I am a child of the 77 punk era. That is where I have my musical roots. Back in my conscious ANTI-PASTI have lured for a long time and now that they have a new album out I interviewed Kevin about it and a whole lot more. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How does that initial intention work today?
-We wanted to play music to the whole world and to get our anti-war, anti oppression message out. We have the same intentions, but we are a little bit more mature in attitude.
In my eyes the world is still as shitty a place as it was in the 70s/80s. The politics hasn’t changed over the last 30 – 40 years. How political was ANTI PASTI when you started? has that changed over the years?
-We`ve always been a political band but things are still the same, the threat of war, police brutality especially in the USA, world poverty the only difference that I can see apart from modern technology is there is no longer a Cold War. We want everyone to hear our music and our message.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-Anti-pasti means starter in Italian , it was the first thing on a menu opposite the pub that we used to drink in as teenagers…..and of course anti anything was cool in those days.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image is important but we don`t need to dress like we did when we were young to be considered `punk` after all the whole scene was about breaking out of the normal stereo types. The fans can make up their own minds based on the music on the new album punk is about an attitude not a uniform, but if people want to wear a Mohican and a studded leather jacket that’s up to them…personal freedom.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Its massively important, I worked had with two graphic designers the album artwork which we think is striking, as soon as you see it you think RISE UP. Hope you liked it.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It`s a great weapon in our armory, shows are on U-Tube before we`ve gone to bed, supporters and non supports globally can check the gigs out. FB has been good for reviving old friendships with followers from thirty years ago so it has to be commended, fans old and new can get in touch with the band with the click of a button and get a reply to a question.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-On stage yes .. it’s a brilliant feeling watching hundreds or thousands of people singing the words to our song and hearing the applause. Off stage we don`t really think about it, we just live normal lives really.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Some bands still adopt the DIY approach, but for us it`s important to be attached to a label to help spread the word and to sell more CD`s etc, we consider ourselves a global act, and Westworld Records and their PR department are ensuing that we receive world wide distribution of our album.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We don`t do a lot of tours but we want to visit every continent to get our message across, we want the world to educate us and we want to educate the world through our music and lyrics.
What will the future bring?
-More shows and international travel, and a fourth album.