The Swedish band just released their second album and as they are still not known by every metalhead, I thought it's time to shed some light on Degraded. Thanks to David Szücs for answering my questions!
You just played a few shows live. How was it to be back on stage? And how did the fans respond to the new songs?
We had great response and the fans seemed to love it, especially in Prague were they were going totally crazy.
And how satisfied are you with the turn out of the new album? And with the feedback?
I'm very satisfied with the feedback, everyone that listen to it, likes it, and we have got very good feedback in magazines and webzines so far.
What inspired you to write Out Of Body Experience? The title suggests that you are somehow into science fiction...
Well, life itself and all experiences in life is very inspiring when it comes to song writing, and when it comes to the lyrics they are all written by Mikael and they are mostly based on reality and experiences that he has made.
Your debut album was well received, did you feel under pressure when writing new songs?
We had so much inspiration after recording Til Death Do Us Apart, so afterwards we just continued writing material for the next album. And in the end of August 2008 we had lots of songs and out of those we chose the ones we liked the best for Out Of Body Experience.
Til Death Do Us Apart was recorded at IF Studios and produced by H.O.R.D.E. ... This time you recorded at a different studio and produced the album together with Jonas Kjellgren. Also the mastering was in other hands. Why this change?
It's always nice to try out new stuff, and the guys in H.O.R.D.E where busy touring. So we gave Mr. Kjellgren a call and we booked his studio for three weeks, it was very nice working with him. He's a very nice guy and he is very honest, he's not afraid to tell you if you play bad some times, so he really makes you perform the best you can all the time. Then we gave the material to Daniel Bergstrand who mixed the album really well, and then finally to 'Limpan' at Cutting Room who mastered the album. And it all turned out to be a great combination!!! The album sounds great and I really like the drum sound when Kenneth is beating the shit out of the snare drum. The guitar sound is also very powerful and so the vocals and the bass. Everything sound great and I'm very satisfied!
Is it true that some friend hooked you up with Jesper and so you got to record at IF Studios?
Yes that is true! It was really cool to record the first album with Jesper, Björn, Daniel, and Peter. I have always been a big fan of In Flames so that was like a dream that cam true We had a great time, and we learned a lot! That was really an out of body experience. :- )
When you're looking back, do you think that it was for the best that you were forced to rename the band, coz it seems that since you are Degradead things happen quickly...? Getting the album recorded, getting a deal, etc?
Yeah, it was really to the better, it was like living the garage days again and starting over, fresh and good to go.
You have a video for Wake The Storm. Why did you choose this song?
It contains all the elements of a Degradead song: heavy riffs progressive, rhythmic, a crazy black metal intro, melodic coruses, and a really heavy bridge.
Due to social networks like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter it's way easier to get / to keep in touch with your fans. Do you think it's an advantage? Or is it becoming a burden, coz everybody expects that you are 'available'?
Well, I think it is great! It's nice to get in touch with your fans and it's a god way to share your music to new people.
You just played a couple of shows outside Sweden... Are more shows to come? Or festivals this summer?
We have a Scandinavian tour coming up, 12 gigs together with Satyricon and Zonaria, it is starting out in Gothenburg now on Monday April 13 and then we are going to Denmark and Finland and then we are ending up in Umeå April 27. What happens next I don't know, keep your eyes opened on our website and on our MySpace for upcoming tour dates.
Festivals are a great chance to play in front of many metal fans, but there are more and more festivals every year... Do you think it's getting too much?
No, I like festivals! You can never have enough!
I think, music is your life, but what do you do when you take a break from it? Like relaxing after recording sessions...
We never rest, we are always up to something, and we are a hard working band! But sometimes we drink beer also. ;- ) Watch our studio diary on YouTube. Ha-ha!
Last, but not least... What's next on your schedule?
Support tour with Satyricon it will be a trip that we and the audience will never forget! And then I hope we will come to Germany! :- )
A hard working band, it seems and if they won't tour a lot, they soon will start working on new stuff... Looks like we'll soon hear more of Degredead!