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 SILVER DEVIL. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
– There are some mixed feelings. A small part of me think we should have done some things differently but another part thinks that what we have done is amazing. It’s about getting some distance, but overall, I think we got what we wanted from the beginning, maybe a little better!
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?
– Oh, there was no real reason for that. In a bar in Söderhman (where we come from) there was a shot called Silver Devil, very disgusting and above all green. It consists of tequila and peppermint schnapps, 50/50. We tasted it and from then on the band name was decided. Quite a lame story but the name consists.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
– It feels incredible that people from all over the world listen to our music. That means a lot and always gives an extra boost when you are struggling with everyday life just to get the band to stick together.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
– I think it is important to appear humble and easy to work with. It’s really the same with the fans. And I really believe everyone can relate to our texts and our message that dark thoughts are within us all and are a natural part of life. There are only different ways to handle it and our way is through music.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
– I think it is important, we unfortunately have a hard time finding collaboration with illustrators and designers who do not ruin us. We place the greatest importance on getting the albums out so that everyone has the opportunity to listen and discover us. But I think the cover of the latest album really represents the entire album’s content music as well as lyrics. We are constantly looking for new illustrators and designers to work with.
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?
– After all, it is very effective with social media. Unfortunately, none of us is a bigger fan of it privately. We started with Myspace which really worked well back in 2005. We try to get better on Instagram, Facebook and so on, we have a guy who handles it for us on command. The only negative thing about it is that it takes time to keep it alive with posts of interest and not just random stuff
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?
– Absolutely, it is one of the few things that society does not have a direct impact on. It feels like writing and creating music is completely lawless and it gives a feeling of freedom that makes sense to life … maybe the listeners feel it too.
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?
– I think it is healthy, many new imaginative songs are still being created in the genre. Perhaps because it is possible to create and record music in a completely different way now than before, you do not need a large company in the back to publish and share your music. You can do most things yourself and I think it is healthy for the creative part.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
– Not so much right now, we are still looking for a booking company that we can work with outside Sweden’s borders. Our goal is to find a collaboration in the US so we get the chance to do a tour. I think our music would suit the scene over there. Otherwise, I think it is difficult, it requires a lot of planning and you have to be out in good time to play in good places. Mn we have little plans for this so we’ll see where we end up.
What will the future bring?
– The future looks much brighter than the past. We have found a good partner in Mats on Ozium Records, which is a joy to work with. We are really looking forward to coming out and making more live shows. We have many editions that will come out in the future, so it does not take us seven years for the next album. You can be sure to hear from us in the near future. Keep an eye out for us, maybe will have a show nearby you soon.