For some reason I totally missed thatNEGLIENCE released an album on Metal Blade. Don’t know if it’s me or if it’s Metal Blade that has lost teh touch but this band deserves your attention. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
I’m sorry to say so but I totally missed out on your Metal Blade album when it was released. What has it meant for the interest in the band that you’ve released an album on such a big label?
-Well don’t worry too much about it, the album was meant to stay for a while, so the important thing is that you caught it now. First of all, it meant an achievement of some of our goals that we set to ourselves a while ago. Like every band we always dreamt of getting a really big label to release our album, so to actually see something like that come to life is amazing. It tells you that you’ve obviously been doing something right and it inspires you to push on harder. Secondly, it meant a lot for us in terms of recognition. It introduced our sound to a wider audience that we probably wouldn’t have reached otherwise, at least not for some time, and that means the world to us. Even if it helped us reach out just to a single new fan, I still consider it a success.
What kind of reactions have you had to your album?
-I’m happy to say that the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, with a lot people recognizing that Negligence is a bit more than just a generic Thrash band spree. We put a lot of effort into song writing, lyrics and the whole conceptual image of the album, so it’s great to see that people dig it. We’ve also gotten numerous positive critiques on the sound production, what makes us even prouder since we recorded and mixed the album by ourselves in our home studio. Like positives, there were also a few negatives, but to me that’s only natural, since you can’t be right up to everyone’s alley. Some people were dissapointed we weren’t wearing white hi-tops and others felt that not having breakdowns and emo screams is “too 80’s”,…but you know, that’s how the music industry is today.
The album is quite old by now. What have you in store for us starving metal fans?
-I’m very happy to say that we’re currently deep, deep in the process of pre-producing our new album. We’ve got like, 8, 9 songs 80% done, so realistically we’re aiming to be done with the pre-procuction phase by the end of the summer. It takes a long time for us to get things done the way we like them, but we’re pushing ourselves harder than usual so hopefully we’ll be talking specifics by the end of the year.
Although it’s been close to 20 years since Yugoslavia went under. Yet I have not come upon too many Slovenian, Serbian or Croatian metal bands. Are you guys bad at promoting yourself outside of your home country?
-Heh, I wouldn’t say we’re bad at it, we’re just a few steps behind unfortunately. The scene here simply hasn’t evolved so much as it has in Germany, UK, US and Sweden for instance. Now I’m not saying that there’s no scene here, it’s quite the contrary actually, the metal scene is real big, but when it comes to getting some leverage for the little bands to stand out, there’s no one there to help you out. It’s hard, really hard to get a big label or support a big name outside the border and I wouldn’t say that bands have only themselves to blame.
How do you promote your band the best way to gain the most public interest?
-We’ve got a label for those things, so if you’re trying to say that we’re not doing enough, you should tell that to them, haha! Promoting live, definitely. We’re a live band that comes to life on stage and I’m sure that anyone that has seen us play live can remember one thing or another from the show. There’s no promotion plan or nothing, we just let our music do the talking and if people like what they hear, if they get on the same level, they’ll pass the album or the mp3 on to their friend and that’s the greatest promotion you can ever get. We’ve got a video, facebook, twitter and all that crap, but like I said, words of mouth are our biggest allies.
Playing thrash in 2012 seems like being stuck in the past. What kind of thrash scene is there worldwide today?
-I think that’s a misconception. Why should Thrash be a thing of the past and Heavy Metal not, for instance? It’s a thing of the past only if you want to see it that way, but of course you have to differenciate between the music and the image, I’m strictly talking about music here. We never started writing music with a sole purpose of making Thrash music, we just composed what was natural to us and if people categorized it as Thrash than why not, but if anyone says that we’re stuck in the past then I’d have to strongly disagree. We’re not all that into reliving the 80’s, I mean it’s been a great period of time for metal, probably the best so far, but times move on. As far as the modern Thrash scene today, I can’t say I’m too fond of it, nor do I follow it much too be honest and I wouldn’t really count Negligence under its representatives. Ideologically and musically I don’t think we have too many things in common.
Playing live is probably a necessity. What kind of live scene are you part of?
-Playing live would be a necessity if we’d live off music, but to us that’s still aeons away, so for now playing live is still a complete joy and not just a sheer necessity. For me personally performing live represents the best thing about being in a band. It’s the only place where I can express myself even better than in the studio.
How do you as a band that is on the way up get on the right kind of tours and festivals? What does it mean to play with the right kind of bands?
-It means everything actually. There’d be a big difference if we’d go to Stockholm next week by ourselves probably playing in front of 50 people or if we’d be supporting Megadeth in front of a sell-out crowd. It gives you leverage, it helps you to introduce yourself to an audience that would have otherwise maybe never heard of you, so of course it means a lot. Right kind of tours and festivals…I think it’s only natural that you want to open for the bands you grew up listening to, so we always steer towards those waters and besides I don’t think we’d really “rock the house” all that much on an Pagan metal fest, so obviously you’ve gotta pick things that go together.
What kind of scene are you a part of? How much camaraderie is the in the national metal scene?
-I know that people say that the music business is a bitch and not exactly a place where you’ll find too many friends , but I have to knock on wood and say that we’ve always somehow dealt with good, friendly people that helped us a lot on our way. Slovenia’s scene is a very active one, but real small, to the point where most of the bands know each other well, so there naturally is cameraderie as well as a lot of bullshit, just like you would have expected.
What would you like to happen to the band in the future?
-It’s always nice to think big and bold, but for now I’d rather just stay realistic and hope to see our next album go triple-platinum in Uganda. Joke aside, I’d love to see us make it big and selling out big venues, but if we learned something so far is that you need to be patient, set your goals and just take each opportunity as it comes.