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 SISTERS OF SUFFOCATION. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-It was hard to come up with a name. It took us a couple of weeks to choose. The name is not that important to us. We were 17/18 and wanted a Death Metal sounding band name, haha. I think people know that we make Death Metal by looking at our band name so it worked out good!
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-My favorite singer is Brody Dalle. She influenced me by doing something more raw and less “pretty”. Death Metal wise I love Gorefest, At The Gates and Bloodbath. I think they influenced me in the type of music I wanted to make. When I started learning how to growl I listened to a lot of Death Metal vocalists and tried to do what they were doing. That’s how I figured it out. After that I started training for a sound that I loved. I love low growls the most.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Of course, with different tempo comes different atmosphere.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-I think both kinds of venues suit our music. We just make straight to the point, heavy Death Metal. I don’t really think the environment makes much of a difference. Of course it’s a different experience seeing us on a festival in the day time or in a dark club, but I think both works.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-I am actually really proud of this album and what we created. I am a perfectionist so I always wish I did some things better in hindsight. I think that’s just something I would have to deal with.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-We just released stuff we are proud of and shared it on platforms. We also have a great network of people that supported us and helped us out. I don’t think we did anything in particular that is very different. If people love what you do they will follow you and get familiar with it.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I think art is extremely subjective. I personally like it when people go for something different. There are certain artists that do the artwork of most Death Metal bands. They are amazing at what they do and It always suits the music/genre. But…. I do love it when a band goes for something different. It makes them stand out more. That’s why we decided to work with Andrew Saltmarsh. We feel like his art is different from what we’ve seen in Death Metal before. His arts suits what we like very well.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Yes. I think most people in The Netherlands that listen to Death Metal know who we are. We’ve been on the 8 o’clock news before because some of the Dutch politicians listen to our music. We’ve also been in mainstream magazines, newspaper and radio before. I do think it’s important to be known in your local/national scene. That’s were you start.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-What I’ve heard from touring friends is that it’s very different in all countries. As for The Netherlands, it’s ok. We do experience Belgian audiences as more enthusiastic. I’m only 23 so the scene hasn’t changed much since I’ve been in it.
What does the future hold?
-I hope a lot of touring and releasing music!