In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with ALLEGAEON. Answers from Greg. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
– The main purpose when we started I guess was self expression. Playing for the love of the music, and the comradery within the scene in Fort Collins, Colorado.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
– I think that evolve your sound around your influences. Those influences can change over the years and evolve with you, but really what makes up your sound is the culmination of who influences you. I think there are certain elements that you can pick up, say a rhythmic pattern or an articulation idea. I’m very conscious of how notes are articulated and how best to incorporate those articulations in my playing.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?>
– It definitely changes with the changes you experience in life. Some times you feel very inspired, and other times it’s like pulling teeth, theres no easy answer to that question. It varies regularly.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
– That’s a very good question. It does seem like the way of the full album is slowly dying. People don’t have the attention span to sit through that many songs. They want what is catchy immediately, and to get it out there instantaneously. In all honesty I feel like that singles serve certain genres really well. In metal I want a whole album. I want the artwork, I want the physical product. I’m don’t know if that is common with other genres. I know when I listen to pop music I only want a few songs, and I skip the rest. I can see that working well for that genre.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
– Well I completely understand your fear, and yeah music as we know it might die a very ugly death. That death being career musicians. At that point what value will society place on music. Obviously they wont value it very highly if they aren’t willing to support the artist. However I think that people will find a way. Too many people love music. It will never die.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
– I think we get a lot of the same responses everyone gets. Some people love it, it strikes a chord with a lot of people. Then again a lot of people hate it. Music is so subjective, you’re never gonna win 100% of people. You’re never gonna hit a homerun with everyone. I’m ok with that. Our fan base is loyal and rabid. They are truly incredible. You’re not gonna keep 100% of your fans either from album to album. You just hope you gain more than you lose. From our fan base, they are generally super positive and stoked on what we do. Which makes me happy.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
– Other artists reaching out have been the most surprising. I think that is really greatest feeling in the world. You want the respect of your peers, and when they are proactive and reach out to you. It means a tremendous amount.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
– Music has really given me a sense of purpose and direction. It gives me the chance to express myself in a way that I am very unable to do with words. And yes definitely feel like I’m part of a community.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
– The live scene can be the most rewarding of experiences, and it can also be the most stressful. We take a great deal of pride in our instruments, and sometimes you’ll have a bad day and it feels like the end of the world. As far as building a bigger following goes, that is completely dependent on if you’re supporting a larger band or not. If you’re headlining, the audience is primarily there to see you. If you are supporting then you have to work to win as many people as you can. You definitely work harder as a support band.
What plans do you have for the future?
– Supporting the release of Apoptosis is our primary objective right now. We need to get some tours lined up and actually be able to go promote the record. It’s been a challenge at the start here but we feel confident that we can get these things lined up before too long.