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 VULTURE. Answers from Stefan.Anders Ekdahl ©2019
we live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
Stefan: Dangerous and original songwriting.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Stefan: We argued a lot on that. We wanted to have a catchy name, preferably one word only. We don’t like the idea of adding attributes to bandnames. We could f.e. also have called us BLACK Vulture or I don’t know, DARK Vulture, but that was something to avoid for us. So, there might be a few different Vulture’s around, but we don’t care that much.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Stefan: Back then when I first started playing Speed/Thrash it was definitely Slayer and the big german names around. That’s roughly 14 years ago. Now I’m getting most inspiration from listening to proto or new wave stuff. We like to think a lot about “man, what did these guys listne to in order to create such aggressive music?” Grabbing that whole Heavy Metal thing or if you wanna get closer the Speed Metal movements from the bay area in the early 80s by its very very roots, gives us a lot of musical refreshment.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
Stefan: We don’t think too much about that. From a musicians perspective you make money with vinyl CDs and tapes but never with streaming. From the fan perspective its way easier to get in touch with new records via streaming. I think it’s important to value both sides. That’s what we are trying to do as fans.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
Stefan: I don’t really know. I bet for labels it’s very hard to make money with bands like us. It needs a lot of dedicated people inside these labels to keep this all going.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Stefan: A lot. We value it just as much as sound design. An artwork is an eyecatcher, a moodsetter. That should never be underestimated.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
Stefan: I have never experienced being a musician without social media, so I can’t really tell. It’s great, that we’re able to reach that many people online but it’s of cause extra cool, when people get to know you at concerts and you can chat with ’em right away. Like the close atmosphere.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
Stefan: Definitely. The whole underground just seems to be one big party. We know people nearly everywhere we go. That’s a great thing.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Stefan: We would love to tour more and more. Unfortunately we’re all in jobs and have limited days off a year. This years tour with RAM will be our first real one. Super excited.
What will the future bring?
Stefan: As many concerts as possible. Also working on new songs already. WATCH OUT!