FANKAZ

I was never a huge fan of the West Coast skate punk bands FANKAZ. I was more into the East Coast hardcore scene. FANKAZ are hardcore with a melodic sense that makes me think back to the glorious Umeå hardcore days. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Ricky: We want to transmit energy and positive attitude, even if your days sucks don’t give up, be positive and everything will be fine.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Ricky: Sincerely our name came out just like that. It was instinctive, we formed the band fourteen years ago and at that time FANKAZ was the best word for us. It means “do nothing” in our dialect. But now we make everything in a different way, so the name is the same but the attitude is more professional.
Mora: The name came out as well, we were young and we didn’t have nothing to do, so FANKAZ it came out just like this. Despite the name we are serious people.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Ricky: In the past a lot of melodic hardcore bands like No Use For A Name, Lagwagon, Nofx. Actually i listen a lot of Hardcore and Rock stuff like Counterparts, Misery Signals, Belvedere, Lower Than Atlantis, Thrice, etc..
Mora: the same as Ricky but with some adds like a wilhelm scream, comeback kid, architets etc…

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
Ricky: We wanted to play punk since the beginning. It was the worst punk ever because it was in a demential version. After one year we saw Belvedere playing live in an amazing show and after that we decided to change everything, our music, our lyrics and put more effort in our sound in general and we moved to skate-punk and more technical stuff.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Ricky: I agree with you. The people stopped to listen music, they only want a simple product they can listen during their days, without thinking, and the recording industry follow this trend. I don’t think that releasing only singles is a good idea because there are more costs for the production and you don’t have a real feeling with the artist.
The result is an album with two good songs and a lot of shit. I call it garbage. Plus if the single dosen’t work the label eliminates the artist like a piece of shit.
We need to re-educate people to listening music, and i hope that the recording industry understand this point and put more effort in the research of new talent and new “real” music.
Mora: I agree. People are losing passion for music, there are too much money in the music world and the music industry wants to get rich at the expense of product quality. An album must be listened since the beginning without intervals of weeks or months between a track and the other, with the risks to losing interest.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Ricky: Three of us are graphic designer and graphics and art-work are really important for us.
We try to extrapolate the soul of our songs, all our sensation and feelings and transforming everything in a vision and Pole (drum) is really good in this kind of visionary job.
Mora: Graphics is the first thing that strikes you and is very important from us. It gives you that special touch to the physical cd that the digital version doesn’t have.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Ricky: Social media have totally changed the rules in this world. Everything is changed and everyone need to understand that.
If you want a good fan-base you need to push your social pages, good photos, good music and a credible history and attitude.
Everything need to reflect the music of the band and the promotion should be taught in this way.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
Ricky: Playing in a band is the best feeling that i’ve ever had. Because is only you and your friends.
Mora: Playing in a band is a commitment that becomes a fun and a vent, a nice moment spent with friends. The other things rest in the background.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Ricky: Absolutely yes. I love being in tour with my band, we’ve played in est europe and UK and this time we hope to play some shows in Japan and i hope a lot of gigs in europe.

What will the future bring?
Ricky: Like i said touring, music and…… a lot of music!
Mora: We are searching a lot of gigs!!! If you want to help us contact us!!!

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