SECUTOR is a band that despite having been around a while now are new to me. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Back in 2009 we were just searching for a new name when I saw a documentary about gladiators on TV. They presented the gladiators Retiarius and Secutor and I thought „Secutor sounds wicked!“, so next rehearsal I suggested it as a new name for the band and we all agreed. We’re all very interested in the classical antiquity and there and then we make lyrics inspired by history, so luckily the name still fits in with the music and the lyrical themes and we got nothin to regret regarding our bandname.
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-That’s actually something that I think is quiete special about us. Even though we’re in general a Thrash Metal Band our influnces originate more from other Metal or Hard Rock subgenres. Thrash surely is an influnce but not as important as someone would assume. That’s probably the reason for our, hopefully, unique and diverse sound. We just like to play it fast!
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-In the beginning it was just a friend and me with a 10W Amp and a small drumset for children in the gardenshed at my grandmas house fooling around. It was fun so we decided to form a real band and completed the line-up. It took us quiete some time, line-up changes and new starts to find our sound as it can be heared today and it’s still evolving, yet we try to stick to our core elements of oldschool Metal.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Maybe that’s the direction the listening habits go to today but we stay with the album format. Beside us simply favouring and defending the „old“ format it would be too expensive for a band like us to go to a studio for recording and releasing single songs. The big advantage of making old school music is that the fans also like it oldschool and prefer full-length CD’s. Nevertheless at some points you have to go with the time, so the Stand Defiant and probably future releases will also be available on online platforms.
What will the future bring?
We got two big things ahead of us. On December 29th we will record a live DVD with Steelpreacher and Dragonsfire in the JUZ Andernach. It will be a hell of a night! The other thing will be the next album. We’re in midst of songwriting and aiming for mid 2019 for the release, but only if we’re satisfied with the material. Otherwise we will take the time to create a good album instead of pushing out some mediocre songs just to release something.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-The most important thing in our music is our identification with the music itself. We all have different influences and tastes in music and that’s what you’re getting when you listen to Secutor stuff. We don’t force ourselves to just write Thrash songs because we’re proclaimed as a Thrash band. When you listen to our Album „Stand Defiant“ you will see that there is more than just Thrash Metal in it. Lot’s of Rock n Roll attitude, razor-sharp Heavy Metal riffs and sing along parts for banging your heads and that’s what we wand to convey to our fans.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The artwork and layout is a very important thing in the progress of writing an album. I think it’s useful to do the songwriting at first and when you’re finished with it you can think about „how will our artwork look like?“. You have to consider yourself that you first need a title for your Album , so you can get inspirations of how the artwork / layout could look like. A artwork should always be a kind of an eyecatcher, it has to get you, you need to feel something when you see it. For me, an album with a bad artwork or layout is no longer interesting at first sight. I often choose albums by looking at the artwork at first and most of the times I don’t get disappointed by choosing like that.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Since social media is part of us every single day it has changed promotion of music aswell. We do have an Instagram and a Facebook account but we’re not that active on Instagram so we mostly just use Facebook for promotion. Spreading the word for concerts, giving our fans the opportunity to check out some live videos from past shows, getting asked for playing gigs and provide information about our recent progress in writing new songs. But for us it’s still important to go out and do the promotion in pubs or concert locations by spreading posters and talk to people by ourselves. Because every promotion is a good promotion!
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Well, playing in a band is always a nice feeling but we don’t see ourselves as something bigger or better. We see ourselves as part of a certain scene and there are some bands that we love to share the stage with because we got a great connection to each other. Playing in front of a crowd should always give you goosebumps, it’s like a drug to us. We love to play gigs and delivering the Metal to the crowd, because that’s what we want when we are on concerts seeing other bands perfom. We are still Metal fans by ourselves without airs and graces.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Unfortunately we didn’t had the chance to play a tour yet but that’t something we strive for. Playing gigs is the most important thing about making music and which band doesn’t like playing gigs? A good live performance is probably the best way to spread the word about your band.