I knew nothing about GC PROJECT before this interview. Now I know a bit more. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left
_Every new recording has its own identity; at the same time every recording are a part of my artistic identity, so when I start to write new songs for me it’s a new beginning. If you have two or three sons, you cannot pretend that second and the third one have the same character than the first one; everyone of ‘em is different form the others. At the same time everyone of ‘em has something of you, like the nature, the hair or the nose. So, every work of mine has some typical character, but every album is a new story, a new chapter
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc
_I just keep the same logo, it’s a sort of trademark. Like before, every album is a new chapter of my life and I’m not the same of one or two years ago, or also two months ago. Different experiences bring you to a change, so my music change and so my lyrics. Face the Odds was a concept about anxiety, pain, the inner fears. Two of a Kind is a concept about the human and the world contradictions, love and hate, the peacefulness and the madness, the reason and the instinct (the cover of the album), the desire of something new and the fear of changing. A sort of balanced chaos that rules the universe.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-Writing the lyrics is a very delicate step: you have to express yourself at the best, so it is very important do it as well you can to leave a message. Usually, I start to write voice lines and words, and at the end, I concentrate on the music, feeling the sensations given by the mood. For Two of a Kind, the real challenge has been Forget me again: this is the only song for which I didn’t write the lyrics. They are a part of a friend of mine’s poem, wrote in Italian. I felt in love with it, so I translated the entire poem in English and selected the most significative phrases (starting from the chorus); after I started to sing to find the voice lines. At the end of this, I wrote riff, theme and rhythmical lines as usual
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-I’m old school too. To me the artwork of an album is a part of it, not just a way to write name and title. You express a concept through the cover too. I think it’s like a picture that accompanies the music you are listening; at the same time, the music is the guide to watch this picture.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play
-I write and play progressive/fusion music, it’s a very complicated genre, but I don’t feel misinterpreted. I think you like or not a song, an album, a band. Music is sensations, feelings, emotions, you can love a song or not, and this is natural; to me it’s not a question of misinterpreting.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
_I think it’s a positive thing. Before we had the chance to listen to a new album in a store, and we decided to buy it or not; in any case, you had to know new bands through fanzine, and the informations was slower. Now we can make it on Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud. On a side you can download music for free but, on the other side, the artists can promote their works easier and faster than before; we all have our names on the web: this is a way to let us to promote our music as well and create a fanbase. A long time ago we would not have had this chance.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-Times change, and changes happen, we must accept this. When I was a teenager, I discovered new bands thanks to my friends’ brothers, older then us; if it wasn’t for this, probably I would have discovered ELP, Genesis, Metallica, Megadeth, Led Zeppelin and many others too late. Today, if you listen to a new song, you can go on the web and search for it, discovering band name and other works. However, I continue to prefer to listen to new recordings in the old way. I don’t like download music or listen it on mp3 platforms. I love to buy albums, listening on a real audio system (not on phone or pad), watching the cover, reading the lyrics, the credits, the name of the members if I’m listening to the band for the first time. Anyway, I don’t think that this can kill off the music. Just a hint for the new generation: don’t listen to music in mp3 format, the quality is not so good as it seems
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today
-Touring is made of Festivals, single gigs and all the rest. Festivals are a good way to see more bands and to know new ones; the live of one band is the traditional way for the fans to see their favorite bands. Harder or not, go on tour is another face of making albums and promoting the works, maybe the most important, I think
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like
-I love to see many kind of shows. It depend from the kind of band you are watching. If I go to a live of Metallica, I expect to see an aggressive, powerful, fucking amazing show. When I go to jazz live, I love to see musicians concentrated on the patterns, the solos, closed eyes, a trip into inner music. Anyway, the most important thing is the connection of the band with the fans.
What does the future hold?
-For GC Project the future holds many news. I’m already writing new songs, a couple of these are almost complete. Don’t say to anyone, already have the title of the third album. Seriously, I’m going to go on with songwriting, playing live, making album and all the rest. For now, let’s see how Two of a Kind will work.