VATIKA is a Swedish band that I did not really know existed, until now. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We want to give the Old Scool Heavy Metal/ Thrash Metal fan a nice trip down a dark alle, the songs are simple with an unpolished feel, we like to keep things uncomplicated. The music stands on the riffs and the attitude in the vocals and lyrics.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Well Picking a name is really hard, here is the story behind the name Vatika. The Vatican is a symbol of Christianity. We are today so used to the name that we hardly think about how the Vatican got its name. The truth is that the name Vatican is neither Latin nor Greek and cannot be traced to the Bible either.The word we associate with the Church is closely linked to the Etruscan goddess Vatika, the name “Vatican” predates Christianity and is shrouded in mystery.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-For me as a singer and storyteller? King Diamond of course, Slayers Tom Araya has also inspired me in my style of singing, bands like Violence, Kreator, Haunted, with a lot of attitude the list can be long.. I´m a huge fan of Doom Metal, Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus has played a role also. If I go back to when I grew up, Black Sabbath was probably the greatest inspiration.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-The sound came first, after we did a couple of songs we had a red line to follow, then the name came up to crown the whole thing.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think the Hardcore album collectors will always be around, there are many releases in vinyl, so releasing a 7´in vinyl can be a good move. Act No 1 is only available on CD for the moment and Spotify. I also think YouTube is important, we like to have a visual experience when we listen to music, so perhaps YouTube is the future..

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The Artwork is very important, that’s the first thing you see before you hear the band, so it should go with the music, you need to have something that people can relate to, I mean you can´t have unicorns and soap bubbles if you play Heavy Metal

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media is a good way for a small band with no backing to do promotion for them, but it´s very hard I think, finding a new good band is often done via interviews and reviews instead.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Perhaps, I never thought about it that way, I do this with my heart and the creativity it brings, but yes your definitely part of something, bands pass the torch with what we do to the next generation of bands (If someone likes what we do)

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-No touring at this point

What will the future bring?
-More Darkness, we are in the writing process for the Next Act of Vatika, the plan is a new album, with the same red line in the sound, storytelling and so on, we have just begun.

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