In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with SEER. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When you look back and see how far you have come what do you think of this crazy journey so far and where the heck will it take us?
-I don’t think we were expecting to release as much music and cover as much ground genre-wise as we have. There is a feeling now around the Seer camp that we have found ourselves, to a certain extent. Be hope to build on that.
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I’m not sure any of discovered we could play. We put a lot of time and effort into learning to write and perform music. It can be a real struggle at first. The amount of time you suck at music is usually very long. Maybe we’re still there…
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-Near the beginning of Seer was the first time for many of us that we really started to feel like people genuinely cared about what we were doing musically. When people care, they support bands with their dollar. We’re still far from making any substantial amount from Seer, but it’s nice when some costs are covered.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-It’s a strange time for music. The internet is a great tool for gaining exposure—and it has been good to us—but the industry is saturated. There are new ways to make money, but the old ways don’t work as well. Balancing the positives and negatives of being in a band in todays music industry can feel like a never ending battle, but here we are. Still doing it.
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-I hope that we can leave a mark on music in some way, and I hope that we earn it. If we can be remembered as a band who forged their own path and inspired others to do the same, that would be a honourable legacy.
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-I don’t think so. Soundcloud rappers may operate that way, but in our world, hype for release dates are still a thing.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-Image is important, we work to create an aesthetic that is unique to us. It’s constantly evolving but I think the foundations of our identity are solid.
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-The lyrical content for all our releases are part of the same story, but almost every song has it’s own self-contained theme or themes. Listeners who are interested in lyrics don’t necessarily have to have the bigger picture in mind to get something out of our songs.
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-We have spent a lot of time in the studio over the past four years, but we love playing live and hope to take our live show on the road in the near future.
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We haven’t done any touring outside of our province, but we plan to. We feel like our music and live show are now on the level where it would be worth it to bring to international audiences.
What does the future hold?
-We’re going to put the album out and see what happens. We’ve always been so focused on the next release that when a record comes out, we’ve moved on already. For perhaps the first time since Vol. 1, Vol. 6 is truly the current Seer release.