You might not yet be familiar with SOCIASYLUM but that will change after you have read this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-As in most cases the name is the first thing that catches the eye, I think it is rather important. Although, the name cannot be taken as a defining element for the bands creation, name can give an insight, but could be totally irrelevant to musical creation.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-As this was our first actual studio experience, we were all relieved and happy with our parts. Once the first mixes came in, we started to get anxious on how it will sound, how will people perceive it, did we actually give it our best and all these ideas. When we received the final master from Brad Boatright, the feeling was overwhelming. I personally loved it.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-Days are long and a lot of work is being done, so at those moments it was mostly tiredness mixed with feeling of success, laying down our individual parts and hearing them back. Giving it your utmost and after a take, hearing back from Alexander Sarychev (our studio engineer and producer) saying “push it harder”, putting your all in it and a little bit more. A feeling of relief, frustration and happiness mixed.
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Yeah, especially in DIY scene. For us, as a rather young band, we are only now focusing more on it. I mean, for a new band trying to get its name out there, there is no right way, you just try to reach out to people, to get them write about your music or share it and just hope they like it. Tour, release merch etc. You make your mistakes and learn from them and most of all, build a network with writers, other bands and so on. People in the scene need to have each others back.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-We had never tagged ourselves or added any kind of definition. But with this release, the first thing we saw, was people arguing over the genre. Oddly enough, it seems to be more important than you could anticipate. I myself would be happy with less tagging and defining. Play/listen music you love and that’s that.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-Of course it is important. Important to share your message and have somebody behind your back, supporting you. We have met a lot of cool people locally and abroad, we could call friends now. Playing together, being part of this similar idea/approach of music, I love it.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-We had an idea for this artwork, to be actual piece of art itself, that a person would take the album look at it and buy it, regardless of its contents. Artwork is important and our friend Erik Hallik painted this masterpiece for us.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-Since we do not have a label it is a bit difficult to say out of experience, as there is none. Nowadays it is easy just going DIY, but it is a lot of work.. To get some external help with some of the promotional part would of course be amazing.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-We prefer small intimate DIY place gigs, preferably without a stage, on the same level with the people. Our shows are always very energetic and empowering to the listener.
What lies in the future?
-Small tour in Finland in November, video recording and finally printing and releasing a vinyl version of our latest album, this autumn.