With a new album dropping Dcember 14th it felt like it was time to get to know LEVEL FIELDS a bit better. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Alan: I want them to get excited, happy, sad, angry and um… contemplative. Hopefully our sound and lyrics will inspire some thought. If not, oh well… But I think getting a reaction that actually means something is part and parcel to why we create music in the first place.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Marco lives in a flat area of Germany and I have always liked the term “level playing field” which is kind of where it started. I should point out that when it comes to success in life, I far prefer a performance-based ideology as opposed to “leveling” the playing field through other means.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I was originally inspired by bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and also had a huge New Wave influence but once I got into singing for real, I would say Priest and Maiden were the biggest influences on me. Today I listen to all kinds of music and am mostly inspired by life experiences, not other bands.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Marco and I originally did just one song together called Enough. That led to a couple more tunes and eventually we thought we should create an actual band. So he recruited his drummer Theo and I recruited our bass player Clint. It was then that we thought about a band name.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Face it– it’s hard to put out music today no matter how you cut it. In America I would suggest that most everyone exclusively listens digitally. The collectors will order vinyl and the purists, CD’s but most people just stream and/or download. For us, we only started releasing songs one at a time digitally cause we did not know where Level Fields was going and we wanted to get our music out there somehow. It’s worth mentioning that two of the songs on our release have never been heard before.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I think artwork is very important but that said, we took a few weeks to dial in the artwork and about 5 years to get the music together. lol I am not sure how you catch people’s attention anymore. There are so many distractions in our world that it is hard to determine what makes people pay attention anymore. Especially when it comes to music.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-I think the internet more than social media has played a big role in changing the playing field when it comes to promotion. To be honest, I am not sure how to promote in the modern age. Hopefully our label does!!!
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-It used to when I was much younger. Now just feeling like I am part of a cool band is enough for me. And I definitely feel that with Level Fields. These guys are super easy to get along with and when and if the day comes that we play together in the same room I am confident it will be a great feeling among the members.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-If we are offered any tours and gigs I would do my best to make them happen. But we have no idea yet what might come our way. I happen to think that live shows are probably the most effective way to win over new fans.
What will the future bring?
-Only you can tell Anders! I have no idea. Hopefully we will release a lot more music and become huge rockstars. But I have my doubts… lmao