With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to TRASH HEAVEN. 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’d go as far as to say the pressure is enormous, when we record a demo it’s usually more like a “sketch”, a quick way for us to know exactly in which direction we are going, then when everything is ready, we head in the studio for the real deal !
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
– We have very high expectations especially when it comes to the composition and the sound production, and for many reasons:
– first, we as musicians tend to be perfectionnists, which usually translates in hours upon hours of practice at home, rehearsal, recording, mixing etc …
-Then the truth is that nowadays, the musical landscape is so vast and advanced technically and muscially speaking, with so many awesome bands, that in order for us to make ourselves a place, we need to set the bar as high as we can !
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?
-It does’nt happen very often to tell you the truth, but i still remember the few times we heard in the audience things like “hey that’s the one i was waiting for” usually refering to the songs in our music videos ! I’d say it’s cool, wish it would happen more often though.
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?
-I’d say yes, but not all the time, it’s always nice to be able to link things together, but it’s also a good thing to know when it is time to do something different (our next album will be a good example)
Now it’s funny you asked the question, because it has definitely been our way to go 2 years ago !
-To talk a little bit about our last record “4 Heads For A Crown” , it’s a concept album with a story linked directly to our previous album “Dementia”!
-Both share the same characters and places but with 2 different storyline
-When it comes to the music, a few songs from the second album share riffs and ideas from the first album but played differently.
– And all the artworks were made by me, and well i’d say they speak for themselves, as each of them is my interpretation of the overall story !
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-In my case not really, I’ve always felt like that “awkward grown up kid playing heavy noise”, for me the most important thing has always been the music itself and i think it’s the same way for the rest of the band.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-It’s Fairly easy, because unlike many other bands where only 1 musician (usually the main guitar player) will write everything down by himself, we on the other hand, give as much freedom as possible to everyone in the band !
So even tho we (separately) all have our own style of songwritting, when we combine all our ideas together, it usually sounds like something none of us would have been able to do all alone.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
– When it comes to the band I’d say modern and classic Thrash/heavy/groove metal, Prog/psychedelic music, Classic Rock, a little bit of death metal here, a little bit of Jazz there, movies, books etc … Whatever sounds good to us i guess.. Which means alot !
And yes It’s important to have a message! Sure, but to me it has to be genuine..
I would’nt write about a subject if i wasn’t pissed about it in the first place!
Fortunatly (or unfortunately) for us , we seem to live in pretty dark times these days, which makes the process of writting “angry/pissed off politically incorrect and against the society” lyrics easier !
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?
-Not really, i will speak for the rest of the band but i’d say even tho i am the youngest (29) and Jean our drummer is the oldest (34), none of us really fully experienced the golden age of the record industry!
Since i am old enough to buy records, i always heard in the media that the industry was constantly in decline, but the truth is actually not so hard to understand:
Someone who likes to buy a physical copy will always do it, someone who’s here only for the music itself will download it or listen to it on a streamming platform and that’s about it.
And to be honest I don’t see anything wrong with that !
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Physical all the way baby !
But seriously, to me nothing beats the excitement of having a new physical copy to add to my collection, you get a cool CD (you can convert in mp3 if you want), in a beautifull box, with a cool booklet, photos, artworks, lyrics, bonus content etc … As a painter/musicians myself it’s like having a new toy as a little kid ! (i have around 250 copies at home which is not even that big).
What lies in the future?
-Who knows ? A new album definitely, maybe good live shows (if we can get ourselves out of that Covid19 pandemic ), alot of work that’s for sure, maybe more interviews like this one because it was a lot of fun actually ! Touring all around the world and live of our passion ? THAT would be pretty cool !