I totally love the whole Swedish death metal explosion of the 90s. And apparently I am not alone in doing so. Check out SLAUGHTERDAY. Questions answered by Bernd. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We play the type of Death Metal that is deeply rooted in the late 80s/early 90s, so our sound is for everyone who enjoyed those times and miss the old days, but also for everyone who has discovered the music from this golden era of Death Metal. We want to bring back the simple brutality and the songwriting to this type of music.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It wasn´t that difficult for us to pick a name. The name sounds cool, is catchy and I think people will know what kind of music they can expect.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We are inspired by all the classic bands of the 80s/early 90s. We both grew up with Thrash Metal and as young teenagers we were completely absorbed by the first wave of Death Metal with bands like Repulsion, Master, Autopsy, Death, Massacre, etc. We still love the classic records from that time and this is what still drives and motivates us.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-It was clear right from the beginning what type of music we wanted to play. I think it doesn’t make any sense to pick a name first and then try to figure out what music you want to play. We formed the band in order to play this type of music, although we didn’t exactly know it would sound like and if we go together well musically. Finally I think that, if you want to start a band, it should be clear what type of music you want to play and to what extent your musical influences coincide.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I am personally not very much interested in single tracks. I prefer full albums or at least a nice EP with a cover artwork, booklet, etc. This might be different with pop and radio music, but in the Metal scene people still like to have the real deal and I hope this will remain so in the future.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The layout and artwork is as important as the production and the songwriting for us. I mean, if you spend so many hours in the rehearsal room to write songs for an album and you spend a lot of money on the recording studio you don’t want your album to end up with a shitty cover artwork. I don’t know how to catch the people’s attention best, as everyone has another taste, but the overall package has to look cool and professional.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media is a very important tool to promote your music today and I would even go so far to say, that, without a Facebook account, nearly no one would even recognize your band today. It’s the easiest way to present your music and to get in touch with other bands, fans, promoters, labels and organizers of gigs. In the past we used to send demo tapes of our bands to the labels and quite often you just got a standard letter or didn’t get any reply at all. Social media helps bands from the underground scene to promote their music on their own and they can arrange small tours and organize gigs without the help of any label. I think that has helped underground music to gain more recognition.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Playing in a band like SLAUGHTERDAY, it makes me feel being part of a small underground scene which is cool. I wouldn’t consider it as something big or grand. There are just too many bands out there today and the scene is split up in too many sub genres.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We like to play gigs, but we are not much of a touring band. We are all very busy with our jobs, families and children so that our live activities are limited to the weekends.
What will the future bring?
-That’s a tough question. We hope to release more music in the future under the banner of SLAUGHTERDAY and we certainly hope to gain more attention with the upcoming release of our new album “Laws Of The Occult”.