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 BARBE-Q-BARBIES. Answers from Niki Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-I would say the opposite because we have developed as a band threw the years so we challenge ourselves to always play and sing better and to write more advanced music but still we keep to our rock sound.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistically same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-Not really when writing songs we just jam and write what ever feels good so we never really think about that it has to sound a certain way, the lyrics I write I don’t plan ahead the story it sort of comes when writing the melody, the bands logo has also changed a few time since 2002 and art work is also fun to do different for each album.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Sometimes its really hard cause I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to the lyrics sometimes I write for weeks on just one song and many times end up changing them or completly re writing them, it’s funny that melodies i can write in just a few minutes but lyrics does take a long time.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on artwork because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-This really depends on what kind of budget you have if there’s not a lot of money then usually the artwork will be more simple but sometimes simple is just fine, our good friend Sami lintunen is behind most of our art work as the logo and also our drummer Niina has the stylist eye and makes sure everything looks good before publishing anything. I also think it anyways has to be great artwork even if it only was sold or downloaded on the Internet.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpreted because of the music you play?
-No, I’m happy to say I never felt that.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-I think its a great thing that it is easy to find new bands so easy on the internet its a great way to get new fans, of course the downside is when people download your music for free it means no money for the artist. I feel our fans has been true to us threw the years so I’m not worried about that they would stop listening to us just because there is other bands out there.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-I remember those days sharing tapes it was fun and exiting but it is better nowadays with the internet that its easier for smaller bands to get heard of so I don’t think it will kill the music I feel its just a great opportunity for lots of bands to get their music heard all over the world. There is still a lot of music collectors that buys cds or at least vinyls.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Usually festivals have the same lineups for years so it might be harder for smaller bands to get chances to play at big festivals or venues but we been lucky for the past years to play amazing shows and warm up for great bands.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
If we had more money we would bring our own light engineer on the road but other than that we are happy with our stage set up, of course if we would have lots of extra money maybe we could have some pyro flames firer and explosions could be fun
What does the future hold?
-Hopefully starting to work on a fifth album in the near future but still we are enjoying the release of our 4th album and touring around, at the moment we are in Finland playing big festivals and in the fall we are playing in venues around Finland and some shows in the UK and maybe more shows abroad lets hope,we have a saying that if you book us we will come