THE WORLD STATE interview with Leifur Nielsen Composer/”Chief architect”, bass, piano and various other instruments. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name The World State was brought to our attention by Ronny Sorensen (our former drummer). By the time we were starting up he had just read the novel called “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, he was talking a lot about it, and not least, The World State, in the novel The World State is a unified government, which administers the entire planet. We all liked the sound of it, and the thing that the name didn’t tell anything about what kind of music the listener were to expect, really intrigued us.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Strange, dark, genre-distorting, female-fronted rock music from Denmark with high ambitions and a life-long worship of weird old movie-soundtracks. In 2013 we released the highly acclaimed debut Ep “FLIER”, which contained four songs.
To put it short: I want to create my own favorite-band! A place where I have the full control of the development of the music, the concepts, and the sound. This is why I from day one have made it clear to the others that I am the one in charge (…and I pay “the rent”) (laughs). We have a deep respect for each member’s individual strengths, creatively and technical, and there is always room for trying out new things. But in the end I have the last say…
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
What is the extreme metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Well, we´re not really a part of any specific music-scene as our music takes it´s forms from SO many different influences, but the metal-scene has been very good and supportive to us from the earliest state of the band.
Most of us has been a part of the danish metal-scene for more than twenty years, so we´ve seen the birth of a lot of the early bands in Denmark within this genre, bands like- Invocator, Saturnus, Illdisposed, and much later Hatesphere, Horned Almighty and The Psyke Project that all have gained attention worldwide.
At the time when I began to attend these shows, in 1993 I guess, it was really hard to get enough people to show up. This is not a problem anymore. For the last ten years our scene has grown to be really big, and the fans are loyal to show up, even for upcoming events. That´s nice.
But then again, when a scene is growing fast, the quality of the music gets really unstable. We got a lot of good bands, but just as many playing rubbish. And the danish metal-scene has always had a sad tendency of being really conservative…
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We want to inspire people, and we know that we are good at what we are doing, so the answer has to be “yes”.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Well I guess you haven´t seen our cover for our ep “FLIER” then, this cover actually has a lot of birds on it (laughs)
Good cover-art to us is simple, stylish, tasty and doesn’t explain to much.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-The already washed out phrase that “digital is killing music” is rubbish! It has never been easier for a new band to get your music heard all over the world than it is today. The backside of the digital-age is that not many people appreciate and respect the music anymore. It is way to easy to just skip to the next song (or artist) today, and this makes it hard for a band like The World State who needs people to immerse themselves into our music to get the big picture.
What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We have only been a live-band for about a year now, so we really can´t say. But until now we have only played good shows on various cool Danish festivals and a few clubs, it fells like there´s a lot of interest for us. Hopefully our first full-length album will be out late autumn, and this will be followed by the first tours for the band.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-A happening, absolutely. We really suck at being a party-band (laughs)
What would you like to see the future bring?