With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THE SPIRIT. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What pressure is there in releasing a second or third album? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release an album?
-I could feel some pressure, especially in the beginning of the songwriting for “Cosmic Terror”. I try not to waste any thought about what other people think or what they could expect from new music. The only thing that leads to is madness. To reach my own goal to create a good successor to our debut album or even make a better one, that was the challenge.
Your last record was for Nuclear Blast. This new one is for a smaller label. What difference is there in doing so?
-There are many differences, but the most important one, at least for me, is that a smaller label pays much more attention and effort into your release. If you work with a big label, you are just some kind of number and there is not much space for individual work with your release, especially when you´re not a big or very well know band. But that doesn´t mean smaller labels are better. The most of them are shit and you could do most things they do also be your own, you just have to put work in it. We had offers to release our new album via some big labels, but we choose to work with AOP Records a small but also very good one. And the success we had so far with “Cosmic Terror” proofs us right. The industry has changed a lot in the last years and you don´t have to sell your soul anymore to a big label to have success.
When 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?
-Our music means everything to me, and it is very personal. When I realize that this music means something to other people, may touches them somehow, or even releases emotions, that flatters me a lot. I guess and I hope that I will never get used to it, that people in the audience scream our lyrics or react with emotions to the sound of The Spirit.
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?
-Artwork wise we did obviously something very different this time. Let´s be honest, the black and death metal artworks look mostly the same, and that for the last 30 years. So, we looked for an artist with a unique and different style and found with Metastazis the right one. Lyric wise nothing has changed. It´s still about my thoughts and how I see the world and everything beyond.
And as I said before I don´t care what other people think or expect from our music or if new music will be recognized as the “The Spirit” sound. I would be happy if they recognize it because it´s just good music.
Does playing in a band make you feel like your are part of a bigger scheme of things? That you are put on this earth to spread your message?
-I´m not on this planet to spread any message. I´m here because two people got horny at one point, or at least one of them.
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?
-It´s very challenging and unfortunately, I know it will be even harder with the third album. I´m not interested to create the same album or music over and over again. So, I must come up with something new, to keep it interesting and challenging for myself.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-To walk this planet with open eyes and open minded gives me more than enough inspiration. And the only message I want to spread is good music. I keep my lyrics a bit foggy so people don´t realize immediately what my thoughts were, when I wrote them. Those who are interested in the lyrics and want to deal with them will find some food for thoughts. And on the other hand, a title like “Repugnant Human Scum” speaks for itself, no explanation needed.
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?
-Where did you hear that the CD sales are increasing? It´s the complete opposite. Physical sales and downloads are going down for years now and the vinyl hype we had lately won´t safe the industry. Many labels like Century Media or Nuclear Blast got sold to major companies because they didn´t know how to handle with the decline of physical music and rise of streaming. Things have changed and as a band you must adapt. But making a living from this kind of music is almost impossible.
What is your opinion on digital vs physical?
-Streaming is the future, but I guess vinyl will be there in the future too, for collectors and music lovers. CDs and downloads will probably disappear more and more in the next years. The big problem at the moment with streaming is, that you don´t make any money with it as an artist. But that´s just another challenge.
What lies in the future?
-Ignorance, greed and stupidity are rising within the human society. As long as this doesn´t change I only see a bleak future for us and unfortunately also for the rest of the planet.