CRNKSHFT

CRNKSHFT is a very aggressive band name. I wanted to find out more so I interviewed them about this and that. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Expression. “How do I get my thoughts out?” I created a platform for them to be heard, and then it was “How do we make it powerful, meaningful and heavy as fuck”

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?
-I think every artist is directly affected by their influences, and their output speaks to that. That’s why music is generational; music has that power to influence entire movements. Mine was the ’90’s Metallica, Pantera, Nirvana etc, I feel we definitely pull from that era to add the power to our music, but I feel past that power we don’t limit ourselves to one specific genre, leaving lots of room to create a sound that’s unique.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-For me, physically recording and releasing are the toughest part of being in music. We’ve always had lots of material for this project and trying to choose a handful of songs that represents you is tough for sure. I think most people pretty much makes up their mind about a band after the first listen to the first track.

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?
-When we write songs the intent for each song to stand on its own, putting the album track list together is definitely a fun / intense task. But In the end it’s based on preference, so you’ll never make everyone happy. I don’t think we risk killing the album in that way. It’s adapting to the times really.

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?
-Money wise sure, definitely affect the music “industry” but it should. The only money labels are spending is for AD selling, mindless, bullshit. It’s sad that extremely talented people have basically become government employees. The future of music? CRNKSHFT, honestly though the future is live shows, that’s where the music lives, everything else is subsidiary.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Powerful, Energy – the two things I hear the most after every show. People get what we’re doing, something real, something that grabs you.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We have a fan that lives in Papua New Guinea, seriously no shit. He contacted us, says he listens to our music all the time. I spent some time trying to figure out if it was a scam or something but he’s legit haha

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?
-Yeah sure, it definitely makes you feel a part of something. Music was a huge part of our lives, and we want to make music that can be a huge part of other people’s lives. I wouldn’t know how to feel properly without music. Straight up, It’s my emotional guide through life.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Absolutely, you can’t get the same energy from your iPhone that you get at a show. I mean that’s the goal when you record, but you can never capture that live energy better that at a show, and our music in particular it based on

What plans do you have for the future?
-The world is in an interesting time; our future is getting our message out to the people, starts with our upcoming Canadian tour this fall and a European tour next spring.
Check it all out @ crnkshft.com

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