I do remember the movie The Neverending Story but I don’t think I’ve ever watched it. But BASTIAN has. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-I’m a fan of the famous movie “Neverending story”. In the movie the main character was called Bastian, and at the same time Bastian is the diminutive of my name. So I gave at the band/project this name.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-At the moment Bastian is a studio band where i am the guitarist and project founder. From 2015 to 2017 we have released three albums. The fist two in pure classic metal key while a little bit more hard rock the last. The musical style is inspired by the great rock and metal sound of the past. For this in our discography you can find amazing and famous musicians such as Vinny Appice, John Macaluso, Michael Vescera, Mark Boals, Apollo Papathanasio, Thomas Lang. High performances for a kind of sound that signed the music history.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-When you are influenced by something, you do not realize even to be. You understand this only when you listen your recordings. There, everything you’ve heard for years, comes out in a single sound……your sound. The ability must be in give to own music, something personal, something due to you. This could make your sound special enough.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Everything depends on the resonance of your discs with the world around us. When you have hundreds of thousands of fans then I think you are a part of a worldwide movement

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-The first thing you look at in the album is the cover. More the cover is mysterious and intriguing and more makes you desire to buy that disc. It happened the same with the first album of Black Sabbath many years ago. I bought it for the main cover, even if after I fell in love it. So the cover, promo shots and stuff are the soul of the album.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics influence depend a lot by the moment i am living when i write. Sometime i love write about elves, goblins and legendary creatures. But sometime my lyrics are influenced by current issues of daily life like wars, earth pollution or hunger in the world. Topics that are of particular concern to me

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-It’s just my opinion, but for me the digital era literally killed the music. It did extinguish the magic that each disc had. Everything is lost through a digital labyrinth, between one download and upload by internet. Millions of pirated sites that sell your mp3s just 10 cents per song. Internet killed the music.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Honestly I do not have idea where we will end. But the magic that has a physical disc will never have rivals.

What lies in the future?
-We are recording the vocals lines for the fourth work. It seems strange but we are always a year ahead. All new musicians for a superb metal work. Writing and recording songs is my passion. It is fun and curious to do so. Seeing an album is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

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