THE LAST SEED is a German black metal band that I like. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
Neideck: I don’t know. If you look at this world, which is going faster and faster I don’t think that anything textual, no matter how short it is, is important anymore. It’s pictures. People are no longer reading and listening.
Arges: But I think it also depends on the generation you were born into. To me, a band name still means a lot.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
Neideck: I don’t care if people like me or the art I’m creating. Mostly I’m very satisfied directly after the recordings and the mixing, but a few months later I find all the mistakes, the boring parts and I start to think about the next record to fix them all. I have always the aim to create the perfect art, but I’m always failing.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
Neideck: I like black metal because it is a very energetic music. When you’re playing the instruments you fall into this flow of tremolo picking and blastbeats. There, you stop thinking. You feel the connection to your instincts. There’s no reason, no thoughts racing.
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
Neideck: I don’t do any promotion.
Arges: There are too many people outside hyping their own stuff. We are not in hurry to reach a crowd of people with our music. This is just not the type of music to do that.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
Neideck: If your searching a car for your wife and your three children, for example, you’re not looking for a porsche carrera or a ferrari. You don’t want to look for a sportscar, but for a station waggon. So you have a category, which makes it easier to find something proper. It’s the same like searching a book or a CD you’re interested in. We need categorys to find the things we like to consume. If you want female vocals, distorted, but very melodic guitars and epic keyboards you don’t have to check out every thrash metal record. If you’re longing for very slow and dark music, you don’t want to start an enervated search through countless speed metal bands to find a new record. People need categorys to order diversity. I’m with you when it comes to very specific names like „mythological power metal with elements of melodic death metal and a bit of emocore“, that’s absolutely over the top… The good news is that we’ve lost much of this diversity during the last ten years. In previous days school kids used to wear different styles like hip hop, gothic, punk and so on to form a personality. Now they follow this hipster movement. It’s interesting that the kids and most of the younger adults today nearly always look the same. So, if your lucky, we won’t discuss about different metal styles in the future, because no one’s interested in it anymore. All that will be left is this pseudo intellectual singer-songwriter cant.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
Neideck: I don’t want to be a part of something. Groups of people always mean sinking intelligence. I prefer to stand outside, looking in the other direction.
Arges: I would never label myself as part of any scene. There are almost always things I like and things I really do not like when it comes to a scene or a musical genre. So I just focus on the parts that are interesting for me.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
Neideck: A lot.
Arges: When I look through new records and I really don’t like the cover of an album, I probably won’t listen to it. And even if I like the music, a crappy artwork destroys a lot.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
Neideck: My father grew up with LP’s and up to now he’s prefering them. I grew up with CD’s and so I’m prefering them. People who grew up with the stream will prefer this. It’s just a question oft he time your born. Everyone who’s got an LP- or a CD-collection will understand. I hate this up- and download shit. I like to have something in my hands, with a cool booklet. I want to listen to a whole album, not just one song and I want to read the lyrics… but now we’re back to your first question.
Arges: In fact, it is really important for us to have a label as we do not promote anything. Not online and not anywhere else. I only know three or four people who listen to this kind of music, so our audience would be extremely limited without a label.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play
Neideck: We’re not playing live gigs. Our music is made for contemplation. You should listen alone, while sitting in the darkness.
What lies in the future?
Neideck: At least the next album