With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MARC DUKREE . Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-I’ve been writing music on my own since I was a teenager, it was a natural progression to eventually put something out. I’ve formed and played in many different bands over the years, but the common thread of my songwriting has stayed on a pretty straight path as it developed over time. At this point in my life I find it easier to just write and release it on my own.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It can be tricky. I know people who write music without any outside influence, who don’t even listen to anything other than what they’re working on. That’s not how I operate, I live and breathe music on a daily basis. So it’s natural that some of my influences will evidently seep into the songs I write. Thankfully though, a lot of my favourite artists and bands are vastly different in sound and style so the songs I write tend to be quite diverse. And of course I always try to put my own spin on things anyway, I don’t want to sound exactly like someone else.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Luckily the technology we have today makes it easier. I’ll lay down an idea on my computer, and develop it from there. This process may take days, weeks, or months – but I don’t ever put a time limit on things. I like to let them work themselves out naturally without force.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-This is how I recorded and released my latest album, and I’m happy about it because I saved a lot of money in the process. I released a single song well in advance of the album coming out, and that helped build the hype a bit. But yes I agree, the attention span of people these days when it comes to music is quite short. But I’m also not overly concerned with coming out on top, so I guess it depends on the individual band or artists personal goals.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I wish I had an answer for this, but I don’t even dare theorize. I’m just content to be able to release music on my own terms nowadays.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-So far the response to the album has been great, a lot of positive response. People seem to be enjoying the diverse collection of songs and styles on it.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I’ve been invited to sing on various projects from around the world because of my YouTube covers, which is really cool. Bands from Argentina, Macedonia, and Finland. I’d love to do more of that.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I’ve played in a few different bands and toured a bit, and yes I do enjoy it. It can be a lot of work, but can also be very rewarding at times.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-I live in a small town in southern Nova Scotia, so there’s not a huge scene here but there is a decent one in Halifax, our nearest city. They have a good appreciation for live music there, so yes I’d say it helps build a larger following. The current band I play in has played in the city many times over the years, and our following has only gotten bigger the more we play.
What plans do you have for the future?
-I’ll always continue to pursue music in as many forms as I can. I’ll be doing more heavy stuff in the future, but I think the next solo release will be an acoustic project of some sort. I also play in an indie rock band that is relatively active, so that takes up a bit of my time.