SIRENIA is one of these bands that don’t really need any sort of introduction. Answers from Morten.Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Never thought of that before, but yeah it’s hard to tell just by the name. I have always been fascinated by mythology, and the name is coming from Greek mythology.
Are there still people not familiar with SIRENIA and how do you introduce them to the band?
-Well, I am sure there are still lots of metal fans out there that still do not know of us. I guess most of the people that are into our genre has heard about us, but there so many genres out there, and so many into metal music. We ‘d love to reach to to more fans for sure. Internet is a good promotion tool these days, but I am also a beliver in the old school concept of being on tour a lot. And of course playing festivals is a great way to reach out to more fans.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Very hard to just mention one certain influence, as our whole musical concept is based on mixing so many genres of music together. At one point in my early career I discovered the band ‘The sisters of mercy’, and their sound inspired me to go in a darker musical direction. Before this discovery I was into rock n roll bands like Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper and AC/DC to mention a few.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There used to be a quite big scene in Stavanger, but I am not really a part of it any more. I hardly ever go out to concerts, local bars or that kind of stuff anymore. In the beginning of my career I used to do it all the time, and I knew all the bands around at the time. Now i hardly know if there is any bands around locally any more, I am sure there is though. But there is especially one local band that has made it big, that is ‘Kvelertak’. Awesome band.
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?
-I always enjoyed playing in a band, and music has given me lots of great friends and I met so many interesting people through the music. Also the feeling of working in the studio and performing on stage is something unique. I could not imagine a life without it.
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?
-We’ve used birds on the album covers several times, but never bees. haha. Everything is possible if it is done the right way. A great album cover to me is a cover that makes you think, dice deeply into thought. And the cover needs to reflect the feelings and emotions of the music, there needs to be a strong link between the two.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-To some extent the digital format is killing, but it is not all bad. Digital has some upsides too. But at the moment it might seem like the downsides are dominating. That being said I am from the old school, I love the physicla format.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Definitely not the biggest scene in metal, but there is a scene for sure, so far it has taken us to many countries and continents. I am still hoping for more countries though, I love travelling to new places and perform our music to new listeners.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Playing live is a very special thing for sure, the party usually comes after the show. It is an electric thing to exchange such intense energy with the fans during a concert. It is hard to describe it, it has to be experienced. I have experienced it so many times from the stage and in front of the stage, I love both.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-There are still many new countries I would like to go, and there are so many places I would like to return to. i hope that we will be able to go touring for many more years to come.