KING’S CALL

KING‘S CALL has a name that makes me think of Rainbow and those old classic hardrock bands that I grew up with. Anders Ekdahl ©2014

Is the name important in establishing what kind of metal it is that you play?
-It is indeed. Yet it’s all a matter of personal taste. A band’s name can reflect the group’s style and then again not. Just look at the past decades in music.

Just so we know what we are dealing with could you please give us a short introduction to the band?
-’King’s Call’ is a melodic Hard Rock oriented band. Some may hear influences others just enjoy… I am the founder and bandleader…and no matter what ‘the song remains the same’ therefore.

How do you find your sound? Do you take a whole bunch of influences and mix them together to make it your brew?
-I think it’s safe to say that no artist out there can be creative living in a bubble…trying to avoid influences. You have to bundle up your experiences and your talent and make it into something of your own. Even when some may say they feel reminded of such and such. As long as it is authentic the listeners will dig it.

Is art work and lay out still as important when more and more people download legally music to their phones or ipads/computers?
-Music is art in the first place and should be treated as such. The digital age may have changed the way we ‘consume’ but the ones out there seeking handmade art will always be supportive.

What are your feelings on this development of digital replacing physical?
-As I said the digital age can only replace to a certain extent and does only cater to a certain audience. It is an important meaning no doubt…but there is a need for ‘grassroots’ out there…and it’s growing fast.

Do you agree that digital is killing the music scene as we know it now?
-It has become difficult to control all that ‘free’ stuff and there is certainly no solution to it. Damage is done. Make the best of it and might as well use it to your own advantage

How important is playing live today? Is there still a live scene to talk about? Do people still go to shows? To me it seems that it is all big tour packages or festivals that are left.
-It’s always been tour packages and festivals. Club tours are fine but only to a point. Plus a band or musician not wanting to play live shows makes no sense…audiences want to see music coming alive…music connects and is a vital part of our every day lives. All over the world…

How has the internet changed the feeling of community in being a local band playing local shows? Does it still feel that you are a product of your surrounding area?
-Of course has the internet changed a lot…seems like everybody has an opinion on something…has a video out etc. It has helped quite a few artists to gain audiences, support and all that…so, yes, it’s useful having that ‘digital’ community out there even when a lot of times it’s an information overkill

I guess that most bands go through one or two lineup changes. How do you as a band contain your sound when one member leaves and a new one arrive?
-As a person one should develop throughout life in a constant matter…so, no matter who is in the band at what point…I make the sound…and all my experiences flow into the music and become ‘musical pictures’.

What would you like to see the future bring with it?
-We should all pick up a ‘hobby’…do something creative and bring it together with others…the world would be better off if we knew what to make with the time given…instead of running around trying to find something satisfying for the soul. So, get up and rock 

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