I gotta admit that I am new to GRAND ROYALE but what I hear I like. So much that I wonder why I haven’t heard this before. Answers from andy. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-To do great songs together. Usual Gustav has a great Idea but we need to try it together and see how the song work in our group. A great idea for a song can sound bad when we try it together. Sometime music is like math. No matter how good your idea was in your head, with your guitar on your bed. Sometimes it works sometime it don’t
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I don´t know. I think most bands have influence of some other artist/group.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Sometimes it´s hard and sometimes shit just flow. It´s strange but that just the way it is. We are in the making of a new album as we speak. This one is going to be more difficult I think because we are about to change our sound. Trying to get more 70th soul in our music.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We only record demos at home. When we made Breaking News we had Nicke Andersson as our producer and when the record was done we said to our self’s that we can´t go back ever again and record an album without a producer. So for this one we have Ola Esfjord. When it comes to rock n roll I think people expects an album. I think your question is more for mainstream radio/tv artist.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-To go out and play live. We don´t get that much but at the same time people by our merch and records at the shows to support us. I think it´s a very good thing that vinyls are back. If a band will make a living on their music I think they really need a big management that make the band tour a lot and play festivals.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-That we sound like The Hellacopters. That is way we are in process of doing a completely different album this time because we are a little bit tired of it. However, I think some will say that we sound like them anyway. The most response have been good so far. Hellacopters is a good band;)
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I think it´s kind of weird that people from Japan order a T-shirt or people from USA want us to come and play there. I think all that is weird. Or if I go somewhere for example to another city in Sweden and I see some one walk around with Grande Royale T-shirt. But at the same time it´s so flattering and it is a receipt that we do something that’s good.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Of course. We have found new friends and we have to travel a lot. Without playing in a band on this level, we probably just have recording music for ourselves so it is a hard work behind it as well and there are fucking good bands out in the world that want to do what we do.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Yeah when people come to our shows the most of them love it. I think that most people can relate to the music that we play. It´s classic rock with a lot of electric guitars! What can go wrong?
What plans do you have for the future?
-We are in the making of a new album. We start the recording session in December. After that we don´t know we just want to go out and play live as much as we can.