With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SYMBIOTIC GROWTH. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-The name took a little bit to figure out and we kind of ended up taking an older name and reworking it.
I feel like the right name is pretty important, its usually the first impression you get of a band before you even give them a listen. It can also give someone a hint to what genre of music you play or even what vibe you’re going for.
Who would you say has laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Major influences definitely included Anaal Nathrakh, Ne Obliviscaris, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Opeth, and Gojira. Some of our heroes include; George Kollias, Christian Muenzner, Isahn, Eric Andre, Devin Townsend, and 98 Weeds.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not really, we generally just vibe with what tempo the riff sounds best at. Its based on what we feel the song needs as we’re creating it.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Absolutely we’ve already played some live shows in past years along some bigger bands like Wolfheart, Inanimate Existence and Beyond creation. Unfortunately, we haven’t played any big stages yet, we’ve enjoyed the intimate club scene but we feel our music would work best in a bigger venue, but we feel like that rings true for most if not all bands. Although, having a good sound guy is more important to us than the size in the venue as that’ll help bring our live shows to what we had envisioned.
Is it hard to be 100% satisfied? Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on your last recording?
-Hahaha, wanting to do things differently would be an understatement. We we’re just learning about how to record music on our own as we recorded the album, so a lot of the little things that we didn’t know at the time that, could of sped up the process, we gradually learnt as we were finishing the album. We also even re-recorded the album and changed a few riffs from what the final product sounds like. For example, guitars and drums were finished recording the for final time about 2 years ago, and we’ve changed/re-worked several of the riffs or nuances, which can only be heard live now haha.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Honestly, we haven’t done much, none of us are big social media users, thus we are severely lacking on those fronts, but we were approached by a few PR companies which offered to do the legwork for us. So far, the album has vastly exceeded our expectations in terms of reach, response, and support.
To me, artwork can be the difference between bust or success. What to you makes a great album cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-As far as our album art goes, we were sitting on it for a long time, and If we could change it now, we might have but at the time before we finished recording, we felt it fit the album perfectly and we kept it because it still represents the visual representation of the vibe we were going for with this album. We feel like the album art is extremely important to an album as a whole. Like the band name, the art is the first thing a new listener might see, and could determine whether or not they even check out the album or not. Great album art has to be really captivating while still representing the vibe and the artistic direction of the album.
Do you feel that you are a part of a national scene? Is a local / national scene important for the development of new bands?
-We feel like Canada doesn’t have a national scene as a whole but is amalgamation of several large scenes spread out across each province. We don’t really see ourselves as part of any major scenes but rather just try to be inclusive while still just doing our own thing. In our opinion, local and national scenes were very important to new bands throughout time, but now in this digital age where anybody can record and release music from their own homes, anybody has the potential of reaching large audiences without even leaving their own home.
It could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could that be more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is your experience with the live scene?
-Yes, but actually no. Next question.
What does the future hold?
-For inquiries into the future, please see Elon Musk.