With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DRIVING FORCE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-Music was always my „driving force“ and that’s how I came up with the name. I’m surely not the only one who had that idea since there are several „driving forces“ around. A unique name would probably have been better for recognition, but the name felt right and since no one of the original lineup had any issues with it we stuck to it.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-When you finish a recording you don’t sit back and relax because that’s where the real work begins (graphics, looking for a record/promotion company, cd/lp pressing, new merchandise, booking of gigs)! Coming back to your point: A new album never feels finished so it’s a good thing if you have a deadline where you just have to let go. In general I’m glad when I think it sounds good after getting it back from mixing or mastering.
It will never happen that „everybody“ likes it. So we have to trust ourselves (our four individual opinions). We often play material live before recording it and then see what the reaction from the audience is. That also helps. I personally don’t have any anxiety, unless we receive a bunch of bad reviews. 😉
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-Could I have done it better? Especially with vocals. Playing an instrument usually also works when you’re sick. But the slightest cold can be heard on a recording. Speaking of anxiety…
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Good question. If I had the right answer (and the time and money) we would not need a company like Pure Steel. In other words: We’re so glad we have that support!
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-We say that we play metal with rock elements. But that’s what we think. In the end, the consumers will put a label on us and it always amazes me what bands we are compared with. I think the main reason for having so many sub-genres is the sheer amount of bands that are out there. „Metal“ is simply not enough – anymore.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger?
-I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
Switzerland does have a lot of bands but it doesn’t feel like there’s a real „Metal Scene“. There are some other bands and a few die hard Metal fans we frequently run into. But the locations come and go so it seems that there is not enough interest in Metal in order to have a good business as a Metal club.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-It is important but so is the budget. So it’s usually a compromise between what we want and what we can afford. But so far we were happy with every artwork – except for the one of our first EP maybe.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online?
-With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
Yes, you’re free to release new material anytime you want with more gain on every sold item than you would ever have with a record company. But who’s gonna buy it? How do people know about your newest release? Long story short: I still think it’s very important to have a label if you want to get known.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-We would like to play only big shows but unfortunately we’re not that big (yet). 😉 In general: We like to have enough space on the stage for us and a decent monitor sound. We always give 100%, but a gig is only as good as the audience is willing to participate. We have a lot of choruses people can sing along to, but if they don’t it’s definitely less fun. However, we have made people sing along to songs they never heard before. 🙂
What lies in the future?
-Andras, our guitarist, helped us out for the last two years and was an important part in the creation and recording of the songs for our newest album „All Aboard“. But it was clear from the beginning that he would leave Switzerland again. Now that we have found Peer who seems to be willing to be our permanent lead guitarist, everything is possible again.
I think we will soon start writing new material with him, so we don’t have another 6 year break until the next release. I would love to have another album out by 2021 but we’ll see…