In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with DEAD FROG. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-We have a different approach than most bands when it comes to writing songs. Most bands construct lyrics based on the music. We construct songs around lyrics, that’s always our starting point. And, also, the thing is that you can’t really think about it too much. Making original and different music is not something you can learn or construct just with intellect. It mostly comes from talent and artist’s perception of music. If you understand music in a different way than your music is going to be original and always new and fresh. So, we just don’t think about it too much. We just approach every song like it’s our first and last and we try to use ideas that will serve it best.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-This is actually our first recording on this scale. We’ve never recorded so many songs at once. It was interesting. Sometimes fun, sometimes intense. We recorder almost 70 minutes for this album and that’s a lot of music and a lot of work. We even had a few technical and personal problems during the recording but now, once everything is done and ready, we are very excited and proud of what we’ve done with this album. we try to take our sound one step further all the time by improving ourselves as musicians and people.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
Davor(in charge of the lyrics): I only get the positive once. It’s always strange to me when people find themselves in my lyrics. I write about things that bother me, usually on emotional level. So i’m always writing with the idea that what I’m writing about is only my intimate problem that has nothing to do with anyone else. So, when people respond to my lyrics I’m always a bit shocked but than I say to my self: of course other people have similar problems, why would you think you’re the only one with a problem like that?”. I guess that’s the point in the end, who needs lyrics that they can’t rely to? When it comes to message in lyrics, for me, that’s crucial. Message is a backbone of good lyrics and good music. That’s why I’m doing all of this, to get across a message. Most of the songs deal with emotional problems and states, as I mentioned before. Conflicts, love, redemptions, new beginnings, hope, hopelessness, disappointments, failures, despair, pain, misery. At the moment that’s where my focus is but I’m planing on exploring some other areas in the future.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you identify with?
We like to identify as ourselves, we like to believe that we have a unique sound but, of course, we do have a lot of influences from a lot of different genres and bands. The biggest ones are Metallica, Maiden, Pink Floyd, Link Park.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-The idea was to go minimalistic. Since this is our first official release we wanted to put focus on a single image. That’s of course a dead frog that you can see on our Facebook page, our You Tube channel, pictures of the band and on the cover of the album. The idea is to establish it as the symbol and recognizable image of the band.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-We can understand those that don’t want to bother with putting effort into artwork, they have a point but we agree with you. That’ also a part of the creative process, just as much as the music.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-Basically, we use the point or the main idea as song title.
As we said, lyrics are the starting point of our writing process so everything else has to fit them.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?*
-That’s not necessarily a bad thing. That is just another incarnation of how people consume music. We think we are actually closing the circle because vinyl records are becoming more and more popular. So, we have a choice in front of us. Either we’ll go back to the beginning or move forward to the new forms. Whichever way we go, one thing is for sure, people will never stop listening to music.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Playing live is the essence of a band. That’s the purpose of a band. Especially rock or metal band. Metal is a music that reaches it’s full potential, on every level possible, only when it’s played live. Playing live is the reason we are doing this.
What lies in the future?
-Hopefully, some success so we can keep making and performing music.