With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to CANEDY. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
– Working with Tony, Mike and Charlie was, not only rewarding, it was also energizing. I hadn’t written song this way for many, many years. It was nice to see the song develop. When it came to recording it was much more fun to create tracks based on what I knew of the songs. It was our first ever recording as a band and looking band I believe we’ve forged a solid album that represents the band.
The name CANEDY is too me as an old metalhead almost sacred. But do people in general know of the history of the man behind the name? Has history helped spreading the name of CANEDY to the metal community?
-Thank you for those kind words. To answer honestly, I have never cared if people knew of me or my accomplishments. It was only when I released Headbanger that it was obvious that some parts of the Metal community knew me only as producer, and others as the drummer for The Rods and others as the original drummer for Manowar. I do see that there are both older and younger metal fans at shows who are aware of my work and let me know that they appreciate the efforts. That’s enough for me. The band, CANEDY, is something I’m very proud of and I hope to show a few countries of the world what a great band we’ve become.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s quite humbling. I can never say enough how appreciative I am for that support, yours included. I love meeting fans at shows and I now have many people around the world that I can honestly call friends. They sometimes come out and travel with us. I’m not sure it gets any better than that for a musician.
How important is image to the band?
-Image, to be honest, shouldn’t matter one bit. Having said that, it’s all about image. The image conveys what a listener might expect to hear. The “look” is also part of a social bond… that we are part of the same group and share the same interests. It also boils down to entertainment. I’ve always felt that the music, image, artwork, attitude should each support and reinforce each other. A circle, if you will, that gives strength to each of the individual parts.
What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
That we are a true band! This isn’t my “side project” or a simple “one off”, but an actual band that is able to perform and record great music together.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Eric “Metalangelo” Philippe is the artist for this album. Eric has been the artist for everything I’ve done for the past 15 years. There is, for me, no one better. He’s a friend and a great artist and I appreciate all he done to help me and my projects. As you mentioned about being a fan of LP Artwork, I am also. From the first albums I purchased I would study the albums and the credits. The artwork is the first thing that attracts most to an album. The cover hopefully sets the tone and mood of the album. Eric certainly did that for our Warrior album. Hail “Metalangelo”.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It’s interesting that you ask that question. For The Rods it has been nothing but positive. Our numbers did not matter when it came to securing a record deal. Now, with the CANEDY album and us being a new band it totally matters. We do need numbers and we do need to find and make fans. We also need to have those fans energized enough to help spread the word about this excellent new band that they love. That is easy to say, yet difficult to accomplish. So far CANEDY has gained a very good number of fans in our short time and we hope that will grow exponentially in the coming months. Also, journalists such as you, keeping the music alive are critically important in a time when live music is essentially non-existent.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-It does to me. I know that some musicians are not, or do not, commit too much of their time or efforts to a band project. I have always wanted to be part of that band community where we all work toward a common goal. The metal community at large does seem to have an unspoken bond because of the music. I know we’re all happy to be a part of that community.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Music is a business and, as such, is driven by money not art. I’ve never tried to align myself with music that was “commercial” for the sake of trying to be part of that business machine. The commercial music business is about selling the “latest thing”. Music, for big business, is treated like it’s a fad. Labels look at music as if it will only last a certain amount of time and they need to grab as much cash as possible while it’s hot. Then, if there isn’t a lot of cash, they drop it and move on the next fad. That doesn’t help a band or artist develop, however, once the digital age appeared and we no longer need a label to have our music heard. Every musician and artist is free to create their own destiny and find their own audience. I would rather be true to myself and perform for 100 people who are passionate about the music I’m making, than play for 1,000 people who are ambivalent to what I’m doing.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are a true performing band. That being said it’s very expensive to travel and that makes gigs outside of the U.S. difficult. For a new band it takes quite a bit of money just to show up at a European festival. That said, CANEDY is working with agents to secure dates for the band once the pandemic is under control and Live music once again prevails.
What will the future bring?
-That, my friend, is a question I’ve asked myself since becoming aware of my mortality. I wish I had an answer for you that covered it all…or at least music. I only know that for me every day that goes by where I don’t try to make music is a day lost. The future for me is the old cliché’ “Rock ‘til you Drop”. I’m going to make every effort to do that phrase justice!
Anders, we want to thank you for the interesting questions, they were enjoyable and insightful. Your support is very important to us, particularly at this time in history. CANEDY thanks you for that support and wish you well during this difficult time. Be safe!