CEEKAY JONES

Perhaps not as hard as most other stuff I feature but this still moves me so much that I had to interview CEEKAY JONES Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
– Well it was quite the opposite actually. It was the ending of my wanting to be in a band, and the need for me to be solo and explore musically. I had always felt confined being in a band and there is always compromise that needs to be had if you want a band to work, or even last. Id been in bands for 10+ years so I needed to be free.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
– Id say being true to yourself musically is how you create a song thats all yours. Trying to recreate the wheel so to speak isn’t what its about (Unless thats what drives you). I think making music that is what you feel is whats “Yours”. My sound is a amalgamation of everything musically Ive been thru and what I feel when I wake up in the morning. Im not into being boxed in. If I wake up feeling like writing a ballad Ill do it, and some mornings I wake up and wanna write a hardcore song. Its just about staying true to your raw emotion in the moment of creation.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
– My creative process is ever changing, but I do enjoy being alone when I start my ideas. I think theres a time for collaboration and input and there is a time for letting your own creativity come thru without input. Recording can be the easiest thing in the world, and the hardest thing in one session. Anyone who’s recorded knows what I mean in that statement. Its a rollercoaster…lol

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
– Its a double edge sword, yes the ability is now so accessible that everyone who wants to can, but its also watered down the market with a lot of weak content (imo). Yes, we are back to a singles market and I think that is a double edge as well. On one hand focusing on one song at a time makes you really get the best of the song (Hopefully) and it allows you to not get overwhelmed with the task. But, on the other hand the “album” is like the ultimate statement as an artist I think. Creating that body of work that flows together and tells a story. We have lost that in the music industry and thats a shame.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
– Music itself will never die. The business of selling and marketing music in its current form is dying but its also evolving. Music is the universal language for the human race. Its not possible to kill something that we inherently all have inside us. The future of music business is something we will just have to see, but music itself is alive and well. Now, the future in performing live music is a whole different question. But, you didn’t ask that 😉

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-The response has been really great honestly. A lot of people are surprised with my direction, especially coming from Skarhead and the NY Hardcore/Underground Hip-Hop scene. I think the most attention has come from that. People are shocked, but also genuinely like the music.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
– My fans are from all over the globe and its rad to have the ability to reach them as well as communicate with them. Im a very hands on person with my fans so I try to response and stay in contact with anyone who shows love to me. Its always surprising to arrive in a place you’ve never been, thousands of miles from home and here someone singing your songs with you.

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
– Playing in a band is like being married to the individuals you’re sharing music with. Its an organic feeling and when the chemistry is right its the best feeling in the world. Its also a lot of work to keep it all going smooth. I think the greater community is being apart of making music in general, and sharing with the world your part in it. The biggest gift is being able to see the world many times over and experience cultures I would have never even dreamed of experiencing. Just being able to do something I love to do an have it take me around the world is unreal, and without it I don’t think Id have been able to do that. Or at least I don’t think I’d experience it in the same way.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
– Playing live is everything to me. I absolutely am happiest when I performing. The raw connection to my own passion and to the people in the room is what its all about. I think to truly experience being a musician you gotta play live. For some people its not what they are comfortable with, but the chemistry that occurs when its all happening is undeniable.

What plans do you have for the future?
– More of everything! More songs, albums, touring, writing, and recording. I love what I do and I wake up everyday excited to do it. As long as I’m alive and able to make music I’ll be doing it.

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