With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to HUELGA. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-The main thing that has changed is that I have learned that it is better for me to set smaller goals. At first, I wanted to make double albums and long epic tunes but now that I have finished an EP, I know how much work that is and I have decided to release singles going forward. This band is really about me exploring compositional techniques that would be too difficult to communicate in a traditional band format. I live a very comfortable life so in order for me to justify anger I need to look outside of my situation. I find the social,economic and political status quo to give me enough reason to be very angry. In some ways, I want my music to inspire change and to give people hope.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-My opinion of a band doesn’t change because of where they are from. As I look at all the recent bands that I have fallen in love with, none of them are from LA,NY,London or any cool cities. I don’t know if this influences people’s opinion about my band because even though Austin is considered a music town, it is more known for indie-Rock,Singer/songwriters and Country.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-My plan is to release singles after this EP so that I can stay current on what works and what doesn’t. I find that it is extremely important for a band to stay consistent from album to album. I write and play music in other genres but I will not change my sound for this project to explore musical genres. If I get curious about something I have plenty of other outlets to satisfy those cravings. My fans will know what to expect from HUELGA for years to come.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge is time and money. If I felt that nothing else was going on in the music world I would write until my heart was content and record in the most lavish studios until everything was perfect. The reality is that new bands that are super good come out everyday. I don’t want to be stuck in the middle of an album that has taken years to finish without being able to react to what is currently happening in music. Writing a really cool song has eluded most songwriters since music’s inception. If someone were to ever figure it out, music wouldn’t be special anymore.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-The #1 difference about digital vs. analog is familiarity. It is much easier for you and your parents or grandparents to share moments with music, if that music is old enough to have been recorded via analog. Another difference would be that because of the constrictions, analog tends have more captured “moments” than digital. It is only because of digital’s superior editing capabilities that this happens less. I have recorded on analog tape. Yes, it has the potential to sound better but it is more expensive, time consuming and stress provoking than digital.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-When I got my mixes back from Mick Kenney I was so relieved. I felt a greater sense of accomplishment than when I graduated from college. I hope people will love it but if they don’t, it will not deter me from continuing the project. There are some albums that became legendary after being unanimously hated when they were released. I’m thinking of something like Weezer’s “Pinkerton”. That’s how I will soothe my pain if people hate the EP. I will say “it is Pinkerton all over again”
I have always wondered how you write music when you don’t have any lyrics to hang it on. Do you have to think differently when you write just instrumental compared to when you have lyrics?
-To be honest, I hate the words I write. More importantly, I don’t really notice the words as much as the melody. When I write these tunes I am mostly concerned with the melody. I also listen to a lot of instrumental music like Jazz and Classical so I don’t miss lyrics. Lyrics would considerably slow down my already achingly slow writing process.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
– Huge! Huge! Huge! Again coming from checking out a bunch of Jazz or Classical records, the art work in those genres is not that important. Usually, people will have a picture of the musicians who played on the record. I think the cool thing about metal is that the cover primes you to think or feel a certain way even before you hear the music.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-I haven’t played out with this project yet. In the past, when I played on tour, fans did have a greater degree of recognition and that is one of the most beautiful feelings in life.
What do you see in the future?
-I have ideas for releasing singles that are a part of a series. I want them to be cohesive in theme and sound but I don’t want to wait until they are all written and recorded to release the series as an album. And yes, it will involve some kind of analog.