With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to WARBRINGER. Answers from John. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We formed the band in 2004-2006, working in John Laux’s garage in Newbury Park, California, and Ryan Bates’ dad’s auto shop in Ventura. It was very much from the ground up and I had no previous experience in music whatsoever. The purpose was basically that we all were young people getting into old metal and we loved it, but nobody we knew of in our area played it.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It is difficult when there are tens of thousands of bands in a music genre that has been around for several decades. Still, I believe metal, and thrash metal is a wide and diverse enough genre that it can be done. Basically, all the metal we enjoy goes into our mixture, and this is different than the 80s thrash sound because a lot of that music did not exist yet when those records were made. I think we try to take the spirit of classic metal and channel it through our own selves to create something uniquely us that also is the kind of straight up metal we want to hear.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Well, we released a documentary about this called “The Science of Thrash” that really breaks down the creative process in detail for this album. If anyone is really interested in this question, I would recommend they watch that, you can easily find it on youtube.
Basically what we describe there is that each song has its own process. The primary songwriters are Carlos Cruz, Adam Carroll, and myself, and some of each of the songs begin in the heads of one of these members. The process can be a lot of fun, and multiple avenues of creativity at every level of the song’s construction makes it a dynamic and fun process for me.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-That didn’t happen in this case. Though we don’t record at home for the final product, we do demo all the material in home studio in order to help the writing process. But we released two songs in the year and a half or so leading up to the release of this record,
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Well, you aren’t interviewing Nostradamus here. I wish I knew. It isn’t just the possibility of free access to music that is difficult for artists today: the proliferation of high quality home recording means that there are simply a lot more bands releasing music. I think that this makes the market very crowded compared to the ast, in addition to difficulties getting income from the music bands do make.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Generally, a really strong and positive response. I think people really enjoy the old metal spirit channeled through a “new” band (now 6 albums in). I think people have seen the extensive progression in Warbringer’s career and respect the consistency and growth of the band.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Depends how easily one is surprised, I guess. I’ve met a huge range of people, but I am not particularly surprised that I have done so, it makes sense given all the different places I’ve been with the band, and just the general vastness of the world and of humanity. It’s been particularly cool to meet and talk to a bunch of people who make music that I myself enjoy- that’s something any fan of music would dream of, and I’ve been very lucky in that way. But really, I’ve seen people of all kinds of different people, and there’s no one thing that pops out as “most surprising” to me.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Yes, naturally. The opportunity to travel to many places in the world is the biggest part, a lot of my interest in world history comes from travels I did with the band. I notice far less difference between people in the world than an overriding basic similarity. I think that it has really opened up my mind to the world, having spent so much time drifting around it and being in a different city or even country each day.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Yes, certainly. The live scene is our lifeblood, we are known first and foremost as a touring and live band. Thrash metal, as a genre, goes over extremely well live.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Ride out Coronavirus, support the new record by any means we can, and get back to wrecking necks how we were meant to. What else can we do? We are here for the same reasons we started- to keep metal we would actually want to hear ourselves a force to be reckoned with heading forward into the new century.