Ever since the beginning serpent has represented the opposite of good but when the serpent comes in the shape bands like SERPENT SPELLS UI don’t really care. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band stepped onto existence out of sheer frustration and anger that we had living year after year in a jaded society bounded within its own strongly constructed prism of close-mindedness & hypocrisy. In situations like these, you ask yourself what can you do? There’s not much to do really so we resorted to angry music. The reason why we chose Blackened-Death is because we liked the possibilities that came along with it.
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?
-We struggle and try really hard for sounding original. Especially, with this genre, anything you think of doing has already been done & bastardized by numerous bands. All of us listen to varieties of music starting from Johannes Brahms to Jimi Hendrix haha, but I guess a band can never truly find their own unique sound if they settle for the first thing that pops in their head. So, we are never satisfied, never settling. We are always pushing ourselves beyond our abilities when it comes to composing.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Anything can be inspiring. Even bad songs! Nowadays, Literature and Art inspire us to write more music. It is comparatively easier for us to record music as we have sufficient gears at our disposal, but it is also hard in some cases because I believe we spend more time in composing than lots of other bands.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-I definitely think that is an issue. Plus some band produce their own songs where they put their tracks through several layers of artificial distortion (or perhaps they don’t know shit about producing) in order to sound ‘evil’. Don’t get me wrong, I too like a raw sounding album. But I’ve seen some bands take advantage of that and focus too much on the imagery which ultimately compromises the music itself. But as I’ve said before, we spend a lot of time on our songs and we don’t record unless we’re fully satisfied with it.
I for one feel that the change of 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 recorded music?
-Yes, we are no longer in the greek age where musicians were looked upon as descendants of gods and Music was considered the art of spheres. Music is slowly turning into a product which needs to be sold. However, there will always be people who crave good music, but I don’t think one can expect to make money out of recorded music anymore. Those days are long gone.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Till now, we have released one of our songs titled ‘Piercing the Cervix of Nehemah’. The response has been great & we are hoping for the same once the EP is released.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The most surprising contact that we have had so far has to be the review No Clean Singing did of our aforementioned track. It was randomly picked out and none of us had nothing to do with it. We rejoiced in the fact that our track got such exposure.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-No, we did not and neither do we need to feel like that. To be honest, we make music for purely selfish reasons. We do not feel the need to uphold the flag of our country/ scene etc. Having said that, we have always had well-wishers who have supported us from the very beginning and have inspired us throughout our journey.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Unfortunately, we haven’t had the opportunity to play in too many live shows but they certainly help build a bigger following and itself is a great experience for any musician.
What plans do you have for the future?
-For now, we are composing songs for a future release and focusing on building our discography. We haven’t decided what kind of release it’s going to be, but we are willing to experiment with our sound and who knows? It might sound completely different from our EP.