With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DICTATOR SHIP. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-It took us a while to come up with it but once we did we knew that it was the right name. It sort of just came down from the sky one day. The name means exactly what we are. With our name we will change things. We have built four walls around us with this name that no pig power structure can come through. The name is obviously important to us. What other bands think of the matter we give very little thought.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-I think that is a question that would be answered best over a few drinks and a nice conversation. Really you could and should dedicate an entire interview that question. But it’s mostly old stuff. Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, a lot of soul music like Sam and Dave, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Four Tops and of course AC/DC, obviously the best band in the history of music. The harmonies in the vocals for example, that’s something that we have learned listening to soul music for countless hours.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-We don’t play slow
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-As long as there’s a room with speakers we can play it.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-No There’s a lot of things we COULD have done differently but that does not mean the end result would have been better.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-I’m not sure really. I see our name come up here and there all the time. I guess the record label have their ways of getting the word out you know. We just write and play music and give interviews from time to time.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Your Favorites is a great front cover. I guess it’s a matter of taste and competence. If you have good taste you eventually will get good ideas and if you have the competence to do the cover yourself then great, if you don’t then you get someone who’s competent to do it for you, in our case it was Affe Piran from Obnoxious Youth who did it and it turned out great.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-No. We don’t feel that. I know there are many bands from Sweden that has gained attention and success abroad but we don’t identify with any of those bands really. I would say we’re very different from the middle of the road “70’s rock bands” of today. I feel very strongly that there is a national scene but we’re not part of it. We’re just to different from each other. It’s like asking stray dogs if they feel at home in big houses with big couches and big lawns. The answer is no. But that’s just the way we feel.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-In Sweden it can be very much so but Dictator Ship have been fortunate with it so far. Usually we get full houses. And that was before we even had a record out. But we’ll see. As for now we can’t say anything about it because of the covid-situation. But we are hopeful and confident.
What does the future hold?
-You’ll see what the future holds when the future looks a little brighter for all of us.