DREAMSHIFT is a German one-man project that really impressed me. Hopefully you too will be impressed. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-It was pretty easy I guess. I wrote the lyrics for the first album “Seconds” and searched for a name that would be a good topping for them. And as some of the lyrics are kind of fantasy and some are realistic I came up with the name “Dreamshift” because it would combine both in a pretty good way I guess.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Dreamshift is an one-man-project from Bavaria, Germany. Thematically I want to describe the struggle of this generation to integrate into society.
Musically it’s a mixture of Black Metal, Shoegaze and Post-Rock. Fast blast beats, friendly melodies and screamed vocals.
I play all the instruments myself of curse and recorded, mixed and mastered the whole album in my homestudio
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-I take my influences from everywhere. Everyday life is the best influence I guess. To transform the struggle and anger you have into music is the best way to cure your self. As well I’m influenced by other bands of curse. If the music touches me in a certain way I just want to sit down and write some music to express the feelings the music I just listend to gave me.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-I guess no. I just feel like playing music. I don’t see the point of mixing up politics and stuff with being in a band. I just like my guitars.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-I am a huge fan of good artworks. If I listen to music and close my eyes, I always see the artwork that belongs to the CD right in front of me. So they are really important to me. The graphic side of an album can sometimes express more then the music itself.
I always take tons of time to create my artworks and have a hard time choosing what comes into the booklet.
Otherwise I don’t really care what the band looks like. To be honest I think most of us metalheads are ugly as fuck.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Lyrics are really important to me. A big problem is that my English isn’t the best. Sometimes I can’t express myself in the way I could have in German. But I guess that’s a problem every songwriter has who is not speaking English natively.
Of curse lyrics don’t always have to be serious. I love comedy like Steel Panther does it. It’s pure fun singing along.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Metalheads will always stick to the physical one for sure! I’m collecting CD’s myself and I am a huge fan of vinyls.
In other genres digital is killing physical of curse. That being said I think all that electronic dancemusic, minimaltechno and that new school hip hop is not meant to be listened to on cd. It’s a computer product so I think listening to that ones digitally is okay.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Maybe there will be a new kind of format soon. But guess what! I’ll stick with CD’s and vinyls.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-One man projects always have a hard time playing live you know.
What lies in the future?
-For sure one or two more albums, maybe a live band and of curse lots of fun recording stuff!
Thanks for the questions!