With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SLAVES TO FASHION . Anders Ekdahl ©2020
1. Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
Our band history has two parts… The first, before our first split up, was a band trying to be as original as possible and break it. We didn’t but we had a great time and got to play a lot of shows in different countries. The second, which is us now telling “the history of heavy metal”, is more about doing what we want to do and be proud of what we are doing. I guess nothing goes as intended in this strange world but at least we’re having a blast doing this crazy project.
2. How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
I’m just super proud of all the five songs we have done so far in “The History of Heavy Metal”. It was really cool to have Beau Hill and Flemming Rasmussen mix our glam metal and thrash metal song respectively. They did such great job and it was so special that they wanted to take part in the project.
Our latest song, which is a medley of five extreme metal genres called “Expressions of Extremity”, has been really exciting. It feels good going way beyond the comfort zone exploring new genres and musical vibes. I’d never thought I would write and record grindcore or old school black metal!
3. Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
Since we’re doing about every thinkable genre in heavy metal on this album project, I think we’re ready for anything after this! But if we’re should try to do an ordinary album again, we’ll probably would split up over artistic differences before the first rehearsal 😉
4. Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
Since every song we record represents a specific time period or subgenre, we work hard to make the lyrics authentic. The glam metal lyrics are very different than the death metal lyrics for sure. The lyrics of every subgenre really has a different vibe and we try to make that shine through in all the songs.
5. How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
I think there are so many talented cover artworks artists out there, it is difficult to stand out from the crowd. I love the art of the cover art and on this album project we’ve tried hard to stay true to the visual style of the particular genre of each song. One of our artists, Dimitar Nikolov, did a really great job on “Thrash of the Titans” for example, totally nailing the thrash metal vibe of the 80’s!
6. Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
I really don’t know. I guess the bands from USA and UK have an advantage coming from countries with a great metal legacy in different genres and different time periods of metal history. The English language is of course also natural to them. Scandinavia have many bands and metal fans. I don’t know…
7. Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
I really don’t know this either. We love making music. We’re not social media experts. We make everything sound and look as good as we can. I guess that’s all we can do. The world is changing really fast so it’s comforting to just make music that matters. We will never be superstars anyway 😉
8. What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
Our local scene here on the west coast of Norway is great! We have a lot of metal concerts, several quality bands and dedicated rock and metal fans. The annual Karmøygeddon Metal Festival is a real cornerstone in that regard – with very dedicated organizers. Kudos!
9. Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
The metal community is definitely seen as a subculture and some mainstream people are somewhat alienated towards heavy metal but I think the acceptance has been growing steadily. But not as in Finland though, which is the metal country of the world! We actually played on a metal festival in Rovaniemi many years ago. Loved every minute of it and made a lot of friends! Yksi! Kaksi! Kolme! Neljä! Perkele…
10. What does the future hold for you?
Except for the ultimate goal of playing in your lovely Finland again, we will work hard to finish our album project “The History of Heavy Metal”. We’re halfway through but we will still release five more songs in 2020. Prepare for genres like power metal, folk metal and progressive metal! And a lot more!
Thanks for the great questions! Cheers!