ASHLEY BEAN BAND really rocked my socks so much that I had to interview Ashely. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Yes I feel as if my music has moved forward in the right direction.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-I love the way my new album sounds, I love each and every song that is on that album.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Yes I have been told that I have a very unique sound and singing voice.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-I think so because we can express our feelings in our music and help others that are listening to the music connect.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-I think so, I think if the photo is right and stands out in can draw people in.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-I have over the years have done a lot of accomplishments. I’m not a huge band by any means but I believe success can be at any level

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-I try promoting my music as much as i can and try to market to those that will listen.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Over the years I have noticed less and less support for local bands and there music making it harder for bands to break out.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-I have noticed over the years that there is not much passion in music anymore from music that I have listened too. I feel that if people where to support more local bands and listen to good bands that have yet to be discovered that feeling of good music would come back

What does the future hold for you?
-I hope the future holds good for my band, that we go as far as we can touching the lives of people through our music.
Thank you

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