With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to BULLHEAD. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-A bands name is closely related on what kind of audience you want to reach, because the name itself mostly reflects, or let`s say should reflect the music genre you represent to a certain extent. Just look at band names like Dimmu Borgir, Iron Maiden ore even the Backstreet Boys – when you read and hear these names you know what to expect, what they most certainly will sound like, don`t you think ?
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What wasit that made you want to do the band?
-First off, for most musicians, it starts out when you are young and full of these teenage dreams of being a rockstar, being rich and famous (lifestyle of the … remember the song, getting all the girls no matter if they never noticed your dumb, ugly face before, it ́s easy as that, you just crave for attention. When it gets more serious you gather more of your also ugly friends around you, who share the same dreams more or less. You start jamming in a garage, cellar wherever
the magic may happen. Later on you end up with those guys who stick around, who follow you no matter what, stay through all the blood, sweat and tears working on fulfilling the dream, whatever that turned out to be in the meantime.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-That`s a tough one to answer to, because in our days nearly everybody wants to be as individual and special as possible … being unique so to speak. But as the late,
great Lemmy Kilmister already said everything is Heavy Metal based on Rock`n Roll. But to mention a sub-genre whatsoever, I think we feel most comfortable with describing our style of music as Punkrock & Grunge, hope that helps defining us a little bit.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange
the songs on a record?
-On an album you may want to start out with your strongest songs, with which the listener can sinkhis/her teeth in. If you are able to accomplish that, people will be
encouraged to hear more and listen to the whole album, getting interested in the concept, the lyrics and so on. We may discuss what song ending might be a good transition, reference to the beginning of the next song, basically how it fits together the best. This may eventually turn into arguments and fights within the band and its
members. Last man standing wins of course and calls the shots!
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been
constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-The best source for inspiration is life itself I guess. Nearly everything that happens all around you, what you see and hear, can and will inspire you. Even stuff as simple, at the same as beautiful as a tree, a gravestone for example can set something in motion and it starts to flow from there on. But if you forcefully search for it, push it, it won`t happen, you may not find it. It`ll come knocking at your door at the right time, it ́s just up to you to notice, pay attention and open up, span your horizon so to speak.
To consider your first argument, music as an art with all its chords and tools constantly evolves and will so for evermore. You cannot invent the wheel over and over again, but you can change the looks of it so to speak, there is still so much music unwritten, waiting to be discovered, played and listened to.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Actually we got someone who takes care of the graphic side of things, a graphic designer, photographer an artsy person, you know. We eventually share, discuss our ideas and designs with him, you can call it brainstorming, what might look cool, edgy and fitting our needs. And from all this “crap” we drag along, he picks out the goodies, the keepers and turns it into something viewable,
carves out the actual sculpture, to stay in art related metaphors. This is actually quite important, because a design you create may represent you as a band, the image you created and want to stick to. To simplify: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the coolest CD cover of them all?”
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital
killing the album?
-If you mention the 70`s and 80`s, remember how music fans started to record and trade tapes with nothing but single tracks on it, but bands continued to record whole
albums anyway, am I right? Nowadays just the platform changed, we now got stuff like Spotify. And still albums are and will be more important than single tracks in metal, I think that is more of a Pop music related problem. I don`t think that digital is killing anything, time`s change that’s for sure, people change too, but everything comes back, sooner or later. We just witness a Retro-style come back, just look at all the fellas wearing my grannys “fancy” glasses, who would have imagine that a couple of years ago, same is with vinyl. So will everybody just calm down, people always had tendencies to like things that were good in the past and keep that alive, at the same time combine that with new inventions, what`s wrong with that.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the
fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-Ah God you`re just literally killing me asking the same question twice. No just kidding, there will always come forth a new, next generation of passionate fans. Look at the countless metal festivals, you`ll find music fans of all ages there. There will always be devoted music fans, which will support a band and that does not depend on liking albums but also liking just certain songs, but they still will be passionate and devoted fans after all, nothing wrong with that, quality will sustain. As with all things
in life, there is always a bright and a dark side to everything. Just depends on how you see it and how you can relate to it, embrace the good as well as the bad, you`ll grow on it trust me.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Hmmm, seems that we`re still on the search, where to fit in, but I guess considering us the Misfits that we are, we won`t. Maybe we don ́t want to either, or we don´t
have to! But we definitely belong o the Munich music scene in a way, rest is up to you, we`re fine, we can live with that.
What does the future hold?
-Good question as the future seems so uncertain. But it is definitely full of infinite possibilities, paths to choose from, to go along. We`ll see where that leads us, just stay open minded and behold the wonders of the world and the future will be yours, if you can handle it, what do you think?!