How would you describe your music?
Our Music is simply death metal, inspired by a lot of the greats (Morbid Angel, Entombed, Grave, Opeth, Cancer), so this naturally brings a lot of the old school feel. At the same time, we try to make our own imprint on the genre, by mixing all of the legendary stuff with our, sometimes, unorthodox ideas. This isn’t a must though, as the main goal is to play whatever makes us go nuts.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
BAEST started out with Svend and Lasse riffing our in each other’s small apartments in 2015. Soon Muddi joined in with his bass, Sebastian crawled out of his grave to play the drums, and Simon finally accepted that his monster voice is meant for screaming and not for teaching. We had the first rehearsal in October 15, played the first show in April 16, and here we are now.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We all love Opeth (and all of their discography, almost everyone), and there’s a shared love for Iron Maiden (especially Lasse and Muddi) Sebastian is a prog-head, and Simon loves everything with any sort of intense energy to it. (Deftones, Horrendous, mongolian throat singing, you name it)
What inspires you?
Day to day life/struggles, but mostly music.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We write everyday, at home, in the rehearsal space, wherever. Then we bring the parts in for everyone to listen to, and build the songs from there.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
‘Ego Te Absolvo’. The theme and outro is mesmerizing, and the blastbeat verse is so brutal. It’s a great feeling of chopping off heads, and then making them dance straight after.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Definitely one with Bloodbath, but that’s kind of frightening as well, to go up against the best death metal band there is in, in our opinion, every night. But that’s how you grow as a band – that makes it a dream tour.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The industry is tough, it’s overflowing and you have to make an exceptional effort to break through the mass as a band. Sometimes you have to tiptoe around bullshit offers and business opportunities, but we think this makes the bands that do break through wiser when it comes to business. – and that makes for a longer lasting career.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We’ve seen a local band get thrown own by security, after their biggest gig ever – pretty weird and funny for us (keep the moonshine at home guys).
Also we’ve been denied access to camping-sites, for looking to satanic. Pretty shit, but looking back, really funny.
What are your future plans?
We’ve finished writing an album, which we are recording while we type this interview – We think we might release that. But first, we’ve got a tour with Decapitated coming up, going through Europe and the UK! After that, some really exciting festival plans and another tour during the winter. Busy! Cheers