KISSIN DYNAMITE is a German band that really rocks the socks off anybody that listens to them. Answers from Hannes. Anders Ekdahl ©2018 10,12
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-It was a funny story. As every band in the beginning you search badly for a good band name. In our case nothing would come out. But after a dew rehearsals that we spent finding a good name, suddenly Andi´s cell phone rang. Since he is a very big AC/DC fan he had quite an unknown song called “Kissin Dynamite” from the album “Blow up your video” as his ringtone. And we asked him “hey what’s that”? He said “It´s “Kissin´Dynamite”. And we knew that this perfectly describes us as a band: Energetic, powerful and explosive!
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-Basically it´s the music we always listened to. Our favorite band are for example GunsNRoses, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, etc. So we got inspired by that and we didn’t care if this music was in or out. Because in the first place we make music for ourselves. But we are glad that more and more people like what we´re doing and this is why we say “We’re living the dream!”.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-I can’t really tell you because in my case the inspiration most of the times come from nowhere. I sit at the piano and jam around until all of a sudden a line or an idea strikes in that I find inspiring. Then I keep following. Sometimes nothing happens. Then I leave the piano behind in frustration and try again the next day
But in general our influences are the band that I mentioned earlier.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-Hmm, I think a message can be anything: In our case our message is “Have a good time”. Of course this is not a deep message that criticizes society or something, but it is a strong emotion and that is enough for us. We don’t try to improve the world with political lyrics or so. But of course other bands do and that is absolutely fine. Let me put it this way: The worst thing that can happen to a band is that nobody pays attention to it. But if they do, the band MUST have a good or a clear message.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-Sure. People want something that they can understand and easily classify. Most of the times bands are successful if they have a concrete and clear image, that leaves no doubt on what the band is about. Of course the image must fit to the art of the band. But this goes actually hand in hand, because I wouln´t write black metal and dress like a pink unicorn. You know?
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-We realized that our covers have always been very colorful. We thought it was about time to do just the opposite. Not a conventional “art work” but a photo of a model we have chosen who should express the emotional message of the band. On the cover that lady looks very satisfied and at inner peace. You could even say she feels ecstasy because she is so much into it. Every time when I look at the cover I love it. And maybe other people feel the same.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-You mean in Germany? We’re doing very well over here. More and more people listen to Kissin Dynamite and come to our shows. That makes us proud of course. It´s always great if you have a strong support in your home country.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-For me it´s exciting because if I TRY to read reviews from different countries but I don’t understand their language I’m wondering what they say about the album. Luckily most of the reviews have a rating at the end like 9/10 or something. So I can see what they think about our record. 🙂
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Absolutely! Especially big festivals , because you play in front of a looooot people that have never seen the band before.
But basically you only have 1 chance to convince them! So we always give 110%!
What does the future have in its womb?
-I hope that our way keeps on going up! We are living our dream and it makes us extremely happy. We try to continue to make good music and reach us much people as we can. So maybe the future will bring us even bigger stages and more tours. We will see! But we´re looking soooo much forward! 🙂