THE OUTSIDER

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THE OUTSIDER. Anders Ekdahl ©2020

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-I never released a demo actually, my first release was a full length and yes, there was a lot of pressure to make it sound like a decent production, like a full length should sound compared to a demo.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-Yes, I expect a growth on the fanbase and work to get promotion, specially for the albums and its singles, and of course I expect my fans to enjoy it, even if the kind of metal I make is not radio friendly haha

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-I am the only member of my band, so I don’t play live. I would feel weird I guess, but it would be great to see that people take the time to learn your art that you have made with a lot of effort.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Absolutely yes, even if the premise of my project is experimenting and pushing my music beyond some limits, as well as making almost every song different from another, there are some musical (and visual) elements that I try to keep as a trademark. It is all part of finding my very own sound, and when you are able to find your very own trademark sound, there is no way to be mistaken for anyone else.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-I have never thought about that actually, I guess I do

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-That is great, it makes me realize I am expanding my abilities as a composer, even if it doesn’t fit on my band, it doesn’t matter, if it is a good composition it can be used for something else, if it somehow fits it is just about working on it to make it fit.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-My project has a somehow nihilist and misanthropic message, it is part of all the concept, so this specific times we are living in, in which humanity is having a very hard time, inspires me a lot, it may sound morbid and of course I feel sorry for all the people who have lost a loved one or is having a bad time, but in some way it fuels the message of my project that humanity is very fragile. If you want to have a positive take, I hope it learns something from this.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-Yes, in many ways I notice it, it changes a lot so it is almost impossible not to notice it, and specially if you want to make your band work, you better pay attention.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-I love physical, I have a small collection of Cd’s, vinyls, etc. But I also think digital is a good option, yeah what you get in terms of money for digital plays of you music is very little, but nowadays is the best way to introduce your music to the world.

What lies in the future?
-For me, more music, in this quarantine I have composed a lot of songs and maybe there will be a new release sooner than expected, as for the world….dark times I guess…

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