When my good friend Anette told me she was listening to MASSIVE it struck a chord with me. Where had I heard that name before? Then it dawned on me that I had interviewed them. Fortunately their music is way better than my memory. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-We didn’t really think about it to be honest. It’s a name. If ACDC were never a band and you googled it today you would get a whole bunch of electricians websites. We came up with Massive and it stuck.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We are 4 Aussie rock n rollers who drink beer and play loud rock n roll. We’re the guys who would travel a thousand miles for a gig. This is all we do and we Fucken love it.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Every band is different, and every song you write comes out differently. All of us come up with ideas and we grind them out until we’re happy with it. Some songs take 20 minutes, others take 2 years.
When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Nah, it feels like you’re hanging out with your mates doing something you enjoy. A lot of big bands even say they never realised when they became famous, some still don’t see themselves as having made it. From the outside its a lot different because you start seeing a band everywhere and it’s exciting but when you’re in that band, you have been gigging and touring for so long you never see the band from the outside. It’s just your day to day life.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-For us it is, we don’t dress up though. We wear black and leather and denim when we’re sitting around the house. The graphic side of things: KISS, ACDC, Metallica, your logo is part of who the band is, it shouldn’t change every album.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-You write with your experiences in life. This album we have just finished was written while living on the road. The songs were written everywhere from tiny towns in the outback of Australia to freezing cold hostels Scandinavia. And that’s the theme of this album: our dedication to go wherever we have to do have our music heard.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I think it’s relevant. Digital hasn’t killed the album, it’s reinvented it. Bands can’t get away with writing filler songs anymore because the customer just won’t buy it. The whole world has gotten smaller meaning of you’re not the absolute best in the world then you won’t get heard. That can’t be a bad thing for the casual music fan. I firmly believe bands shouldn’t waste their time with EPs or singles. The album is special. It’s a story from start to finish and people cherish that more than a 5 track EP. So for bands out there don’t be slack, write 12 good songs and spend the time and money to make it great.
Where will the future of format end – will vinyl always be the ultimate format?
-One day later this century they will invent an app on their “super” smart iPhone 50x series that will be able to play the music you want just by using your thoughts. No body can pick the future, it’s just important that people still have methods of getting their music. At least for the short term future people want to feel like they get something when they spend their money which is why vinyl will stay around and continue to be strong.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We tour as much as possible, our last tour alone we drove 22,000kms in a van. If we had driven that in a straight line it’s the equivalent of driving more than half way around the world. We have been fortunate to support some big names and play some very big crowds, but the reality is, we just enjoy playing, we will rock out the same to 1 person or to 5000 people
What lies in the future?
-April 22 our brand new album “Destination Somewhere” is released. From there for the next 2 years of our lives we tour. Non stop .