With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to WITCHGOAT. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-First, thank you for the space and greetings to all the community that reads this interview. OK the album debut of Witchgöat was released about 3 months ago, we have received a good response considering the band is new in the metal scene, and yes, it had generated some expectation even when we just recorded and released our Demo less than a year ago in July 2018.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity?
-We believe the continuity is important, it’s still early to talk about a second album, but I think that elements such as speed, the old school influence, the ferocity of the growls and the taste of evil sounds in our music should always be a constant in a second album. Maybe there could be changes in the type of sound, just as there were changes in the sound between the demo and the debut album, little by little the band is looking for a suitable sound, otherwise the influences and the type of music should always have a base anchored in the old school metal music.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-The sound of the album Egregors of the Black Faith is satisfactory for us, there are some points that can be improved obviously, everything is a way of trial and error. Is our first album and we are satisfied with the result obtained; the sound of the album is the result of the participation of the musical taste of all the members of the band. It may be difficult to standardize the criteria and tastes, but I think that the best was done in this case.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Very important, it would not make sense to just write lyrics to fill out the song. We are not bounded regarding topics, we write of anything that could be at our interest like war, occultism, atrocities, etc.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Its also an important thing that has to be related to either the whole album concept and/or any of their specific tracks or topics. This time is a representation of an Egregor.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-It’s always very important for a band, the background of a record label, we estimate it gives support and seriousness to the name of the band, especially a label that has a certain trajectory giving support to this kind of music, you know, it’s easier to distribute the music using the contacts of a record label. On a personal level, we believe the most faithful fans of metal music always prefer to collect the physical format of the music and not have a lot of files on a hard disk or in a cloud on the internet. At that point we as fans of this kind of music, we prefer to collect music in CD, LP or Tape format with all its corresponding artwork …. Online music is only useful to know a new band and know if it is worth or not worth buying their physical material.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-At present there are many great bands available, it is impossible to buy the physical material of all these bands, that’s why the internet music download resource is a useful tool to listen to the material of many bands, then one decides which bands they are the ones that you like the best and in that case one asks for the material in physical format. Personally, I have known many very good bands through downloading or listening to their music from the internet, however, I buy their material in physical when I like a lot an album and I like to have in my hands the art and lyrics and all that. The bands that make this type of music usually don’t do it for business. It is important to distribute the music and reach more people, it’s in this sense that the resource of online music platforms should be valued.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Nationality matters from the point of view of the economic development of a country, the effort to produce music and distribute it from the third world is much greater than in developed countries. However, it is easier nowadays to make your music known through the internet, this helps bands from distant and little known countries to be heard. All the above always at the underground level, hardly a band from an underdeveloped country will enter a larger market
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 trust that the true fans of the extreme metal cult will be faithful to the physical format. The digital format appeared on the scene more than 20 years ago, the trend was increasing until the commercial music was completely affected and had to find a way to sell audio files and now more recently sell access to all kinds of online music. However, in cult music, there has always been a percentage of fans who have continued to buy music in physical format, there have been sometimes where that has varied (more or less), however, for example, now we see a return of music on vinyl format, many companies are again pressing LPs. We see it as if the music file you have on a USB stick or listening to music on Spotify or Deezer, is like using paper money, but what gives value to that paper currency is your physical collection that you keep, where you can see the details of the art, the lyrics of the songs etc. … Perhaps our way of thinking is a little outdated, however the time so far has given us reason and I speak especially at the level of Underground music.
What does the future hold for you?
-We thank you for directing this interview, we can finally say that our aspirations are modest, at the moment we try to distribute the album that we did in the best possible way, and in the future we hope to continue spitting our music for underground metal fans, our only ambition is to leave evidence of our passage through the kind of music that we love.