I don’t remember how I got to know of CHASER EIGHT but they have been popping up irregularly on my feed, s oi thought an interview had to happen. Answering these questions is AUDRA, lead singer Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-We always had the same vision: You want to bring our music to the masses and hopefully connect with people on a deeper level. We want to put on an exciting stage show. We want people to have fun with us and our music because we love what we do and have fun doing it.
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.
-I don’t think it matters as much as it used to. I still think becoming big in Los Angeles, New York City, and Nashville probably makes it easier to get noticed on a larger level, but with the internet a lot of things have changed.
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?
-It’s always fun to play at different places. You get to see so many cool venues and meet so many cool new people. We love bringing our music to people that have never heard it and watching their reactions while we are playing.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-We’ve always had good feedback and good press coverage on every release. People like our sound and are always excited to hear more from us in the future. Feedback is important and we think you should definitely take it into account, but ultimately you have to trust your gut and use your discretion when creating music.
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”?
-We considering we having written at “hit” song or a “make it song” because we haven’t had a hit and we haven’t made it, I don’t really know! Haha! But we have written some really cool songs that our fans know all the words to and sing along to them. So we consider those “hits” and “making it” because it’s really cool to hear people sing your songs back to you.
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?
-The best way to describe it is to take an actual definition: Analog refers to audio recorded using methods that replicate the original sound waves. Vinyl records and cassette tapes are examples of analog mediums. Digital audio is recorded by taking samples of the original sound wave at a specified rate. So, basically analog will give you the best sound quality and fidelity, but last I check no one was carrying around a Walkman cassette player anymore. Digital sacrifices the audio quality, but the files are smaller so you can fit thousands of songs on your phone.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-It’s always amazing to see people enjoying the gigs, new or old fans. It’s a definite high that you can’t get anywhere else.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Lyrics are very important to us. Every song we write has some sort of meaning. Whether it be about love, heartbreak, inner darkness; there is always something to take from our songs. I don’t think we ever try to push a particular message though. Our songs are more of a snapshot of our minds at the moment.
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 are HUGE proponents of artwork. We have spent a lot of money on it over the years with our releases. It is super important to give the work you are promoting an identity and a common link or theme.
What does the future hold?
-The future is a new album being released in 2019. We are in the studio now and we are excited to bring new music to our fans. We will also release a music video! And of course, we are always writing new songs.