KLOGR is a band that I have a sort of on/off relationship to. Right now it is on. So read this interview and then continue to check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-Thank you. Basically we take inspiration from other musical genres.
We love and listen to rock and metal but at the same time we love music in general.
When we write songs we try not to be influenced by cliches and we leave the mind open to the emotions that drive us.
We are not presumptious enough to say that we always manage to hit the target but the intent is that. We don’t like to label music but live it as a life’s soundtrack. This helps us to search for the most personal sound possible.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-Every time is a new challenge. I believe that Keystone is our first album with a defined and representative sound of what we had in mind.
Previously there were too many variables and distractions during the production of the albums. This time the whole band was focused on their own sound and transmitting what we wanted through the music. David Bottrill’s help was essential to impress the right sound in the album.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-The lyrics are very important for us. Music is for us a means to communicate an idea and at the same time a platform to denounce some issues.
When you talk about certain things through music you can get straight to people. Other means of communication do not leave their mark, they give news, they speak of an argument but they do not leave you anything inside. Through music you can share a lot with people.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-The bands we have in common as members of the Klogr are diverse. At the same time we have very different influences.
I think the band’s sound is what they call Alternative Rock or Alternative Metal.
Our musical tastes range from Tool to Deftones, from blues to progressive.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-The artwork was created from a painting by an Italian artist (Andrea Saltini).
It perfectly depicts the concept of the album, the description of human arrogance and the presumption of being the “keystone” of the planet, when instead we are only guests who should have more respect for the environment in which we live.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-You can enjoy music in different ways. Certainly listening to the music on streaming you have a slightly more consumerist approach but certainly effective and always at your fingertips. I still prefer to have the visual aspect in front of me, also to understand the artist’s imagination through the part of the artwork. This is why I miss vinyl, where the arwork was bigger and more valued. I believe it can and should be done even now. All social platforms give the possibility to associate the music with the images but it is not like having a cd in hand.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-Inspiration often comes when you least expect it and you have to be ready to catch it and develop it. Sometimes it’s music that suggests a title and sometimes it’s a title or lyrics that inspires music.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
For sure the music market does not enjoy good health. Without the records’ sales for a band it’s really difficult to move on. Luckily there is still live music and there are still so many passionate people supporting music and bands. It is still unclear how much an artist can earn from streaming platforms and this makes everyday life difficult. To make music you need time and if you do not have the money to live you can’t be focused on the music.
The market has always been difficult but in the past even small/medium bands were likely to keep playing around and selling their records. Now you have to position your project in a high-end market otherwise it’s hard to move on. I believe this trend will be increasingly evident. I just hope that good music can find space.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Live shows are crucial. It is the moment when you really share something with the audience, there is an exchange of energy in concerts that is indescribable and that often through listening to a record does not transmit. It is the most true and authentic part of music from my point of view.
What lies in the future?
-We hope to come back on tour soon. We will publish some videos of the European tour to relive unforgettable moments with the fans.
We are already writing material for the next release but it is still early to talk about a new album. For 2018 we hope to play live as much as possible, then we’ll see when to start with the new album.