Danish heavy metal was some of the greatest when I grew up. Then it all went pear shaped but now it seems to shape up again. SLAEGT are proof of that. Answered by OSKAR J. FREDERIKSEN Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We have great and intense feelings for it, of course. It is an album we made with our hearts mainly, so we feel a great emotional attachment to it. It is still not so long ago we wrote the songs or recorded them, so what they mean to us in a historical context is of course not something that we can work with yet, but time will tell how we view it in some years time. For now, we can without a doubt say, that we are very proud of it – it is the peak of our powers up until the point we recorded it, and (as said) the songs comes from our hearts, so we have a special relation to it. It is like an extension of us, if you know what I mean. So yes – a very important piece of work for us.
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?
-It is actually not that interesting or planned with our bandname. We chose it from a “bandname-brainstorm” I had with a friend, and we settled for it because it sounds good, and has some character. But not because of any “meaning”. The actual word is older Danish and means something along the lines of “heritage/lineage/bloodline” etc. If we want to, we can probably tie some connection with that to our musick, but it is in no way intended and neither is there any connection to feeling or values that concerns national romanticism or similar cr*p.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-The fact that people appreciate our work is of course very flattering and humbling. We put many hours into songwriting, rehearsing, recording, playing shows, administrative work, and so on. So it is of course a huge compliment, that the our efforts are appreciated, and it can be very motivational at times. But, with that being said, I must also stress, that we do what we do for ourselves. Yes, it can be very tiring and some times, a hopeless journey, but – the personal rewards are so much worth it, and nothing can ever match the satisfaction of creating something from your heart and see it grow and flourish. So yes, as said, we are very thankful for every person who has ever bought one of our releases, t shirts, everyone who came to a show, sent a message to say thank you for a great show, and the like, but I am also pretty sure, that we would do what we do anyway. We simply just have to do it, we can’t stop until the well is emptied.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is not something we are super concerned about. That is, it is not the most important factor in what we do. The musick always comes first. But of course, you have to present your songs in the best way possible, and image, artwork etc., can be beneficial in that sense. We have some dogmas we work with in this department (mostly related to colours), a sense of guidelines, that each of us is free to interpret as he wants. We want our fans to have the impression, that we are very serious about our craft
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Yes, I am also a big fan, if it is done correctly. On some album covers you can simply just hear how the albums sounds before actually listening to it, and if you achieve that, you have done the right thing, I think. I don’t think we have ever managed that feat though, hopefully we will one day. This fact is most likely because none of us are visual geniuses, so we have a hard time visualising for example an album cover, we more or less have to try out ideas and concepts before we find something we are pleased with. Although I mentioned our weakness in this department, I still feel we have managed to make some great covers on our releases, that fit the musick, although in a strange and, sometimes, backwards way.
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?
-Yes, there is a downside and that is if people focus more on for example making updates about rehearsals or other completely irrelevant things rather than actually creating great art. Focus on that primarily, then everything else will more or less come by itself.
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?
-Yes and no. Community-wise we mostly feel connected to the “scene” in the Copenhagen, but the environment here is more of a free spirit one, rather than a scene that is set in various stylistic dogmas. People here do all sorts of weird and wonderful musick, but people go to each others shows and support each other. I think that is very good, it breeds new ideas and keeps up the excitement for the people involved. With regards to belonging to something that “gives meaning to your life”, I feel that I do, but that has nothing to do with a community of people, and more to do with the fact, that most of my time is occupied with writing and creating, which I feel is what I have an obligation to do. It keeps me going.
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?
-This is hard for me to answer, since I am not really keeping a close eye on what is going on. I mostly follow the underground, but my interests are not limited to hard rock or heavy metal, I have love for many different types of musick as well as art in general. So I mostly just stick to what I find fascinating or things that inspire me, regardless of where it emerges.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We have never done a real tour, the maximum of shows in a row we have done is two, although several times. So we are in no way a touring band. I am sure, that with some more focus and investment in this, we can make it happen, and we are actually working on making something bigger happen towards the end of this year, around Europe, with another very promising band. That is all I can say about that for now. So keep your eyes open.
What will the future bring?
-The future will bring what the future holds. Who knows what that is exactly. I hope it is nights of light, days of darkness, skulls of flowers and homemade perfume and steel.