GC PROJECT

I do not know this one but I was so impressed by what I heard that I had to interview GC PROJECT. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-It’s very important to me. In my case, band’s name is the initials of my name, so I don’t know what kind of vibe it could give.

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-The will to make music without limits, moving across rock, progressive, fusion, metal, blues, jazzy sounds; write the music spontaneously, I don’t like to think “This is too many metal for me”, “it sounds too much soft for my band” or other things like this.

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-I define it progressive. Like I said before, my music is very heterogeneous, the main genre is prog, but you can find other in it.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-The arrangements are developed with each musician featured in the album. I write songs and lyrics, but the pre-productions are gaunt, in order to allow the guys to play with their own styles and attitudes; so, we arrange everything in collaboration, in this way the songs play as I want with the style and taste of each musician.

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-About lyrics, form my life and my friends’ lives. I like to talk about human feelings, thoughts, life experiences, stuff like this. About music, I don’t know where I find inspiration; maybe in my background. I start to write, after a couple of days I hear what I’ve written; there are two possibilities: “Yeah, it can works” or “What a shit!” In the second case, I delete all XD

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It’s incredibly important. For Face the Odds I realized two covers and booklets…I choose the third.
For Two of a Kind I have chosen the fourth one, the previous three are in the garbage can.
I think the cover of an album is a picture that guides you to the listening and the music is the guide to watch this picture. In my covers I try to enclose the spirit of the album, the sense of the lyrics and music, I try to explain what happens in the songs before you listen to them.

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-It’s true, many people prefer to download single tracks, not buying records. So, unfortunately, the albums are not relevant as 70’s, 80’s or 90’s, but we have to go on and on and on. No, I don’t think.

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-It’s another way to support and listen to. Digital downloading is a positive thing: people can discover new bands/artists in a few seconds; we all have more possibilities to let our songs be heard by more people. 10 years ago the readers could have said “Who’s the fuck GC Project?”. Maybe you are just saying in this moment XD, maybe one of you knows GC Project just thanks to digital downloading.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Prog scene, of course.
What does the future hold?
-Third album, new ideas, new songs…everything new!

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