DAN DEAGH WEALCAN (for Battle Helm)

DAN DEAGH WEALCAN is an odd name for a band but you’ll get an explanation to it in this interview I did with main man Mikhail. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Interview was prepared by ANDERS EKDAHL (Battle Helm)

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Mikhail: It’s not about what we want people to get from it, really. The main question I ask my self is what I want to get from writing my music. I’m being an egoist in this. I want to get a satisfaction from writing, something new from myself, my personal freedom of perception. This is the main thing for me. And if someone can feel the same while listening, that’s great. And if not, then so be it – it’s not the main goal of our music.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Mikhail: It took me just a couple of days. I’m a devoted person, so new idea doesn’t let me go until I make it real. And the idea was in taking my diagnosed condition ( Dandy Walker Syndrome) and fiddling with it a bit. There’s no connection with the music at all. We’re not a Grindcoreband to have some rules for naming the band. In my case it’s just a personal characteristic of mine.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Mikhail: I don’t even know how to start. Should I go alphabetically or just random? There are too many to name them all, and the list keeps getting bigger. To name a few: Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Pantera, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, Tool, Ministry, Pink Floyd, Placebo, Rage Against the Machine, Biohazard, Tori Amos, Converge, The Chariot, KMFDM and so on. And if I’m to name a few recent ones, here they go: GoGo Pinguin, Black Peaks, O’Brother, Leprous.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
Mikhail: There weren’t any preparations or forethoughts. All happened at the same time somehow. I was writing and recording tracks for the first album (without any idea of a genre they were in) and one day just came up with this name. I don’t even remember the exact moment when I did. But the music was first, anyway.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Mikhail: I’m not sure if digital really kills the album format. I think that it depends solely on listener’s own attitude. Even in the magnet cassette era there were people that preferred to take separate tracks from albums and making their own bootleg compilations. It always was and always will be a thing with some people. What can I say? I’m against it. I love albums, they are like books for me, only with songs instead of chapters. I can’t imagine, for example, how can “Wish You Were Here” be separated into singles. It’s impossible. It’s a five-parts story and should always remain one solid thing.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Mikhail: I don’t know. I just like different colors and fonts. Today I like one combination, and tomorrow I’ll prefer another. I don’t have a certain recipe. I don’t try to draw any attention with it. I just associate my music with certain color within certain periods of time, that’sit.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Mikhail: I think we can talk about this question for hours. If I have to be short, then I’ll say yes. But is it for worse or for better? Does the musician benefit from it or not? This is the real question. In the Internet era there is so much content that sometimes you can’t even notice the big names.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander? Mikhail: I feel like I’m something different.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band? Mikhail: We do not play live. It’s not my thing

What will the future bring?
Mikhail: Fragmented Life.

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