I guess that there isn’t anybody that doesn’t have a thing or two that has the stamp “Made in China” but how many can say that they have a CD in their collection with a Chinese metal band? Check out ULULATE. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us?
-Ululate was created in 2001, when i left the death/thrash metal band at the time. i always cannot deal with interpersonal relationship, maybe a solo project is only choice. at the beginning, band did not have a clear direction of development, just recorded some harsh demo. i have to learn other musical instruments, self production, mixing and mastering stuff. then Ululate released a few album and EP in china. fortunaely, i can gathering some old friend to help me finish the gigs. in 2006, i was tired of what Ululate did at that time, mainly in the style of music, too immaturity to bear. so i decided to suspend all activites till 2015, Ululate released new album “Back To Cannibal World” at Xtreem Music. there is no interesting story, just a little band in china.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-as many people know, band began in black metal. early inspiration comes from Bathory”Under The Black Mark” Dark Throne”Under A Funeral Moon” and burzum’s first album. then other elements in the music of the proportion gradually increased, becasue more and more depressed black metal clinche makes me shit. now you can hear more influence from autopsy，immolation’s old school death metal. in terms of structure, the real impact on me is King Crimson, ELP and Goblin. 60,70’s progressive rock band always express different emotions in different paragraphs, i want to use this expression to enrich Ululate sound, make it more diverse.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-when Ululate’s demo day, actually i didn’t give it a certain name at that time. just often recording in my friend’s home studio. one day a neighbor ask me “do you hear someone ululating here every day ?” i think “this is a good name”.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-life and death. i know people often be confused when they talking about Ululate, because band theme has been around the zombie or horrior movie. but i never focus on gore and bloody things. for death we should respect and awe. ultimate is hidden in every cold body, waiting for left behind to discover the mysteries of universe, strange of aeons.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-i have no experience in this area. Ululate haven’t released LP version of album. but sometimes the art work can help you to make the music more vivid. i don’t know if you’re same as me ,when i was young. for some strange album, i can only judge it by the cover, whether it is worth to buy. lots of them, i have not heard of many years, but the cover i always remember.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-first of all, china internet blockade, prohibiting use like youtube, facebook, twitter, google…so chinese band has little chance to show themself to the world. and for myself, i’m not a man who is good at introducing self to the outside. this greatly limits the development of the band, but i don’t have a way to keep good mood when dealing with different people. those friends i don’t know who have uploaded Ululate song on youtube, thank you so much.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-hummm…..never. you know ,Ululate is a one man band. most of the time i can only sit in a doze in front of a pile equipment. ten years ago, a lot of people are willing to communicate through the internet for the feeling of music. but now, we only want to say “these are good, those are shit”. music creation is very personal, think that you have a lot of friends is not true, perhaps more time you need is the enemy.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot so on your own?
-for young bands, it is easy to issue their own work. they have bandcamp, soundcloud, itunes. but i prefer to use the old way. those owner of excellent label, they have unique taste and rich experience in offering. professional things should be done by more professional people, through cooperation with them, you will be very easy to find like-minded friends.such as Ululate signed xtreem recently, i pay attention to Xtreem Music for many years, even from the Repulse Records. a number of classic death metal album published by them. and Dave Rotten is a very professional owner, full of energy, he has done a lot of help for Ululate, this little poor band.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-actually, Ululate don’t do any more gig since 2007. members have their regular job, or move to other city. but good news is i’ve found new members and began to rehearse, and soon we’ll be able to get on the road again. we also hope to have a chance to go abroad.
What will the future bring?
-completed the recording of the new album of course. i have prepared 10 new songs, they will have some differences with previous work. except Ululate affairs, i also do mixing and mastering for other bands, there are a lot of things to finish.