In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with SVET KANT. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When you look back and see how far you have come what do you think of this crazy journey so far and where the heck will it take us?
-It is really great how far we’ve come as a band. Although the band started as a side project in 2011/2012, for me it really began when we consolidated the definite, and current, line-up in 2015. Since then we toured as much as possible and we focused on releasing something new. We played some really great shows in Ireland and even toured Russia, which is super crazy. However, we are really hungry. We want to play internationally, everywhere, as many places as possible. So basically, and even though we’ve come a long way, for us this is nothings. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-Well, I didn’t discover it by accident or by a stroke of genius. I’d say it was by trial and error. Even though the fact I studied (and still do) music really helped. Once I had the knowledge on the process and mechanics of the coordination of singing and playing and instrument then is just practice and muscle memory. Everybody can do it with a bit of patience and practice. Obviously, you practice them separately and then you try and coordinate and sync them.
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-Mmmm well, I would say that it all depends on how seriously you take it. For us this is important and we would love to make it a full time job, yet is very difficult, very difficult and we are still working on that. Any band that wants to get paid for their music must take it seriously and put a lot of effort onto it. If not, promoters and people won’t take you seriously, and obviously won’t spend a dime on your music.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-I’d say that happens in music in general. But is even more difficult when is your own original music. People are quite conservative and it takes them a while until they start taking you seriously. But yes, every so often that thought crossed our minds. But not anymore. Not when you start seeing all the praise from people and places you’ve played at.
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-I want people to realize that a lot of efforts needs to be put onto a band. And also that it is necessary to re-invent the bands sonic signature on every record. People are always looking for something fresh and new, and musicians should have that in mind whenever they are creating music. Yet, one has to find the balance between the music people want, and the music that the composer/band wants to create. There lies the key to stay motivated.
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-I don’t think so. Is actually quite cool. It all depends on the buzz you create, and how well the music is produced. Things are digital but the potential reach is far far bigger. One has to have in mind that once something is out, is out forever. So one has to be super critical with the music. If not, someone else will sooner or later.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-I believe the image of your band should reflect the music and the professionalism of the band. If you look like a professional band then you’ll be treated alike. That’s how it goes, and that is a truth.
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-I’d say that evolves with time. I personally like to write about the characteristics and paradoxes of human existence. All of that is heavily linked with the experiences I’ve been through life. The more you live, the more things you have to write about. Yet, recently I try to write about other things that I didn’t think I would. Such as…
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-If it were for us we would live on the road. Travelling, meeting new people, playing new places, wherever the wind blows. But that is difficult and non-economical unless you are a big band. We also like the studio life as well. Is extremely rewarding watching as something evolves from a draft to a final product. However, we see there is no sense in releasing music if it is not intended to be played live.
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We try to play as much as possible, but life, family, and work limits things. If we had a big company and agency leading with all the administrative stuff, PR, marketing, and so we’d be more than happy to live our life on the road. But for now we do our thing and play as much as possible with the time limitations we have. In the future, we’ll see.
What does the future hold?
-More music, as always. That’s the goal. Release new music, try to motivate people to create their own path. Tour as much as possible, create more music, videos, collaborations. Anything to create our own characteristic sound and image.