Interview with Necrophor

Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?

The band is called Necrophor and I created it with a specifik purpose. How it will evolve, if at all, is yet to be seen.
Previously I was the vocalist (and founder) of Stormrider (Sweden).
The other 3 members also have a history in that same band and I do believe in a few others as well.

Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?

The name along with its formation was a process roughly around 6 months before Necrophor was “formed”.
To complete the formation I contacted two of my old comrades in Stormrider and asked them to join.
A third member has been added since then.

What can you tell us about your latest record?

It was recorded in Sunlight Studio with Tomas Skogsberg, it was actually he that convinced me to let Necrophor evolve from its current state and record a full-lenght. It mostly consists of newly recorded versions of the tracks that can be found on our Promos. Or material/Singles we decided to release for free.

What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?

We do not really wait for any feedback, but we made sure a selected few got hold of a copy.
We have no list and no real idea to whom the label have decided to spread the album to regarding promotion.

Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?

We are not going to do a world tour, Necrophor was not even intended to play live. However it is a possibility that a live-show will happen sometime in the future. If anyone wants to tour the world I do think they can, it is all about what you are willing to sacrifice. Unless you are fully backed by a label/booking agency. But for THAT to happen you better sell a lot of copies and/or have the complete faith from somone high up in that label that you will do so in the future.

Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?

The short answer would be; yes.
We released our first three promos for free and money is really not the reason why we do what we do.
Even the full-lenght is priced pretty damn low, what drives the price up is the damn postage.
(If you wish to buy it directly from the band that is.)

What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

As with all things it has both positive and negative aspects.
And as I answered on the above question, yes we have given away our music for free… why not?
We have also given away several copies of “Reborn” for free.

Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?

We usually refrain from name-dropping, but listening to our music I am certain it is rather obvious who are influences are.
There are even a few “tributes hidden” on the album to different bands.
And no, I really do not see us becoming anyway near as famous as they are and we do not aspire to that either.

Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?

I am not sure but I think Henrik Larsйn has one, but the rest of us are still ignorant bastards.
I believe it can limit you in some ways, but in other ways I am sure it is great.
But as a whole I do not see it is as an important thing, the main and key ingridient is the “emotion” and “essence” you manage to infuse into the music.

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

Since we are not a busy live-band it is not a problem for us to balance things. Not to mention activities as a group has been very low the past 6 months. I have begun writing on a few tracks, it is very important that the “right state of mind and inspiration” comes naturually or else it would be no point. And so far only tendrils have come, so it might take a while before I contact the others again to see how and where Necrophor will go next.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

We did quite a few gigs with Stormrider (Sweden) and the only way we saw fit to handle it was just to play through it. Mistakes happens on
every gig, but 99% of the time they are so small no one else even notice them. And it is only natural to become a little nervous, it heightens your performance… but after the few first notes it is gone and you enter a whole new reality/existance.

What’s next? Thank you!

I cannot tell you what is next, but it will be interesting to see how it all will evolve, if at all.
On behalf of myself and Necrophor we would like to thank you and MusicWorld for this interview.

(Answers given by Henrik Eriksson of Necrophor)

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