Swedish black metal is synonymous with high quality. SEEDNA are no exception to that rule. With a brand spanking new album out now what better time than now is there to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Erik: Back in late 2011 when former drummer Emil and I started to make ideas come into reality we didn´t have a name for the band, we both wanted to play music that reflected our feelings. And a lot of what we did had kind of a lot of sorrow in it, so we thought that the name for the band should reflect that.
Loneliness was also a big part of the music we did and I was very interested in astronomy at the time. I came across this dwarf planet that was extremely far away in our solar system, it takes about 12-thousand years for it to orbit our sun once! It is called Sedna. So what better name to reflect sorrow and loneliness than the loneliest planet in our solar system. We added an extra “e” to the name because we thought it was more artistically appealing.
So it wasn´t very hard to come up with the band’s name.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
Johan: We are Seedna from Sweden and we are the creators of some dark atmospheric music which hopefully will resonate with some of the listeners.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
Gabriel: Mood swings.
Johan: I’d say it’s the feeling to be able to create something really dark, heavy and meaningful. The whole strive and struggle to move everything to the next step. The realisation and insight of how great it is to create new music. Music can be overwhelming when it’s about the feelings, and our creations of dark music have just barely started to scratch the surface. Maybe I should just describe all of this as straight and plain willpower.
Max: Yes, all of our individual differences and visions interfering with each other and clashing together. Held together by our determination.
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
Erik: It’s almost nonexistent, we have put up some shows ourselves so that we can play. But this music is hard to play live where we live.
Johan: There is of course more going on in the bigger cities like Gothenburg and Stockholm, than in the smaller towns… but there are metal fans everywhere and you can get a show almost anywhere if you really want to. You need some DIY-attitude.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Max: Connecting with big, great music brings me to another level spiritually. Sharing this with other people gives a special bond.
Johan: If you just keep playing you will eventually evolve a lot as a band, maybe at the same time get more recognition and attention. So I feel there is at least something bigger, which is all the listeners. And to get to share the whole experience together, that’s the real beauty with music.
Erik: I would not say that it feels like we are part of a movement, but I do feel a great connection with my band mates and other people we meet when we are at gigs and do shows. Almost as if you get a best friend every time you meet someone that likes the same sounds as you do.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
Johan: If your band ain’t got something to do with birds and bees, I’d agree. A great album cover could be anything really, because it’s a rather subjective thing. So to all the visual artists I’d say that they can use their artistic freedom fully and do whatever they want, express whatever, go nuts. At the same time remembering that people are going to react to it.
Erik: Something simple that has a deep meaning and is relevant for the album, it must not be anything you get right away but maybe after you have listened to the album a couple of times. If you over time realise more and more how the music and the album art gets together the better it is.
Max: It could be simple, it could be extremely detailed. As long as it captures the feeling of the music, is aesthetically pleasing and grabs and keeps your attention. Letting your fantasy fill in the blanks.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Gabriel: The digital platform is great to find smaller bands. It gives bands a bigger chance to reach an audience.
Max: Digital is here whether you like it or not. Before the internet there was tape trading and the likes. So piracy isn’t really worth fighting. People will share stuff and if it is good enough and spreads to the right people, they will buy the merch, support you and come to shows and so on. So I don’t really bother about that. Putting my energy in the art instead.
Johan: It won’t kill music. Shouldn’t there be more people than ever having access to music right now? I still get why someone would be worried about this, but it’s going to be fine.
Erik: I don´t think digitalisation is killing music, it has never been this many bands available as it is today and a lot of that is because you can reach a lot of people with the internet. The amount of interesting and awesome music you can find on internet is beyond comprehension. The positive thing that digitalisation gives is far greater than the negative in my opinion. I do however love the physical copies of music and I think there will always be a place for physical material.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
Max: I think venues are uncertain about booking a band like us. Nothing about us to get a party started. However, people who have seen us live have commented positively, thinking we are more like a deep inner experience than a standard rock n roll gig where you get drunk and party. People from very different musical backgrounds who aren’t even into metal has appreciated our music. The right mood and atmosphere has to present in the venue and in the minds of the audience, to really connect with bands like us.
Erik: It is not very big to be honest, the atmosphere that we bring and bands that play similar music is rather specific. It can also be hard for the listener to get into this kind of music, but the people that do get into it appreciate it a lot. The best live shows I have been to is in small places with people almost standing on top of each other because it is so small.
Johan: I would describe the metal-scene as somewhat stagnated in our smaller towns. But these things change all the time. Sometimes it just means that we have to be the initiative and do it ourselves.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Erik: It is a happening, or more like a theater of sort. We want the crowd to be mesmerised by the sound, and bring something visually that will not be forgotten.
Max: We are doing our thing on stage. We don’t small talk between songs. We just get into the mood and perform our music. How the crowd wants to react is up to them.
Johan: We will show you our depiction of darkness. Which doesn’t sound party, but it could be.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Gabriel: Festival gigs has always been appealing to me and more great albums.
Erik: A lot of live shows for us to perform and spread our darkness.
Max: Aside from getting us out in the world I want us to always continue to develop further. Not fall into the sad state of looking back in lack of inspiration and try to recreate past versions of ourselves.
Johan: A lot of time in the studio.
Seedna would like to thank Battle Helm magazine for having us.
We released our latest album “Forlorn” on July 15th through Transcending Obscurity Records (www.tometal.com). If you are interested, check us out on the following links: