INFINITEE needs to checked out to make up your own opinion. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release an album, that it sort of is for real now?
-There is always a little pressure with any release, regardless if it’s a demo or an album. There may be more pressure with an album because you generally spend more time and money on it than a demo. I personally don’t feel any pressure because most success doesn’t come from a first week of sales with a first release. It comes from touring and being consistent with social media and albums/ EPs. Maybe when I start doing tours and make a second release, the pressure will be on a lot more.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-For this record, I was expecting it to be the best product I can put out, but also a good learning experience. It was my first album I put out on my own, so I knew it wasn’t going to be perfect. My goal for it was to put out an album that perfectly illustrates the starting point of the projects sound.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-I haven’t had that yet with this project, but it’s definitely cool!

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-While it probably helps from a marketing point, some bands live off being different with each album, especially in progressive music.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-I think playing in bands helped reach out to other metalheads in the scene. But I think it would be just as easy to reach out even if I didn’t play in a band.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-It’s pretty easy for this project. However in other bands and projects that have one core genre, it’s much more difficult.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-All kinds of music inspire me. I listen to a lot of shred guitar stuff, but I’m also into some more chill bands like Dance Gavin Dance, also listening to a lot of pop punk for inspiration for melodies from the vocals.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that CD sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-I don’t really notice anything. I think it’s all a matter of convenience. If there was a way to instantly ship physical CD’s in the same minute they are ordered, I think physicals would be more popular. But because that’s not the case, streaming and digital downloads take over the world. Also with so many bands out and such few spending dollars available for consumers, it’s harder for most people to justify one CD for the same cost as one month for a streaming service for all their music.
9. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? I like both. Personally, if I like a band, I’ll buy their album digitally and get the physical too. Why not? People act like it has to be one or the other and forget that we live in a world where both can reside with one another. While digital and streaming has made bands music more accessible, it has also killed the value of an album. Just like I said in the previous question, why buy a CD for $10 when you can get all music for a month for $10.

What lies in the future?
-Definitely more releases and hopefully some concerts and tours soon!

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