With a name like KAMIKAZE KINGS this band has set the stage for what kind of hardrock/metal they play. You can’t do all power ballads with a name like that. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
– Hi, it’s me Elmo, frontman of the band answering your questions. And yes, there was a lot of pressure and uncertainty involved in the making of our new record ROYAL RENEGADES. For me as as a songwriter it was a very hard time. The last two albums were written by me and Randy, our former guitarist. He left the band during the production of our new album which left me alone with a half recorded album. My approach to this album was to combine Old School Heavy Metal and Glam with Rock ‘n’ Roll. And I love the result.
What response did you get on your last album? What was the weirdest response you got?
– MASTER or SLAVE got a very fine response. I do not read reviews. Fans and journalists who want to support us contact us anyway… and what they said sounded very good to me. And what I really loved about this album is that every song is a great song to play it live and rock the crowd. That is why we still play a lot of songs of this album during our live set. But of course some people abuse the anonymity of the internet to write me really weird stuff or send me naked pictures of themselves. The weirdest response was someone carving Master into his chest and slave into his back. But I thought it was really nice.
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?
– This is so amazing. I still cannot believe how enthusiastic some fans are and how much they support me and the band. But I have to say that the fans are a great influence for me. All I do is for them and for the people that support me and the band. So I am happy when somebody in the audience sings every word with me.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
– Well, we changed. We have grown. Rais, my drummer, and me we are the band. I write the songs and he his my partner in crime. We started as a Glam Rock act with a passion for Rock ‘n’ Roll and now we are who we are… a hard working and hard rocking Rock ‘n’ Roll act. We are a great live act with an adrenaline fueled show. The artwork reflects us. This is basically all I can say. We are honest and stay true to ourselves.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
– Yes, we have made a lot of friends over the past few years in the Metal community. I am friends with Iris, the front woman of Souldrinker from Stuttgart, and my brother Jost is frontman of the Death Metal band Demonbreed. With both of them I recorded songs for the new album. I like them all very much.
When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with Songs that fit into the sound?
– Very easy. I write the songs I like. I work very hard on keeping it simple. ROYAL RENEGADES is our progressive album. But I already wrote songs that are much more simple and direct. Life really inspires me and I like simple messages and a clear structure.
What influences/inspires you today?
– I am still with the old bands… I listen to Rose Tattoo and Motörhead. I love Judas Priest and I adore Manowar ballads and old British bands. I don’t listen to so much new stuff. II am very much inspired by Wendy O. Williams and Kiss.
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?
– Yes, it is hard. But there are still people making a lot of money. So I guess it depends who you ask in the end. I mean… sometimes I think it is all unfair and the whole situation is fucked. We really deliver quality and put out great albums but only a few people buy them. I am pretty honest about it. We sell like nothing compared to acts from big companies who have a big promotion budget and endless tours coming their way. But I was born to rock with my brother Rais and that is what we do. And we get a lot of support from the underground. That keeps us going.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
– I am honest. I like both. I am old school but I appreciate the convenience of modern technology. I love recording like back in the good old days but I also like how fast you can work in a modern studio. Yes, I love vinyl but I also love my ipod when I do sports…. and of course, if you really worship a band you buy their stuff on vinyl or cassette.
What lies in the future?
– We go on tour this summer, record the next album and shoot more videos. Hope to see you all on tour eventually!!! Check out www.kamikazekings.com once in a while!!! Thanks for the interesting questions and supporting Kamikaze Kings.