I am going to see ADRENALINE RUSH live at Göteborg Rockfest on Friday May 6th. For those of you that can’t be there you’ll have to do with this interview instead. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-I’m Tåve from the band Adrenaline Rush, a fairly new band from Stockholm. We play mainly melodic hard rock with an 80’s feel. Something like a cross between Vixen and Dokken. But we also love the real hard rock from the 70’s so we often play Led Zep, Rainbow etc live. Check us out at adrenalinerush.se or Facebook or Spotify.
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I was very young. I started as a dancer and when I was about 8 years old I auditioned for a singing spot in a techno/dance group and I got in so I can’t have been too crappy! And it’s just continued on after that.
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun?
-Like I said I started early and had tons of fun so I figured that one out right off the bat. But as to getting paid… well not so much yet I’m afraid. It’s hard to make money in this line of work.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-Nah not really. It can get frustrating at times but that’s usually when you’re bending over backwards trying to be successful. It’s better to forget about that just focus on having fun and doing what you want. And see it as an added bonus if you do see some success along the way.
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-Hopefully people will see that I did it my way and put 100% of myself into it. I also hope they like the music of course, but mainly I would like to remind people that music is about having fun and not so much about the business.
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-Well it depends if you decide to upload or not I guess. Technology has changed and you just have to learn to live with it and not fight it.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-Not at all. Image is fake and made-up. I am 100% honest about who I am and how I look.
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-No rules, the song decides where the lyrics go. Or my mood at the time.
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-Very much live. It is why I am doing this at all.
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-Well, we’re not gigging as much as I would like. It’s hard to find gigs unless you pay to play in small bars. Hopefully that will change eventually.
What does the future hold?
-We have a new album coming out this year, really looking forward to that! Hope it will rub some of the Adrenaline junkies out there the right way.
Thanks for having me, keep rockin and stay safe!