DISSONANT DISTANCE

DISSONANT DISTANCE is a band that I hadn’t heard of before. Answers by Jay Matharu. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Definitely from friends family and fans. Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-As a band we are new on the scene, so we have some work ahead of us building a fanbase. We have all fans from other projects we’ve done and hopefully people will dig what we are doing.

Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off?
-Not necessarily, I personally like bands and artists that aren’t afraid to take risks and explore different musical paths as opposed to rehashing the same album 5 times in a row.

How important is continuity?
-For me the only thing that should be continuous is that one is true with themselves as a musician.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-Not really, we are just 3 guys with our own individual sounds that compliment each other well. We had no preconceptions in how the record would sound. We just followed the creative flow and let the album take on a life of its own .

How important is the cover art work for you?
-I think it helps to visualise the music or what the band is about

How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Oscar did the artwork on the cover this time around

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online?
-Having label backing opens more doors and frees us up to have more time to focus on the music.

Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-The only thing I find negative is that music is consumed as something in the background nowadays. No one listens to an album start to finish with 100% focus on its artistic value anymore. They listen to music when surfing the net or playing video games etc. And illegal download sites.

I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-To be honest we have all lived the musician’s life for many years. We love playing music, and entertaining, it’s in our blood. As long as we can make a decent living we are happy. We have no plans of super stardom. However downloading music isn’t always negative, it means that people all around the world can find you music and if they are true fans they will buy your releases and merch.

Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-I don’t really think so, there was a time where you had British and American artists and ABBA. Nowadays people are listening to J-pop, k-pop, world music etc. It’s all readily available.

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?
-As a band our biggest worry would be that people stop listening to music, and stop actively seeking out new artists. Or live music completely disappears

What does the future hold for you?
-Hopefully lots of gigs/tours and more albums

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