We are doing very well, thank you! How are you? Our new album “Deadringer” was released on October 25th and we are amazed by all the great reviews we have received from all over the world. People can say what they about not reading reviews, comments and whatever, but it is a truly great feeling to see that other people really like your music. The feedback we get from fans as well are great. So, yeah, we are doing very well these days!
How would you classify your music? Do you agree with the reviewers who trying to describe your musical genre?
From the start we have taken this band our way and are not going to think about what the flavor of the month is or to fit into this or that specific genre, subgenre or trend. We do exactly whatever we want to do with our music and our approach is simple: is it good or not? We classify our music as “metal”. Simple as that. Then we add what we think suits the song ideas. The basis will always be heavy riffs, a good groove and melodies on top of that. Sometimes we add stuff from thrash metal or death metal, a breakdown here and there, clean and growl vocals. We like variety in our music. It makes everything more fresh and exciting to be able to use different techniques and such. Most reviewers get that and appreciate the diversity. But of course there are also some reviewers who want to put specific labels on everything, and we maybe don’t fit into that.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
We are five individuals who bring a wide variety of influences to the band Meltdown. From the 1950s and 1960s rock and roll to the metal bands of the 1970s and 1980s, the really heavy stuff in the 1990s and so on. Of course, we are influenced by all the music we grew up with, inspired by friends who also played/plays in bands, and the joy of trying to come up with something new.
What do you want fans to take from your music, just moods, maybe some ideas an so on?
If you like heavy riffs, grooves and melodies, then you should definitely check out Meltdown! Music is all about fun, finding new energy and enjoy yourself.
Tell us about “Deadringer”?
We started writing a couple of songs in late 2015, actually. We wanted to have 8 really strong songs on the album. In our opinion, all of the songs have their own identity. That makes the album diverse and exciting to listen to over and over again. We had three new members in the band during this writing process, and of course, everyone have brought their character to the final product.
We wanted to work with a producer to capture our sound and make it as good as possible. The obvious choice was to contact Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg. He absolutely nailed it and made this a killer album with superb production. Given his amazing history of album productions we were not at all surprised, but very grateful for the final product. Mike D’Antonio makes all the artwork for his own band Killswitch Engage, and many other bands, and we wanted him to make our album also look good. We are very happy; the songs we made, the sound Nordström did, and the look that D’Antonio created.
What do you love and hate about the music business?
The business is damn hard. You have to be in the right place, at the right time, you have to know the right people, and hopefully, you won’t get screwed too much when picking up your money after a gig… But: especially metal fans are honest and loyal people. If you make good music that people want to listen to, then you will get heard. If you work really hard and put effort into it, then you will achieve what you want. If you sit on your ass and complain, then nothing will happen. Basically you get what you deserve in the end. It’s all up to you.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
There are way too many concerts! It is impossible to pick just one. The mind-blowing first-ever concert with Iron Maiden, the obscure At The Gates gig in a garage, the festival gig with In Flames, the club gig with Killswitch Engage…it is impossible to name just one gig, or even top twenty! What we enjoy most about playing live is a) to see fans come to see us and the reaction of how much they dig the music, and b) when you play in front of people who have never seen or heard your before, but you win them over and they become fans there and then.
How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?
We have three new members in the band who have been with us for the last year and a half. What they bring to the band musically, as friends and their personalities, makes us stronger for sure. Our new album has been out for only a couple of weeks, but we have already started to write some song ideas. It is very exciting and promising.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
There are so many interesting people! A nice dinner and a party with Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino would be fun. Both to hear stories from the old days, but also get tips and tricks about being pioneers and creating new styles of music. The music of today sure needs that.
What is next for you?