DIGITAL CRIMINALS is a really cool act that more people should spend some time on getting to know them better. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
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?
DC’s: Expressing whatever you’re feeling at that particular moment when writing new material, that feeling translating to your audience and discovering their interpretation of it.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
DC’s: We’re definitely growing as a band and I hope this is reflective in the writing, performance and production of these songs. The ‘Hell Yeah EP’ is the final chapter of the ‘Dark Days Trilogy’ and we wanted to raise the bar in production culminating everything we learnt through both the ‘Dark Days’ and ‘Bury Your Head’ EP’s which came before. Hopefully, this is something we’ve achieved.
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?
DC’s: We’ve always wanted to ‘say something’ as a band. The lyrics for the majority of ‘The Dark Days Trilogy’ discuss issues reported in the media that we feel we either have an opinion on or want to raise awareness too, songs like ‘Where is Your God?’ and ‘Are the Kids Alright’ are prime examples of this.
To counter balance this, we do have songs that ‘feel good’ vibe to them. ‘Just Jump’ and ‘Hell Yeah’ again are good examples of this.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you identify with?
-DC’s: As a band we definitely all have different tastes which translate into our individual performance. There is no particular sound or band that we think ‘wow…. We should do that’…. We’re a rock band that’s not afraid to experiment with any sound or style.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
DC’s: With the ‘Dark Days’ trilogy, we felt it important to define a brand. At the center of this brand is our logo which was designed by the band. From this concept which has very much been born from the ‘digital’ aspect of our music, other ideas have transcended from this, such as the title of the EP’s being written in binary code etc.
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?
DC’s: Artwork is very important to us. It’s a visual extension of the sound and should not be dismissed.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
DC’s: The titles have all been born from the lyrical content or ‘hook’ of the song.
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?
DC’s: How people listen to music has changed dramatically in recent years. Streaming services are, and will continue to be a major part of this and it’s something we all have to embrace. Our worries as a band is generating enough money to keep us on the road and providing us with the means to continue making our art.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
DC’s: Playing live is the ‘most’ important part of this band for us. It’s all about bringing a show and entertaining the audience who are there to have a good time.
What lies in the future?
DC’s: We’re currently touring around the UK to support our latest release ‘Hell Yeah’. In the future we’d definitely like to travel more and hopefully expand into Europe.