STROKKUR might be new name but with this new album they will surely put their mark on the scene. Answers by Niklas Johansson (guitar). Anders Ekdahl ©2017
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-The band name was Anders idea. It is taken from the great geyser in Iceland called Strokkur. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the geyser or Iceland, it just sounds hard. The word means to erupt in an energetic way.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-We wanted to try something new. As you said, there are tons of diffrent genres and sub-genres but the different sub-genres don’t sound so diffrent from eachother. So we wanted to do a sub-genre that really stands out from the rest of them.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-We play a mix between industrial metal and nordic folk music. But if we have to name only one influence as a band it would be Rammstein.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-It depends alot what the lyrics are about. In our case it’s not so important because all our lyrics are about diffrent subjects. But I think for many bands it’s a great thing. Sabaton for example sings about war related stories, and for them I think it’s important to keep that vibe. For us every song is different.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-Yes I believe so. You should reconize a band as an entiety, not only by the music.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
– If it’s a new upcoming band it’s definitely a good thing to have an album cover that stands out. If the band is already known, people will give it
a listen anyway.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-We’ve got a lot of good response. We’re still at the working process to get the name out, but we actually haven’t got any bad response yet… as we know of at least.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-With Strokkur that hasn’t happend yet. But that’s amazing. Often you have heard about the places though.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you? .
– Yes. Playing as support act for bigger band is a great way to get some new people to discover your band.
What does the future have in its womb?
-Play live alot. To make as much great music as possible. We’ve already started the song writhing process for a second album.