This is a band that I wasn’t too keen on years ago but that I have changed my mind about as age has caught up with me. So it is with great pleasure that I get to interview DRIVE, SHE SAID. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How important was the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe when you first started?
-Wow…never thought of that. I would say not important at all…ha ha. Though eventually we did write a few songs about cars and driving and took a photos related to cars…and of course the album covers were fun.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Hmm I guess it’s DNA.
What is your definition of the music you play?
-With Drive, She Said I think I’ve lost track of the definitions. When we were originally doing it people referred to it as Metal, Rock…then Melodic Metal…now some of it seems to be Melodic Rock. Depends on the song I guess. Rain Of Fire as opposed to Writing On The Wall or Rainbows and Hurricanes, or In R Blood. I guess it’s the old story of 5 blind men touching various parts of an elephant ha ha. Of course there’s “Just Keep’s Comin'” which is probably just good old rock n roll.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-It’s just energy…and yin yang…a flow.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Everywhere I guess.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Art work can be super fun. We love the graphics and ideas around that. We were SO fortunate to have been introduced to Stan Decker. He should, in our opinion, win an award for the new cover which was an interpretation of a dream Al had.
Is there a difference in how it used to be and how it is when you record today? Do you prefer the analogue or the digital way of doing things?
-Of course the Mac computer makes things very possible. In times long gone we would have to wait, and save, to get into a studio and hope we could do it fast enough, and the drums would sound right, and the engineer was good (a great studio run by a not great engineer is not necessarily great…but a great engineer can make a not so great studio sound great)….But now you can do it in your living room…or shower ha ha…and long distance.
I am no huge fan of download and digital. I want my music on record. Do you see a danger in people downloading, not wanting to pay for it and just listening to songs and not albums?
-Of course we want to be able to make a living…hopefully….and sell…something ha ha. But there have always been singles…always people “just listening” ie. the radio…though now the ability to listen to exactly what you want and get it full quality for free is easier. It’s a recognized problem that has the industry in a bit of turmoil but us crazies still keep doing it anyway ha ha.
I remember you from back in the days. What is it like to play live today 30 odd years later?
-It is surreal. Health is SO important. Would love to be doing it more…and be able to get things perfect.
What does the future hold?
-More and more and more….music….in all forms.