With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THORMESIS. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-At the beginning we wanted to be like a band from our hometown “Thy Wicked”. It was our destination to make the same as they do. We made music before 2006 but not in this style.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Hard to say. I think the music is automatically ours. Certainly there are many influences of modern and older bands. But that’s our style. We do not want to imitate anyone, but we do not have to be a source of inspiration for a musical genre.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It is not really difficult, as long as you look at it from the musical point of view. The effort usually only starts with the detailed planning of the release. So when does the album, photos, video, art word come … The creative process of songwriting actually runs off our everyday lives. We meet from time to time to capture ideas. Sometimes they quickly turn into new songs that someday feel finished and become an album.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We’ve never planed to release only single song. Our own aspiration is to create new albums as a closed up part of that what borthers us during a certain period.
Technology has also advanteges in the phase of writing new songs. In our rehearsal room we always have the possibility to record new parts and to listen to them again later. that makes another edit when assembling the song even easier. Not everytime but mostly.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-This is not an easy topic. On the one hand, artistic works of bands spread much faster than before the time of streaming. We regularly sell Mearchandise to countries where we have never played ourselves, which is definitely an advantage for any band. On the other hand, sales of albums are declining, especially on CDs. The people who really buy music as a physical medium are rarer. You just have to do special things like LPs with a nice artwork. For myself I am still one of the people who buys LPs and CDs, especially for the reason that I know what’s behind a release. But I don’t belive that the music is threatened by it. People who enjoy making music will continue to do so. The bigger threat to good music is more to come from the big pop producers.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Mostly positive, I would say. It is striking that the people who order from us usually order several albums. So one has the feeling that they want to deal extensively with the band. Of course, that does not mean that people who buy or stream just one album are less good fans. I remember a feedback that our live show is Rock’n`Roll with Black Metal. That feels good and right.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I have not had a real surprise yet. However, when people outside of Germany become aware of us, it shows how lilttle the world has become. For sure through the internet and social media. I am glad, but always, when the music finds someone, first of all no matter where he or she comes from.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-The music has resulted in many friendships for us that might never have had without the band. I am very thankful and happy about that. Allderings, I do not feel better or higher, if that’s what you mean. It often communicates with others, which brings advantages and disadvantages. Music brings people together.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is the most important thing you have to do, if you want to grow up. This is how you represent the band, by playing on stage and talking with the people before and after the show. We also attach great importance to our live show, so we have extra light for club shows, which is fired in tune to our songs. But it is important for us to play live only if we want to and can. Not when we need it to become better known.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Goals are often associated with pressure for me. I try to keep it away from me. However, it is important to me that our music, find the people who can pull out something in it. Thanks for the interview! O.D. & Travos.