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What are your names? / Who plays what? Oscar Randevik (Vocals), Conrad Nilsson (Guitar/Vocals), Casper Nilsson (Bass), Robert Schultzén (Guitar), Hugo Kristiansson (Drums)
Have any of you played in other bands? 
Well yes, Conrad (Guitar lead) has a band called "Desekrated", Robert (Rythm Guitars) Played previously in Dyddomn, And Oscar (Vocals) played Guitar in Hollows.
VILT was formed from a former band playing rock/heavy metal called "16 AMPS".
Have you had other previous members? Yes, Erik Köhl. He was our drummer but quit due to moving for further studies.
Where are you from? Sweden
What year did the band form? The Winter of 2016
What's your style of genre? Melodic, Groove Death Metal
What inspires you? The human Mind, The beauty of mother earth, The Malevolence of man.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We are always interested in collaborating with professionals and friends alike - as long as the deal benefits both parties and the music is the focus.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that?
Yes, although we would not jump head first into a deal without thinking twice, a record deal could be the difference between music in our spare time & music full time.
That is the goal, but we have to be realistic and see this whole thing as our passion & not our income for the moment, we wouldn't sell our lives work - but we would like to make a living off of it - the right deal is somewhere in between.
What are your songs about?
Our soon to be debut studio Album, and for the moment our Demo PR-Album "The Chalice" is about the tribulations of life, how one could feel about it, the questions one might have and maybe some hints about how to think about it.
I, (Oscar) do not like to tell people how to think, but sometimes one must stand up and say "this just ain't right" - the real challenge begins when you try and say it in a way that will spark it into your own idea.
I Usually write poems in Swedish over long stretches of time - So that one single sentence may be dense packed with meanings, personal references etc.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?
Everyone contributes, but Conrad does the heavy lifting of composing.
I usually write my own lyrics, but inspiration and help is always welcome.
Do you compose in a certain enviroment?
I do believe enviroment is a mental thing as much as an external thing.
Conrad is a total beast when it comes to writing riffs on the spot, but I think he hits gold when time & place is right - im taking a guess but knowing he is nocturnal such as myself i think it would be in the middle of the night when the full moon hits the center of the sky.
Have you done any covers live? Not yet, we are having this discussion right now, but as we are recording an album there is not enough time for the moment!
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs?
As we have only played smaller venues there are often alot of people in the audience.
However, we played an "all age" gig once and there were just not alot of people there.
Our audience is sadly better when under the influence.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? 18+, a majority of our gigs are at bars - people around our own age dominate the audience but it is usually the older audience that comes up and gives compliments afterwards.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Yes, as we dont want to play too many unreleased songs our set consists of "The Chalice" + one unreleased song.
Do you have a regular place you play live often?
L'Orient, RIP.
We try and not play to often at one place as the attendance would decline.
What was your first gig like? It was great, you can find the opening song "Memento Mori" on our youtube - we never discussed what to do live so you can see that we are all kind of holding back our primal urge to tear the stage up - halfway through the gig we found our energy and its been kind of the same thing since.
What was your latest gig?
We played at L'orient during the final days of the venue - so we decided to invite all of our closest friends and party our way up to the stage.
We all got kinda buzzed wich might be somewhat unprofessional - but it just felt right to do a really filthy, drunk, partying gig one last time.
Where have you played live this year?
Bomber Bar (Motala), L'orient (Linköping) and 21st of September we are playing at Skylten (Linköping).
We have just gotten back from a Hiatus, and with a new drummer - so there has almost only been rehearsals & planning for the album and the future of the band this year.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale?
Nothing yet - we have some ideas for t-shirts, hats and patches.
As said above, we just came back from a Hiatus, first we need to pay for the Album, then we will see how much merch we can get.
Where can people buy your merchandise? In the future!
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?
Who the hell downloads music when we have Spotify, apple music, Bandcamp etc?
However, i think of albums as more of a collectable - and live music is where it is actually happening.
Spotify has changed music for ever, it is so easy to just dismiss music nowadays, or are there just too much bad music? I don't know.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?
For the better, its all part of the modern industrial revolution.
You can create, distribute and promote your own album from your bedroom if you want to, that takes the power away from the big corporations.
In turn, they have to offer better deals and work harder to serve a purpose - its just healty competition.
What do you think of my work? Impressive & important.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Giving an interview is always good as it will give content to our followers.
Do you have any role models or idols? Anyone who can write a song without relying on rythmic two-string chugging.
Why do you think that they exist?
Because playing in a band became more about status than writing meaningful & good music.
The art got lost, but i can feel the winds of change.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?
Older bands, trends are always late - because they are inspired from previous works, then begins the process of creation etc.
So when a trends begins its already 2-5 years late, and then everyone copies that, wich makes it really big 2-5 years later.
One shouldn't shun modern music, as it will in the future be "old music", but if you want to do original stuff you should study the source material.
I know that Conrad loves Folk music, classic music, Thrash & death - we play none of those genres, but the sum of them all.
What have been your biggest obstacles?
Economy, but we try and make do with what we got!
Never blame money, blah blah - well if i had a million dollars there would be 3 studio albums, a tour bus, a 20ft backdrop and 8 music videos.
So yeah, im going to blame money!
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Play with your heart, music is art and art is an expression.
Do you have any new material?
Shit loads, i mean.. we are almost good for 3 albums.
But things got to unfold as it should, we dont want to stress just to impress.
We all have work & life as priorities, things would be different if we did this full time.
This is our music, our passion. And we want to make sure that we do the best we can.
Do you have something to add?
Live your life as you would would tell someone you love to live theirs.
And then don't tell anyone how to live their life.
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