I keep repeating myself but ASTORVOLTAIRES are new to me. Read what the person behind the moniker has to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?*
Hello there, first of all thank you for the interest on AstorVoltaires. So, what we want people to get from us (me, cause this is a “One man band”) ok, I think whatever people want to get will get, maybe it is not transcendental what I really want to express. Sometimes you just want to put out something and people react on another way you want, or this “free interpretation” of your speech or way to do music. But ok, if I would like to say exactly what people expect, must be some deep feeling, like love or hate and joy or sad. It is main on the music I write. If you are on some mood, that music make you stay somehow on that feeling, stay on mood.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-There is a limit of time you want to spend for ideas, for brainstorm, even alone, but my times are really short so I think plan it on one week or something, that brain work when you stay thinking on something couple of days even not thinking about it to much. Was just a nickname, something nice in my ears, in fact was like songs, like some background sound on my head and when I pronounce it was that, just like put it out from head to mouth.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Life is inspiration totally. Experiences, smells, feelings, people, love, sadness and happiness. An important band on my way to be a doomed musician was Chilean band “PoemaArcanus”.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Good question, cause on that time i didnt found words / sounds to describe it but after some years yes. You always want to reach that deep sound from “Evoken” or “Esoteric”, but that albums are just magical?, you can’t reach that sound, even when your sound should be not so hard or deep haha. But I think when your music has many genres and you want to go “here and there”, trying different things and not stuck on just some style, you are open to go on different sounds too. I just know on that time the music must be slow and deep, heavy guitars and some growls. Nothing like “crank crank” too, just deep and slow, its main here now I’m still searching for, but it’s that way I take to do it
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-It is like time to time “the revival of…”. Times are cds, or vynils, or even cassets, etc. You cant say IMHO that digital is killing the albums. Some people just get some mp3 to discover bands and then they support going on concerts and buying cds even mp3. So for one side you can say “thank you” digital music to be able to help me to promote my music. Just my thoughts.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings?
How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Every part of a release has importance. There is so many items that you must cover like music, cover, photos, layout, promo, etc, so all this parts must be cover carefully. I donno if I think about “how to catch attention” with a cover art, but to transmit what is inside the music yes. I was lucky to know Geert Van Mook, who create all three cover albums for AstorVoltaires. He is an amazing art designer and musician and human )
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-In fact social media have nowadays a big influence on music industry. I can say maybe even more than half of the promo/distro for any band, Labels, agency, Distro, etc are via social media, like photos, videos, press release, cd release, reissues, interviews, tours, etc etc etc.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-When you are part of a band its like been part of a second family. Same as brothers, spend time together, be happy, sad, some discussions, travel, etc. put energy together to create something bigger and stronger like music. Be part of this family takes you on as many good things as it can, sometimes some bads either, but mostly good and maybe one of that good things will be part of a music scene, but after work as shit and sacrifice many of your priceless time on it cause without it its nothing.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-AstorVoltaires is a “One man band” and maybe will be forever or not, who knows, but on my experience be on tour or make gigs is a great way to show yourself as musician and spread your art as well. So maybe I should do it, no?
What will the future bring?
-Hope some surprise, and nice one of course. Maybe some gigs why not. Time will tell