VOLDT

In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with VOLDT. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Above all, we are excited to bring out our first official release. We are very pleased with how things turned out and that we got all our plans done so far. On the other hand we’ve got a whole bunch of new material waiting for us to be recorded for the first full-length.

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?
-We’ve had a pretty big list of name suggestions we came up with and in the end it became VOLDT. We chose that name because we wanted a name that is catchy, one-worded, individual and not too complicated in terms of interpretation. We think we got that quite right, as you will find us immediately when you google it. VOLDT might bring up a subtle relation to volt, which is somehow synonymous to tension and we hope our music is able to create that. And of course it’s also important that if we should ever change our style to country music we don’t have to change the name as well.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-That’s what it’s all about, it means everything to us.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Well, in cases of heavy metal in general, maybe not that important. We let the music speak and what it’s trying to say is „listen, this is how real, mighty and unforgiving life sounds“ and let you immediately raise your metal claw into the air, wanted or unwanted, and revere the epicness of things. Kind of like that. But we are just regular dudes, basically.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Very damn important. The visual aspect is always the first impression of an artist and should never be disregarded. Unless you listen to burned CD-copies only, which nobody does today, fortunately. I discovered a shitload of good records back in the days just by picking the one’s with the cool artwork. Maiden, Slayer, Death, Opeth, you name it.

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?
-Well, as we are a young band in the early stages we have no experience with how it’s been before that. I guess it’s okay. It might take a little while longer until you get recognized but it should always be worth the effort.

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?
-Yes. Metal is still one of the most persistant and reliable music communities out there. And we are very happy to be a part of it and to do our bit to make it evolve and live on.

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 wouldn’t know what kind of ailment you are talking about. There are great bands from various sub-genres out there and whenever I go to a live show I still see a big dedicated crowd enjoying the music and buying loads of records and merch.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Oh, we are not, yet. We hope we will be. Just keep supporting us and we would love to be touring the world.
What will the future bring?
-If we knew that, we would either be earning hell a lot of money, or be hanged. Thank you for having us!

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