I have to admit that I am clueless as to what VOJD is all about. This interview answered by Joseph shed some light on who they are. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-I’m satisfied with the result and I’m also very happy that the whole album process is over, there were times when I wasn’t sure if the album would ever be finished or not actually. the whole recording period stretched over about a year, with long breaks and change of line-up in between.
Although it’s great to take things slow while making an album, being able to go back and reflect on things, it’s also kind of frustrating the way we did it this time, since you’re in the process for such a long time.
However, I feel that it’s a great album, lots of new styles are introduced here that we haven’t tried before.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-I think it suits the record we’ve just finished with a slight touch of outer space theme.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means a lot. if no one cared we wouldn’t make any albums. I would and will write music til the day I die, for my own sake, but the concept of making an album would be pointless if no one would by it.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I’m a fan of band image, I like bands that carries a whole concept and make things coherent. You should be able to tell from a picture of a band you never heard before if its worth to check out or not.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Very important, same thing here, you should be able to tell from the cover of a record if it’s worth a listen. Music and image goes hand in hand, whether you’re listening to the record while looking at the artwork or you go to see a band live. I always keep the artwork in mind during the writing of an album, I always have a clear picture of what color the record has, usually even before the writing process begins. I knew from the start that I wanted this to be our black record.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I don’t know really. I would have liked to try music business the way it was before social media, but I’m not sure if it would have been better, probably not.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Playing or writing music in general gives meaning to your life. And of course It creates a lot of bonds. Iv’e never committed myself to a certain scene, but Iv’e built a lot of friendships from the music.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-I’m not that involved in the scene right now actually, but as far as record sales and gig turn outs the hard rock scene seem stable.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-This band is not much of a touring band at all actually, we play a few shows here and there. But we’ll see when the record comes out. I mean, even thou I, myself, see this album as our third one, the sequel to the two previous black trip albums, we’re still starting over in a way, not from page one maybe, but still, we have to make a name, so we’ll see where it all goes.
What will the future bring?
-We’ll do as much live performances as we can to promote the new album. We’re now rehearsing the new set, with material from all our 3 records.