Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Killing Gandhi Interview

Answered by Kasper (Bass) and Martin (guitars)

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Kasper: Most of the activity in the band, after the recordings of the new album, has been behind the computer screen. We really did put an effort in making an attractive press kit, to find a record label we found suitable for this next Killing Gandhi release. We are really happy that we ended up at Massacre Records in Germany.

2.You have a new album coming out in February, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Martin: The writing and recording of this album only took us a year to do. We started mid-February '16 and was done with the whole process mid-February '17.  When I write I tend to record some basic ideas into Pro Tools and then I start arranging parts (verse, chorus, breaks...etc.) when that's done I usually arrange drums and the keyboards, then bass and in the end vocals. This time around I did guitars, keys, vocals, added some drum ideas in EZ-Drummer and handed over the drum writing part to Rasmus (drums). We then went over his parts in the studio together with Jacob Hansen (producer). The bass parts were done while recording the album itself.
The way we've done it this time actually makes it sound heavier and laid back, because of Rasmus' drumming technique and playing style, than our debut album "Cinematic Parallels".
The atmosphere on the entire album is very dark sounding. The theme for the album was already chosen when I started writing the music, and that did make the writing process very easy. Also, Jacob Hansen has outdone himself, prior to our first release which he also mixed.

3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Martin: This release is somewhat of a concept album. The songs them selfs, don't need to be heard in full context (the entire album from start to end) to have a meaning, as they singular tell a story which can mean one thing and together with the other songs another.
The concept is based on the paintings of Vilhelm Hammershøi and his somewhat dark and mysterious approach, and my own story of depression with a portion of fiction as well.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about why you chose the name 'Killing Gandhi'?

Martin: There are two stories to that question:
1. It's an "advanced" version of a scene from the movie "Fight Club".
The two main characters talk about who they would fight, and one of the says "I'd fight Gandhi!" My approach to that was what is more provocative than fighting? THAT would be killing, and that's all there is to it..... Many will be provoked about this name, and that's exactly what the intention was from the beginning, AND you will probably remember our name for exactly that reason. It's all about branding!
2. The more "romantic" version.
Do you think the way we live in the western world is living in harmony with Gandhi's ideologies? or are we Killing Gandhi?

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Kasper: The majority of our shows have been played in Denmark since we are still at the beginning of the band’s history. Mostly with a successful outcome We have had great feedback from the audience as well as the press. Our stage performance is solid, powerful and energetic! We are all experienced musicians and have done a lot of touring with our previous bands.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Kasper: Definitely! We have recently signed a deal with EAM, a larger booking agency based in Germany, which hopefully will provide us with more shows in the near future, making us hit the road to promote the new album as soon as possible. Both touring and festival shows should be on the Killing Gandhi agenda in 2018.

7.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?

Kasper: Really great. Our debut album “Cinematic Parallels” only gained top score reviews…..not a single review was below average! Unfortunately, the promotion of our first album was a little poor, so the attention it got was limited.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Kasper: Right now it’s only Rasmus Schmidt (drums) who is playing with another act (Illdisposed). The other bands we’ve been with, are not really part of our music career anymore.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Kasper: You just never know! We are very open-minded when it comes to writing new music. We’ll almost certainly stick to the Melo-death genre, but how the material and sound turn out, is part of the “free” process.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Kasper & Martin: Metal acts like Arch Enemy, In Flames, Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir, Devin Townsend a.o., are a big inspiration, but we also look in non-metal directions like Daft Punk, Robyn and Le Matos when we are trying to get inspired for writing new music.

11.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Kasper: I really enjoy doing different kinds of sports (Soccer, Skiing, Hockey). Cooking is something I dig too…..and the more “nerdy” side of me is really interested in History and Geography.

Martin: Me, my self and I, or whatever the day brings…..

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Kasper: Check out our new album, and stay safe and positive!

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