feel like it gives the whole scene an embarrassing reputation.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-The artwork is as important to me as the music itself. The audio needs an accurate visual representation because that’s what will stick in people’s memories. I am so particular about our album covers that I won’t let anyone else touch it. I have created all of our artwork thus far because I don’t trust other people to do a better job just yet.
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?
-It’s all good! Social media has made it easier for the whole world to connect and spread their ideas in flash, instant feedback with a click of a button. It’s an incredible time we live in when I can write a song, record it, and then get my friends’ opinion on it within a few hours. I don’t even have to leave my bedroom. I love it. I thrive on it.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-A little bit. When you make friends with other bands that you gig with, there is something special in that. It’s a beautiful part of the game. But you also meet a lot of arrogant musicians too, so it’s a mixed bag. I am probably one of those arrogant musicians that everyone hates, so I know what I’m talking about.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-The scene is awesome. Music has never been better, you just have to know how to look for it. There is more music coming out than ever before, which means that you have to push aside a ton of mud to find the good stuff. But when you locate those special crevices where the valuable music lies, there’s an abundance of it available in every genre. Nothing annoys me more than when people say “music was better back in the old days”. Even if that’s true, we still have that music! Plus we have the new music too! So we’re winning more and more every single year.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-It’s pretty difficult, hence why we haven’t left home yet. We’ve only gigged around the London circuit a bit. We’ve looked at international shows, but I don’t think it would make financial sense just yet. We’re just hoping our new album (Don’t Make This About You) explodes and then we get to go on more adventures.
What will the future bring?
-Honestly, I just want to make hundreds of albums. Thousands of albums! More albums than any other band ever! The way things feel now, I don’t see a single reason why not to. Otherwise… fame and money would be nice? But I’m still waiting to hear back from the Devil about that one.