I am scared by a hell of a lot of animals but nothing scares me more than alligators, they are real HELLIGATORS. Anders Ekdahl. Anders Ekdahl © 2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
(Alex) The main purpose was… to have no purposes! I mean, we really like to feel free when we play and create new songs, we don’t want to think too much how they will sound. We just want to be honest and loud!
(Kamo) Our main purpose is to have fun playing what we like to play… Simple.
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?
(Alex) We play since we were kids and we mostly know how to reach “the Helligators sound”. If we have an idea, we know how to realize it. Our sound engineer Luciano Chessa is able to understand and catch it during the recording sessions. We are really lucky and satisfied about it!
(Kamo) Well, we just plug in and play! It’s natural that everyone in the band has his own influences and attitude.. the melting of all of these things creates our own sound.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
(Kamo) It’s not hard to create and put our emotions and inspirations in music… it’s really natural! It’s pretty harder to record a new album because we need money and a good label to release and promote it!
(Alex) Thanx to the Sliptrick Records staff, it’s not difficult to us. We just have to compose new songs, make money with concerts, spend it to record a new album and give all the material to our label. Easy!
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?
(Alex) We are old enough to prefer to record a new album in a real recording studio. Our main job is to play music and that’s all. We just want to play our instruments and ask to most experienced hands to record them. A musician shouldn’t be the sound engineer of his own music.
(Kamo) True…we are too old to record at home, this is a thing for young bands! We always record our stuff in studio…old school style!
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?
(Alex) Your feeling is right… Maybe the free download is not killing music but is making it worst. The bands have a lower budget to survive and to record the best music possible. That’s why the “home-recording” is so popular and a lot of bad music is released.
(Kamo) Free downloading killed the music…pay to play, play for free…there’s no future…the future is black.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
(Alex) We are really happy about the responses to our music! People seem to appreciate our music and come to our concerts. They are crazy! We can feel their love and we can give it back! As the Beatles said: “in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”
(Kamo) The best is when we play live in the clubs…people seem to have fun and we always have a great response after the show!
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
(Alex) Internet is a wonderful and dangerous tool that permits to talk in few seconds with someone from the other side of the world. Thanx to internet, a guy from Australia could listen to the music of an Italian band called Helligators in few seconds! It’s amazing! But, to be honest, I really miss to write letters and send a demo-tape around the world… I’m a romantic asshole!
(Kamo) We have been contacted from many people from the Usa. It would be great to play there!
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?
(Alex) We are musicians but also great music fans! We feel part of the huge community of rock’n’roll fanatics! We are really proud to be part of it! Music brought many dreams and hopes, even if I haven’t realized the 90% of them!
(Kamo) It’s a big family! we all share the same passion, troubles and experiences.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
(Alex) It helps if you are a good live band! If not, people won’t come back to your concerts. Every time we are on stage, we really want to win the heart of the audience by playing the best and most honest music possible. The stage is the best place to be and our mission is to play our music as you can listen to our album.
(Kamo) Of course it helps. Playing live is very important! Rock’n’Roll means to play live more that everything else!
What plans do you have for the future?
(Alex) We are going to release a 7-inch vinyl with 2 new songs in February for Sliptrick Records. We can’t wait to let the world know our new singer, The Dude! We’ve got lots of songs written for the upcoming 3rd album and we are really excited! We want to be back in the studio recording in summertime and we hope to release the new album at the end of 2017. Is the world ready for some new Helligators music?
(Kamo) We are writing new killer songs with our new singer Simone “Dude” .. We can’t wait to record the new album!