To be honest DA BOANAD doesn’t sound too tough to me. But never judge a band by it’s name Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-First thought of as a Bavarian fun kind of project in 2013 quickly the idea came up to keep it Bavarian in the lyrics, but make the band unique and different in sound, looks and the message behind it. Somehow much darker than similar projects from Bavaria and definetily it´s own thing.
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?
-It just comes natural. Most of us have been in bands, that wrote their own material for some decades. We had a clear picture how Da Boanad should sound like from the beginning. Sure we throw in influences from all the years and what we used to listen to. All the classic heavy rock bands. But we never stopped listening and we don’t want to sound old and outdated. We appreciate Rammstein just as much as AC/DC and have an open ear for new stuff such as KXM. Classical pieces and traditional Bavarian stuff kind of top off our mixture there.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Basically we go the old way of gathering for rehearsals and trying out stuff. Sometimes we have ideas and make a pre production at Gino´s home studio.
When it comes to recording, apart from the pre production we book a studio just like anyone else, We make sure to be well prepared though. We were really lucky there with Tom, our engineer. We truly appreciate the production of “Mystericum”
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?
-Sure you can do that and many people do it. For a pop or hip hop production this is standard these days. Wanting an organic, breathing Rock sound though it never worked fully digital. Just programming the drums so they sound cool is an art on its own and should be done by whoever wants that, but we don’t… and a lot of other true rock bands feel the same way. So we really wanted to do an album the classic way. Sure, we can´t change the fact, that individual songs can be downloaded these days, but at least in the Rock and Heavy Metal scene there is still a bit of “album culture” left.
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?
-You are right there and we sure don´t like this development either. We used to buy an album because we liked one or two songs on it! There is more detailed love for music and collectors though these days. But they don’t keep the sales up, as they used to be many years ago. A side effect of this is the concert ticket prices. Since the CD or LP sales went way down, the industry has to collect the money somewhere else.
The future of music can just come from dedicated listeners and by going away from too much mainstream stuff. Lots of people think, that what they hear on the radio is all the music that exists. Some people like to listen to music but don’t get into it and find out about it. Luckily there is also fans and followers of different styles, that don´t do that.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We started out very local, since our lyrics are Bavarian. So the people in our corner of the world, who speak the same language quickly gave us positive response, especially since we really keep or lyrics authentic, which not every Bavarian act does. So probably the mixture of rock and traditionals is the key thing with Da Boanad. We are really happy though, now since our release is due to hear from people around the world. This is so cool. After all, you can transport music over a language barrier. You have to know, Bavaria is part of Germany, but people in other parts of Germany get our lyrics just as much as someone in another country. Our Video of “Manner, Weiber, Bluad und Bier sure raised some attention. It is kind of a protest song against the wealthy and successful buing the land that the locals cant´tafford anymore to live at.
The title, by the way means: Men, women, blood and beer…
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Now, as the message for our album “Mystericum” has been sent out things are starting to happen. Talking to you for example, or being played on an internet station from Oklahoma City
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?
-Yes, it sure does…music is a big community and it´s magic-always will be!
All our lives were about music and no one in the band could imagine to have missed out on that. We simply don´t know, what we would have done not being musicians.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Absolutely…playing live is more important than ever. You have to build your audience and find your friends and fans. It´s an honor to do that. Especially if you see how it works. We find this as a very satisfying and intimate process, because the fans feel, what comes from the heart and truly give a lot back.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Stay interested, stay hungry, bring our Bavarian culture to the people and
ROCK ROCK ROCK!