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 TETRAFUZE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Yea, so far it has been even better than we first imagined it. It’s pretty cool that we can have something in mind and just figure out a way to get it done. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Well our latest recordings aren’t released yet, but it has come out very well to us so far. It sounds almost exactly the way we wanted it to and feel like it represents a true growing point musically for us.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Yes for the most part. We have a core sound that we have definitely built off of, however we don’t ever want to limit ourselves to just one certain style or sound because it would in turn limit our creativity and take away a lot of potential to express ourselves in ways we haven’t before.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Yes, most of the messages in my lyrics have to deal with internal issues in people’s minds. However, it can be about anything if the feeling is right.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Cover art is very important to us. Really good cover art may not be able to draw in eyes like it used to, but it definitely won’t repel any like bad cover art will. So in other words, if it doesn’t help, it won’t hurt.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-All of these places have huge music scenes. Most other places, it is hard to get a good base audience that helps propel them into something bigger. And “success,” to put it simply, is being able to make a living off of making and playing music. We would love to get to the point where that is in the cards. There’s a long way for that to happen, but it is definitely reachable in the future.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-There is so much music out there that it is impossible to grasp the quantity available. So standing out has to do with your live shows. It is a lot easier for someone to go back and listen to your music after they see a great live show from you as opposed to trying to get someone to go out of their way to break out of their own musical bubble and listen to something they’ve never heard from someone they have never seen.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-The local scene here is very minuscule. Scenes on a national level are important and make it a lot easier for said music to travel internationally, but it has been done without a national scene before, just not as often.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-People here tend to have either a “well it’s a thing that exists” attitude or are huge fans of metal. Most of the fans here tend to like the classic 80’s and 90’s metal that every metalhead knows. So it’s not rejected at all, however it is not near as popular as it is in Finland.
What does the future hold for you
-Just in our near future, there is a brand new album on the horizon that comes with a long summer tour to help promote both our debut and second album. So it’s definitely going to be a busy next few months all the way through summer for us.