Interview with Lord K. Philipson
(The Project Hate MCMXCIX, Domedagen,
Questions compiled by Andrey Tolkowiec
Only 1,5 years have passed since the release of “Purgatory”, but you have a new album out called “Spewing Venom into the Eyes of Deities”. You are a very prolific musician. I’m just surprised how do you manage to keep such a rhythm?
- Well… Have in mind I work a regular 9-5 job as well on top of creating music that takes fucken forever to create due to its complexity. With that fact even I am impressed of the productivity, haha… But seriously, I love this music shit so goddamn much and this urge to compose is just never-ending. I couldn’t spell “writer’s block” if my asshole depended on it. And for that I am very thankful. This is what I am destined to do. I need it for myself and the world kinda deserves it too coz if I didn’t do this, who the fuck could?
Usually it takes some 2 years to get an album out, but that’s not due to me but everyone else involved as they all have families and other commitments, bla bla bla… I’m just happy they find the time to help me out when they do, coz without them there wouldn’t be much of a TPH entity. 2 years is a long fucken time when you think about it. Was it only 1,5 years between the last 2 albums? Wow, I’m impressed considering our latest album is just a level above anything else.
Tell us how do you create music, what’s the basis and where do you get inspiration for creating a song, does Jörgen Sandström do the vocal arrangements himself or you give him a completely ready sketch?
- When it comes to Jörgen’s vocals I make it very easy for him and hand over mock up vocals so he can hear what I have in mind. He always changes and improves a few things to better suit his breathing technique or something like that (I don’t know, I can’t fucken sing!) but for most parts he delivers it as I have originally envisioned it. And it’s insane how that fucken guy can be better by every goddamn album we release. He’s simply the best grunter in the business.
When it comes to song writing I usually just pick up the guitar when an idea comes to me and then I quickly record that into my phone and build from that as soon as my home studio The Dungeon is up and running. Sometimes it starts with a bass line and more seldom it’s something I come up with on the keyboard. But mostly it’s the guitar that starts the whole process. But it sure takes time to write TPH, make no mistake about it. Now I’m talking about a complete song with all the orchestral work and whatnot. The actual song template as a rough sketch doesn’t take forever to come up with.
Mixing and mastering were handled again by the famous Dan Swanö. Why exactly him and are you satisfied with his work? He, like Mathias Lodmalm (Cemetary), moved to Germany a few years ago. There’s little space for such talents in the realization in Sweden?
- I go way back with Dan and the working relationship we have is outstanding coz he knows me so fucken well after all these years. And as I’ve stated many, many times in the past; I wouldn’t be able to do the stuff I do today in my home studio if it wasn’t for Dan and another guy named Johan Berglund who ALWAYS help me and assist me with any and every obstacle I face while writing and recording. Those guys are the best and I consider them close friend and invaluable people. I see no reason to work with anyone else but Dan coz he’s a fantastic guy, a true pro and a wizard when it comes to productions, so… I’m happy as a pig in shit I can work with him still to this day. He’s a huge part of TPH obviously. About Dan moving to Germany… I don’t think that has anything to do with anything except for the fact that his lovely wife Eva is from there, so I suppose she wanted to go back to her home country. And Dan can obviously run his business from the moon if needed, so… You gotta keep your wife happy, you know. That makes for a better life.
Why did you decide to self-release this CD again and not to use the services of a big label?
- I had it with labels many years ago. TPH is such a small, non-touring band that a label wouldn’t make a difference to our “career” either way on top of being useless in many other areas. We sell a few hundred CD’s so it’s not like a label would see us as a great investment and after all labels are companies existing to make money. They have no value to me. Fuck’em all.
As kind of tradition, guest musicians have been invited to participate on your new album. Who are they and why did you choose them?
- Hmm… which one was on our latest one? I think there were but 2; Johan Längquist from Candlemass and Simon Johansson from Wolf (and many other things). Johan’s been on a TPH album once before and it’s such an honor to have this legend within my music, not to mention I love his voice obviously. Simon is a killer guitarist and has a great beard so he obviously deserved a spot too.