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 WHEN PLAGUES COLLIDE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-Creating own songs has always been a passion of ours, so that’s pretty obvious. Being musicians, there’s nothing like creating new music. There’s a certain vibe going on while writing and playing new songs you can not describe to other people.
Always pushing boundaries!
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-First of all, recordings have been a lot more professional thanks to recording it at Project Zero Studio. These guys are among the best when talking about putting out an amazing record.
Secondly, adding symphonic elements just opened up a whole world for us to work with. We were not limited to the ‘pure deathcore’ sound and writing style. We love creating a dark vibe and those symphonic elements are perfect for that.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-The reactions until now are mere positive. I guess because of the understandable, relatable lyrics and story lines. Sending a message is part of what keeps us going. The red line can be found in the album title Tutor of the Dying, which stands for never giving up, helping each other out and doing just as you wish with upmost respect for one and other. Written in a dark and angry atmosphere -ofcourse.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-Bands like Make Them Suffer, Shadow Of Intent and Angelmaker are definitely bands we identify to within the genre. But we try to create our own sound ofcourse. You want to be recognised as soon as your song pops up on the radio of whatever. Like : “yeah, that’s When Plagues Collide!”
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-Album artwork is always a hard one to tackle for us. We got a pretty good idea on how we want the artwork to look like, but never really get an artist to design what we want. So we just kind of hunt for existing artwork that fits the most to what we want. Luckily, there’s so much artwork to choose from, so not too hard a problem there.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-Artwork is part of presenting your music, so it’s not something we take lightly. A cool artwork makes people buy the album before hearing it, even in the digital world we live in. So we follow your opinion on that!
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-Easy : songtitles should be a summary of the lyrics in our opinion. People should be triggered by the title alone. Edgy titles are not really our thing, we like to do whatever we want, regardless if it’s being popular at the moment or not.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We like streaming services like spotify and google play as well, because just about everyone can listen to your music wherever they are. Only problem is that as a band, you’re not really getting enough earnings back from the streaming services. They should/could award us a bit more.
Secondly : in the old days releasing an album every two of three years was perfectly acceptable. Nowadays, you have to keep putting out new music almost every 4-5months to keep people interested. This sometimes leads to a bad follow-up album in some cases.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-In deathcore, there’s a lot of internet bands that never play live. But that’s not us. We love playing live and seeing people go crazy when we’re playing.
What lies in the future?
We don’t really know yet. We’ll be realeasing new songs, or even a new album pretty soon.
For shows : hopefully as many as possible. We’re dreaming of playing around the world (who isn’t?) But are very happy playing local shows as well.
Santy, Wouter, Joris, Siebe and Bastiaan