We caught up with Marduk‘s lead ax-wielder Morgan “Evil” Steinmeyer Håkansson in a dark corner of San Francisco’s DNA Lounge this past weekend while they were on tour with 1349.

Morgan told us about Marduk’s relentless tour schedule and how it’s made them black metal mainstays for over 20 years now.  He also explained the deal that the band have with Century Media Records, where the label handles marketing and album distribution while Marduk takes care of their own recording and show booking. (two decades of touring contacts sure come in handy!)

Very cool guy with a lot of valuable, time-tested information.

Also — if you noticed that we flubbed our “suggestions for upcoming bands” question to him — Morgan later told us off camera that the best advice he has for new bands is to simply be themselves and make the music that’s in their hearts rather than riding the current hot trend of the moment.

Wouldn’t that be nice?  A scene of bands who aren’t copycats of each other!