There is something special to Ska that appeals to me. BUSTER SHUFFLE might be old in the game but they are new to me. Answers from Jet.Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-We have been asked for over a year now from our fans when our next album is coming out. So yea I think they all want to hear what weve got up our sleeve and gonna put out.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity?
-Not really to be honest. Our first 3 albums have been so varied (all still within the Ska genre) I hate albums that sound the same, you cant keep on putting out watered down versions of your old albums so we change it up. This isn’t always the smartest thing to do as its seems some fans really like one sound and not the other so its hard to keep them all happy. So we do what feels right with the songs we are writing at the time then go for it. Some are heavier, some more stripped back and demo like and some really heavily produced……..this new one is stripped back and heavier for us so lets see….
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-No. the key essence we agreed on was live takes and wholes takes to capture the spirit of the song. Once that was down it was matter of adding other guitar lines and vocals. We used one amp for the whole album a lovely vintage fender amp played the parts and that was that…..
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Very important to capture the moment. We are not a heavily political band or anything so we tend to sing about everyday stuff, buses, cats, dogs, arguments with your girlfriends/wives, friendships, loyalty and on this album banana theft. There are a few songs on this album about the current political situation in the UK where have a bit of a rant but that’s understandable right, look at the mess we’ve made so someone’s gotta talk about it.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Very. This is a classic old picture our bass player “gravy’s” uncle took back in the 70’s. It was going to be thrown out as it was thought no one wanted it but we got there in time. Artwork can be one of the best bits when you’ve got a good idea, when you haven’t it’s a frustrating position as its your moment to put it out there visually and you want something that everyone recognises and more important makes you proud.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-We’ve just signed to Burning Heart Records and we are really excited to build the relationship but yeas bands can go it alone knower days more so than ever.
There are so many music platforms thought it can be tricky knowing which one to use though.
I cant say I think there are any negative consequences, the only one maybe is people filming gigs and uploading them. We don’t have a problem with them filming the show, its just that they are normally stood right by the speaker stack and the video sound is terrible! Phones are getting better though and we’ve noticed lately that uploaded videos by fans are sounding better, or maybe its just that we are sounding better haha……..
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-Just role with the punches….. Napster, itunes, spotify once after the other people can consume your entire careers work with one click…….if they don’t instantly like it, then they can forget about it. The biggest plus side though is when you play somewhere new for the first time and everyone knows the songs and lyrics even though you’ve never had a record release or promotion in that country. I remember this happening in Prague the first time we played there some years ago and again this summer in Mexico City. That puts a big smile on your face……….
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-No. maybe it used too more but knower it all just seems like a mash up and peoples ears are used to hearing some many different music styles and langauages that I don’t think it matters.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I agree, Vinyl sales are up though as people still like to purchase something tangible which is good to see. Again we just role with the punches, you cant fight new technology, (look what happened when record labels ignored mp3 downloads saying it will never take off. They all lost their jobs and the music industry shrank to being smaller than the UK Pie industry. So best to go with it not be ignorant and remain a pie challenging industry…..
What does the future hold for you?
-World shows. Our toured USA, Canada and Mexico for the first time this summer and we wanna do more! We love Europe but wanna play other places all over the world like our Essex hero’s Iron Maiden. They do it right……Oi!