VHOD

I have no idea what VHOD means or stand for so what better way to find out than through an interview. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-The band name was something I stumbled on a few years back. I didn’t even intend to use it as a band name initially. It means ‘entrance’ and basically reflects on how I want to be completely open with regards to my music and my intent to let everything from within come to the surface in some way or another.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Vhod is the result of a merger of my past projects Godcursed, Morbid Darkness, Worms Of The Birth. I’ve been playing and writing since 1988/1989 and have generally kept in the realm of black, death, doom and thrash.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-The long and short of it is that I first think about a vibe or an image or some type of theme for an album or EP and then I begin writing riffs. When I’ve established some key main riffs I begin to record and arrange simultaneously. Sometimes a part will suggest a pre-existing riff that I have written at some point in the past and I throw it in. Sometimes it is all new and off the cuff. I try to go with feel primarily.

When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Well, as a solo musician I feel the global thing a lot more than when I was part of a full band, though I think it was because the band itself was aiming more for a local audience. However, in both cases I feel the worldwide unity exists. We’re all into the same stuff and like to be connected with people all over the planet. It is especially easy these days, but I used to connect with people via mail back in the early 90’s as well. Same vibe.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-It depends on the act. Personally, I’m a laid-back guy, totally chill. So I feel the most honest thing to do is just be myself. Some feel it necessary to pose out and get all made up and such. Whatever is your thing, I think it’s all cool. I think artwork is still very relevant. I have always connected art with music. I suppose some in newer generations may have different views but I’d hope the tradition will carry on.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-I write what is on my mind or in my life at the given time. Sometimes they are relevant to my personal life, sometimes they are just narratives or descriptive type lyrics to evoke images or moods. I think that there are great lyrics and shitty lyrics and I try not to write shitty ones.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I think digital downloads offer people more choices as to what they decide to buy. I think options are good, but I personally opt for entire albums as opposed to singles. I think it comes in waves, like how vinyl made a comeback. This would suggest that at least some of us still honour the album.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I have no idea. It depends on the masses. For many years I was smitten with the digital format…very convenient, etc. But I’ve come around lately to really be digging analog as well. I like both formats and I think that the world should embrace and implement both.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experiencevwith you like?
-I am a one man act, so touring is out for now.

What lies in the future?
-I am currently in the early stages of new material for a new thing…no specifics, but I am excited for the future and my upcoming plans.

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