Swedish doom is something very special. It is as if it is in our DNA to melancholic. SORCERER are a fine example of that. Answers from Johnny. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-That our music can touch some feelings inside the listener of something, good, bad or something else. There is nothing worse than music that does nothing for you.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name was picked over 25 years ago and I don´t ever remember why and which other bands that we discussed. I think we wanted a name that could fit with the music somehow and Sorcerer did that…I think…
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?
-I´ve got my first Kiss tape when I was around 7 or 8 years old. It was “Rock and Roll Over” and that started it all I must say. Then i went on to listen to Iron Maiden, Accept, Saxon and all the upcoming N.W.O.B.H.M bands that came in the 80´s. That basically was the inspiration and without all those bands I wouldn´t have started playing I think. Today I listen to a wide range of artists and bands, both new releases and old ones. Last year I discovered a band called Darkher which is great. Attic a band from Germany in the vein of Mercyful Fate and Katla from Iceland is two newer bands I like. The of course all the classics with Judas Priest, Demon and many more.
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?
-I think we wrote some songs and that formed the whole concept of Sorcerer. We actually wrote some songs early on that was faster, almost in the vein of King Diamond and speed metal. But pretty early we decided to go more towards slow and epic metal.
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?
-To be honest, no. I always liked the idea of an album and building up something with the music and how you place the tracks on the album. But I don´t really want to blame the digital evolution, sometimes it is the listeners choice as well and they have a lot of power.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-For us it is the whole concept, from music and lyrics to artwork and videos. How to catch people´s attention? Maybe start with writing good songs, I think a lot of bands today forgets about the songs and concentrates too much on other things. A band like Ghost is a good example of a band that combines really good songs with great artwork.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Yes I think so. There is no golden rules how to promote your music anymore and that makes it a lot more challenging. We try to do what we think is good for us, being on facebook, twitter and Instagram.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Never thought it that way, I just do what I do the best I can.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Sorcerer is not a touring band at the moment. We will do festivals and gigs but not tour for a week or more.
What will the future bring?
-We hope to write and record more music in some form and hopefully we can do some festival gigs on this album as well.