With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THEOSOPHY. Anders Ekdahl ©2019 THEOSOPHY
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-We were too young and jumped on a departing Metal train. We didn’t have the opportunity to do what we are doing now. We don’t know how it could be.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-I believe that we squeezed out from this album only 70%, although past releases can only be estimated at 40%. We should to strive for more anytime.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Yes, we have our sound. But stagnation is bad for creativity, we try to move on. The new album is very different from the previous ones.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-We believe that music is more important than words. But we want to succeed in the lyrics. We try to find our themes for songs, for example: the history of Siberia, Altai mythology.
But we do not bypass the traditional themes of our genre: death, nature, north and human stupidity.
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?
-We take the design of our work very seriously. Real artists work on illustrations. Digital releases bring us not as much revenue as they seem. The bulk of our income – physical CD’s and merch. Anyone wants to have a beautiful and seriously designed CD or t-shirt in their collection.
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?
-These countries have music industry, audience and money. The United States is completely self-sufficient in terms of any style of music and bands don’t have to travel to Europe, although it is not a problem for them. Probably, for the rest of the world this is more financially problematic, plus in many countries (even European), there is no formed audience of metalheads due to historical features.
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?
-Of course, anyone can find any band from anywhere in the world to their taste now. There is no individual commitment to 1-2 new teams now. We try to win the listener precisely with our music. After all, we did not give a single concert, but we were noticed by serious labels. Others only dreamed about it at that time… Maybe we are sometimes lucky, but we work very hard and try to prove our worth with our own music.
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?
-I believe that our national scene gave nothing to our group. we don’t tour over Russia and are skeptical for that. We are located in the center of our country, we are far from both Europe and Asia. You need to have a lot of free time and resources for a Russian tour. In our location, we touring the 4 nearest cities… to the nearest of which 250 km. But we can consider our first experience with the European tour successful and will repeat it in the very near future.
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?
-Russia has a very contrasting attitude to the metal scene. There are still a lot of people who are afraid or negative about metalheads. What can we say about ferrous metal…
But… Despite all this, there are a lot of fans of this style. In our region, we have a fairly large audience that loves and supports us. In Russia, there are a lot of metal bands of any genre and excellent level, many wonderful musicians. Many of them are heard around the world.
Many world metal stars have visited our area and always gathered halls. People love Metal.
What does the future hold for you?
-We can say what awaits us in the near future. These are great shows, energy boosts from fans, new impressions and experience. New albums and horizons!
Thank you so much!