With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to TO BE FOR YOU. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-I think that the vision is just the same but we have grown older, hahaha. We started the band to play Hard Rock, the music that we love, and that is still what we do. Honestly we haven’t ever chased that crazy dream of becoming superstars or something like that, the only thing we wanted, and we currently want, is share our music with the audience and try to go through the borders of our own country, Spain, and that is happening right now, in part thanks to media like you.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
-It isn’t necessary; of course, if you do your music properly, if you play it from the heart and if you don’t stop keep on trying sooner or later you will have your chance. It’s a matter of being constant. But… yes, location can help you or make things even more difficult in any way. If you are from Sweden, Norway, Finland I think it can be easier. Think about it, they have an established and huge Rock’s fan base, they have a lot of relevant Rock bands in their history so everybody in this business have their eyes put on them and that makes easier for them to being found.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-OK, that is future tense… We haven’t toured out of Spain yet so that it could be about to come. First we have to create some more interest upon us, the following level will be meet the people out there. We are pretty sure that it will happen very soon and I’m sure it will be great. Visiting places where you have never been before, meeting new interesting people, seeing a smile in their faces while you are playing the music that you’ve created… that must be totally awesome!
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-Feedback is everything, that’s it. Music is communication, Music is a kind of language so it would make no sense at all if no one is on the other side of the line. We need that positive feedback with the crowd because it is the gasoline that makes us burn. By now the feedback with the audience is perfect, they love new songs from “The Things I Never Told You” album, and the point is that each one has their favorite ones so that gives you the idea that you haven’t made a one-hit album that is held by two or three songs but you’ve really created a complete album that holds the line from beginning to end. “The Lesson”, “One With the World”, Light, “Nothing Lasts Forever”, “Hope Remains”, “The Things I Never Told you”… every song has its faithful listeners.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-I guess you never know that, it is just something you feel. It is the same feeling that when you listen to any song you love from another band, you think “Damm it! I wish I had composed that fucking song!”, but when you are the one that has composed a song like that you feel proud, you feel some kind of strength inside when you perform it, it makes your hair stand on end and it is a terrific feeling indeed. Anyway, we are not the kind of people focused on “hit songs” we prefer a “hit albums” or “hit bands”, you can’t stand on hits you must stand on your whole work without sense of leftovers, don’t you think so?
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-OK, the differences are simple to understand but hard to explain briefly… to get straight to the point I can tell you that nowadays everybody works in a hybrid way, not totally in analogue but not totally in digital either because we want to take advantages from both systems. The best thing about the digital system is the edition of the recordings which is cheaper, much easier and takes less time working on it. The sound can be clearer and stronger too and, finally, the digital data carriers are much convenient (CD, DVD, flash drive, etc.) to work with than the analogue ones (mainly tapes). The problem is that digital sound is way TOO perfect and, certainly, humans aren’t meant to perfection, we don’t like total perfection because it feels and sounds strange, cold and unnatural, that’s why we use analogue systems too because they have that warmness that digital systems lacks of. It is the ingredient that brings sound to life.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-It is totally amazing, that’s the goal of sharing your music. Creating bounds and connections overseas and over frontiers with your music feels like magic because you express yourself by the means of music and this message can get anyone anywhere that you don’t know and even you wouldn’t be able to understand his or her language however there is a mutual understanding. I’d say that it is the final target of any art’s expression, music is not an exception.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-For me, as lead singer and lyric writer (except for “One With the World” that was written by Alfredo), lyrics are as much important as anything else. The main thing is music itself but that must contain a message, a deep meaning, even if you are singing about silly things. The way you chose each word, the hints, the things you want to tell… obviously are important because these things are in the core of each song. I need to feel a bound with the words I sing and you can imagine that I can’t sing about things that make feel uncomfortable or that I do not agree. Hard Rock (music in general) it is not only speaking about love, Rock ‘n’ Roll and all those clichés, I want truth in my songs and that truth is implicit in the lyrics. I like to write about things that concern me; environment, society, politics, feelings, regrets, illusions, personal issues or other people experiences… In fact “The Things I Never Told You” has a concept even not being a conceptual album properly said… each song has to do with all that things that we weren’t able to let it out so we want to touch our listeners not only with music but with words too.
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-We absolutely agree with you, that’s why we were looking for an artist such as Gustavo Sazes that fits our music perfectly because when you aim for ART (in Capital letters) you must have everything in account and Gustavo is an amazing artist and designer. He has captured the essence of the album in images and colors on the basis of the title track’s lyrics… His works with other bands, no matter the music genre, are terrific.
I understand what you mean, nowadays when almost everybody buys digital copies of the music albums (or they download them directly) maybe the covers and artwork concepts are depreciated by the music consumers nevertheless it may seem strange that covers that are been made currently are wonderful and really, really cool. For us that matters a lot… Who hasn’t bought an album from an unknown band just for its cover? Hahahahaha!!
What does the future hold?
-No one knows because future doesn’t exist… Hahahaha! But we have a lot of plans for the upcoming times. Firstly we want to see how the album works now that it has been released worldwide, the feedback with the new audience the next months would change our current plans. The following target is introduce this new album on live, maybe in some festivals in Spain and maybe Europe, but this is not easy at all because we still are quite unknown for the promoters so we will see.
Also we want to re-record this year a couple of songs from our first album “Beyond Love & Compassion” that have grown old and actually they have an unsatisfactory sound… Next year 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of that album and we want to do something special and cool… Suggestions about your favorite songs are welcome because we have not decided yet what would be the chosen songs for being re-recorded. Of course, in the horizon a new album awaits and we have some ideas, tunes and concepts to work with. Even we already have decided the title! So there is a lot of work to do as you may see and it would be a great pleasure to share further news with all of you.