With a name like ANTLERS they sure got my attention. Read this interview to find out more. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-When I. “Ntx” Soler and Pablo C. Ursusson began with Antlers in late 2011, the purpose was to do a new band together where have fun playing guitars and without any limits or complex about music styles and try to get it as far as we could with it. It took untill 2013 that the whole line up was complete with Mts and M.
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?
-Some of the influences are pretty obvious, but as well we drink from many different sources. It´s not that we are reinventing the wheel with our music, but we try to be honest with it and do what comes from inside, not paying too much attention to trends or whatever is cool in the moment.
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 depends, some songs are more participative than others, sometimes it´s a bit hard to find a common ground where everybody is pleased. I would say that we are quite exigent and try pay good attention to details. Sometimes takes longer to give a proper shape to the whole song than just put the riffs together.
With the lyrics most of the times they are kind of ready aside of the music itself, then they just have to get the right shape to fit into the song. I rarely write lyrics straight over the music, there must be a departing point at least that connects the music with a feeling or with an idea that leads to continue.
The recording process for “beneath.below.behold” was quite hard to be honest. Some of us had different opinions about how should it sound and it took quite long to reach a common ground from so many points of view.
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?
-To this day I am still unable to record at home alone with a simple software, so I don´t have much to say aout this. I feel sometimes like I still live in a cave by the firepit when it comes to this matter.
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?
-Personally I don´t see a big difference about it from exchanging recorded tapes in the past. I think people keeps buying music but at the same time has a more and better acces to a lot of bands. The good thing is that today you can check the records you like in advance and then decide if you buy it or not, not like in the past that you were going to the record store and you chose mostly because a cool album cover or the recomendation of some friend.
What is changing is the way of selling music or the music industry itself, which was extremly abusive in my opinion for too many years.
Bands were selling shitloads of records before internet, that´s true, but it´s true as well that most of that money was going directly to the pocket of the record companies, so bands had to play live intensely anyway in order to survive, just like today.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Quite positive in general. I could not say what got the most attetion but for sure that it wasn´t the cover of our first album
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-This world is not enough. I am still waiting to make contact with outer space.
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?
-It doesn´t makes me feel really part of any kind of scene, but sure that it has made bigger my own community around. In all these years playing in bands my world got so much bigger than it would be without music. Pretty much music has been opening my path all this time, which has affected to all kind of changes in my life. From the people I met to the different places I moved to live. It is still a powerful tool for introspection and interpretation of the universe I live in.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is my main motive for doing music, it doesn´t matter if it is in an full venue or with a bunch of people in the living room.
Playing live is the the way of interacting with other people and express what you have inside and you want to tell. For me it´s not a narcisist move of “look at me”, actually it is still terrifying sometimes, but when it works good and there is a connection with the audience, is like if the world makes finally sense.
When I play music completely alone home and there is no purpose of sharing this experience with other people the process of it is completely different, it brings a different kind of satisfaction
What plans do you have for the future?
-With the band the most inmediatle is getting back to play live after the summer and keep working hard. On the personal side; become father and keep trying my best to be a decent human being