MIKAEL KRATZ

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MIKAEL KRATZ. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you feel that you have built a strong enough following for you to front a band with your own name?
-I guess that is a bit hard to answer. I have played concerts for many years in Denmark where a lot of people are following my things and career – and more important show up when I’m playing.
Last year I was introduced to other regions. Of course it takes time to make an impact 🙂

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-I usually describe it as AOR (soft)/WestCoast music. Some would call it melodic pop/Rock.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?*
-There’s no doubt that the mercian classic west coast music is my is my biggest inspiration and the genre have had a massive influence on me and the way I write music.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The scene in Denmark’s very modern and not west coast orientated. But still there’s a lot of venues (clubs) that pleases the adult audience and often presents music like mine.
The important thing is to have a well grown fanbase in order to sell tickets.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I really don’t think that I’m a part of something bigger or is a part of a movement. You know, for me it’s more like writing songs because I love to, record them and go play them live. I don’t write or produce my songs to please any kind of trends or to secure the best commercial impact. I do what I do because I love to do it. If I decide to produce my music differently it would not be me anyway 🙂

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Haha. Again, I don’t look to please any trends. I like my artwork to tell a little story about myself – it might be hidden, but it’s there. For Live Your Life I wanted to use a nordic theme, so I draw a version of an old Viking symbol that the Vikings used to protect them when they went out to do what they did.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think digital formats are extremely important to let people know the music. Personally I’m not a fan of the digital formats although I use it myself every day. I prefer the physical formats.
Luckily, it seems that tha fans of west coast and AOR are very vinyl and CD orientated.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I think there’s a lot of venues all over the world. But unless you’re a part of the original westcoast scene from the 70’s/80’s we mostly play smaller venues and clubs. And that’s great for me. I love to play smaller venues and the close contact to the audience.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-For me it’s always a party. I don’t like to see myself as a happening. It’s very important for me to play live. I always try to get connected to the audience, so we can join the same party and just have a good time.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-I hope to be able to write more songs I wanna release :). I just got back to the studio after a short break. We are 3/4 done and I’m really excited about the new songs. So on short terms I hope the future will take good care of the upcoming album 🙂
And the of course I hope to go back to Italy to play some more shows and meet all my new great Italian friends.

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