This band’s music is so much better than their name even though I can understand that humour in the name GRUMPYNATORS. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We think it, by a big margin is the best we have ever done. I know that a lot of artist often says that about their latest record, but I really think we have upped just about everything on this record. First of all, the production is better, but we have also spent a lot more energy in the song-writing process. That have resulted in a whole new quality level, and a record with a lot of strong songs.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-It was actually a last time desperate thing we came up with, to be honest. We had been walking around the bush about for a long time about the band name when we started the band and suddenly we had to call ourselves something because the first live-gig where coming up. Then Emil suggested that we called ourselves Zombienators. The rest of us thought that it was way to psychobilly-ish, since we think we are a rock-band and not a psychobilly-band. We wanted it to something that was symbolizing that we are some angry old men, that plays rock’n roll. Then Emil suggested Grumpynators. It’s thought to be an Calvin and Hobbes-kind of a pistol that you can shoot people to get them grumpy.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-A LOT. That said it’s primarily selfish reasons that motivates us to create music. We simply cannot help not to make music. It’s our passion, so we would probably create it anyway if no one liked it. That said it is off course a huge motivational factor that there is some people that likes the music.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I would be lying if I was saying it didn’t mean anything at all. Off course image means something, especially for a band that brings a double bass every time they play live. We are aware that we are not only playing our music, when we play live. We also have to give the audience a visual show. That said, I don’t think it means that much to us compared to a lot of the rockbands with younger members.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It’s very connected to what I just said in the former question. It’s very important to give a full experience of what the album is about. In that sense the art work play together with the lyrics and the music expression in general.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook.
-Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
It has mainly been beneficial I would say… Especially for our band. We socialize a lot with our fans, also outside the social media. The only down side I can come up with is that it is very addictive to be following what happens all the time and hence some off use a lot of time on the social medias
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-It definitely feels like you are a part of a community. I don’t know how massive it is. Denmark is a small country, so if you are part of the rock scene you pretty fast learn to know a lot of the other bands on that scene, so when we have High Voltage Awards (The only Danish Rock Award show), we typically know a lot of people there. I think we have some great and not at least skillful colleagues here in DK. I don’t know if it is something that gives meaning to our life, because that is kind of big words. It definitely contributes to give meaning, but off course so does our family, kids and so on.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-I would say the scene is small but healthy in DK. Rock and metal is almost non-existent in the mainstream national medias in DK. The countries that surrounds us like Germany or Sweden is much better at that. But, if you check the statistics on Spotify or iTunes you actually find that a lot of Danish people listen to rock and metal when they have to choose for themselves, and on top of that the only bands that can make really big concerts are big Danish rock bands like Volbeat, D-A-D or Dizzy Mizz Lizzy. Based on that I actually think that the scene is quite healthy because it maintains to exist without being supported by the medias.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We live to play live, and we are also a better live band than we are a “studio-band”. Like many other bands in our league we still struggle to get live gigs though. Off course it’s pretty easy to get jobs in Copenhagen, but the further we get away, the harder it gets. We are getting some kind of breakthrough in Germany though, which also is the reason why have two release-partys, one in Hamburg and one in Copenhagen. Besides that we have played in Sweden and in the Northern part of Finland
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully a lot more jobs in Europe. We especially hope to tour a lot more in Germany, and maybe expand that a bit to Holland, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Norway… And then it would be nice if we could persuade the Danish National Radio to play some more rock music 🙂