VST is a band that I just recently got to know about. So I thought it timely with an interview to get to know more about them. 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?
-Our message, the pure combination between our tones, our beats and the lyrics, the darkness and liberation we want to spread through every song, this mix of heaviness, atmosphere, density and madness.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name to have to fit your music?
-It was an introspective process since didn’t wanted to end with and empty, joking name, we wanted something crushing and mysterious at the same time, so VST was the perfect description for us and our music, blood thirsty warriors.

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?
-Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Behemoth, Metallica, Pantera. Today we feed from any expression of freedom and art itself, from any satanic values printed into beauty, films, novels, music and scores.

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?
-We first started creating some music for a 3 song EP, then we found that this could go further, so we started inspiring ourselves to pick up a name for this celebration.

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?
-We do not believe in single tracks, we always try to compose our releases by full length’s and complete pieces of music, that just enriches us as writers, we also are in favor of the CD culture, digital is an awesome outcome at media, but classic it always better.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It’s essential, the image and graphic message is the skin of our music, is the first impression, we always think in do cover and tones one in soul, they do company to each other.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-It totally changed the play, back in early days it was all printed and radio promotion, now music and bands are just a click away, so we are going with the flow, we like to take advantage of opportunities in our way.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Not really for us, this is a personal way of expression, we see it like a cult, a disconnection from the reality, so we prefer to be just Vst, the band.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We have been involved in a couple of national tours, and some outside shows as openers of some bands like Mayhem and Necrophobic, between others, lately we have been focused in the composition and studio work.

What will the future bring?
-We want to continue promoting this latest album “The Beast Manifesto”, we are thinking in a couple of shows and maybe, why not a new album next year.

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