LIMBO

LIMBO is a Swedish band that contacted me and wanted me to do something with them. So here is the first part of me helping them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the yearsz
-Our vision was and has always been to write good music that is fun to play and that people can enjoy to the fullest. We have gone through some line-up changes, as almost every band has, which changed our approach to the overall strategy, and how we plan our future. But we have never changed the way we think about and write our music. That is the only constant among the unceasing tides of change.

Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
-Today it’s easier to promote and play at different locations. Through globalization, we can use social media platforms to get our music out there. We have seen that people in eastern Europe and people in the USA have been enjoying our music. But it all depends on what you want to accomplish, and what you are aiming for, specifically. And where your audience is located.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-You feel tired constantly, you get sick easily, and you don’t feel super fresh but that it’s all worth it. The whole experience as a whole because you get to do what you love, and you get to share that experience with other people.

What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
Feedback means everything. We have generally received positive feedback on the album. It is very nice, and it motivates you to deliver more and better music. It is really nice to hear that people enjoy the things we do because we focus so much on only doing things that we feel are right to do – both musically and ethically. Some of the comments have been that we have a very organic and raw sound. That is nice to hear because that sound was just what we aimed for with this album. We’d consider this a bull’s eye and a perfect start of this album cycle.

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-We think by looking at hit songs by other bands, it’s reasonably easy to see a pattern. A song that is relatively accessible and has some kind of catchy hook that makes it stick. But everything is relative. In our genre, it sometimes feels like it could be any song. You just don’t know. It might as well end up being the song you personally like the least. That’s part of the fun of being a creator.

As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-Are you talking about amps? We use digital amps but on the album, we also re-amped them with analog ones. We would say that what you choose is entirely based on your personal preference. With the digital amp (let’s say Fractal Audio’s Axe-Fx) you have a range of possibilities that you might not have with analog amps. Long story short; a digital amplifier is an analog amplifier with an integrated digital to analog converter at its input. In other words, a digital amplifier takes a digital signal, converts it to an analog signal and amplifies it. An analog amplifier only takes an analog signal and then amplifies it. We have always wanted to experiment with our sound, and the digital amp just suited us better. That does not mean that we don’t like analog ones. You use different colors to create art. That is how we work.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-That someone appreciates something that we have created makes us so happy. That we can make some kind of impact on another person’s life, it’s just incredible.

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Lyrics are important to us. We like to put a lot of energy into working out exactly what we want to promote and advocate through our lyrics. We also try to choose our words with care. I don’t think we have any foul language on the entire album, not because we don’t cuss
(believe me, we do), but more because we wanted to try to express our emotions and ideas through heavy music without cursing words. Instead, we want to tell a story and be more persuasive about it than using brute force to hammer in our message.

I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-We wanted an artwork that really could express our idea of the album. We wanted it to make an impact. Even though it’s easier to create your own artwork today and that regular people have access to good tutorial videos (which we think is good), we still believe people either consciously or subconsciously get a specific positive impact by seeing a well-made artwork. The visual part of the entire experience is nothing less than vast, so you must strategize for every detail if you want your work to have an impact on your listeners.

What does the future hold?
-Right now we are already working on our next album and simultaneously rehearsing for upcoming gigs. We are always working, so keep your eyes open because you never know where Limbo will strike next.

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