WORSTENEMY is a band that i have been aware of for a while but apparently hasn’t interviewed until now. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-I am not really sure but I can definitely say we have several aspects that have shaped our personality. We have been playing for 20 years and we gained a lot of experience in the meantime. We are aware of what we have become but we are still humble and this is our most important characteristic. What makes us different is probably our big effort to keep playing old school death metal but being also open to new influences.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Our previous name from 1997 to 2000 was “Karnak” but we had to change it into Worstenemy because of a case of homonymous. I have been inspired by a Deicide’s song “Worst Enemy” and then I have just put the two words together. The Deicide is a band that has influenced our choices a lot, especially during our first period.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-As I have already said, we got inspiration from different bands such as Deicide, Morbid Angel, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse and, above all, Sepultura (with Max) and other bands. All these people are still guiding us, even though I would like to highlight, once more, that it is not only the extreme metal we look at. We all listen to different genres; personally, I listen to a different things and I tend to improve my arranging, borrowing ideas from the music I like and making up something unique and personal. We wants to come out with quality products but it does not have to be 100% original to be good.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Everybody buys what he likes but having the opportunity to listen to a lot of music, thanks to the net, makes us choose what we prefer. We have so much available and it is also amazing that we can give an album a second chance if we can listen to it as many times as we want to. Cds and Lps are good if you love to collect them, but they are very precious and delicate.
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?
-I always listen to music on my phone, wearing earphones but I also do it while I am driving: it is pretty comfortable. I sometimes use Spotify on my computer to listen to new albums, but it only helps me to choose whether to buy the cd or not. I have recently bought LPs too, because of their fantastic quality. I still buy tapes if I can. I was born in the 70s and I am really attached to LPs and I am not worried about how music will evolve in the future. It is always pleasant to collect LPs . Our new work “Deception” has come out in different formats: digital, cds and a Japanese version. We are expecting it to come out as a double vinyl. It would be great!
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-We really want everything in our albums to be perfect, so we really care about the art work and we spent a long time on it. Images, background and the font have to give the work a final touch of solemnity. The art work bears a message…
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.*
-It is true. We need to work hard if you want to boost your work. Internet and the social media help to spread your ideas more quickly, but it feels like being in a massive “jungle” and it might happen that nobody sees you or listens to your songs. That is why I believe in live shows and we want to play as much as possible and everywhere: listeners also need to be in front of you. It is not so easy and it costs a lot of money and time, but it is satisfying in the end!
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-I just want to play good music and have fun. I try to do my best with the band and we all share the same passion and the will to see people joining us and coming to our gigs.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-I can say we are a “touring” band, pretty much! I am so sure that being on tour is the best thing to do if you want to promote your music and the band itself. It needs a lot of work, while pushing the band online.
What will the future bring?
-Who knows? More gigs, more traveling, more people, more Death Metal storms! \m/