With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MOLOKEN. Answered by Jakob Burstedt.Anders Ekdahl ©2020
-Whether it was hard or not to come up with the name, I do not know. Kristoffer came up with the band name, and it means, loosely translate, “disheartened” or “depressed”. In that sense, it represents several elements of our music; inner struggles and experiences.
BEING IN A BASND
-This was over 25 years ago, so the memory might not be accurate, but I think I wanted to join a band (playing drums) because I thought their current drummer wasn’t doing a good job, and foolishly I thought I could do better. At that time I barely had touched a drumkit before (I started playing bass and guitar before drums), and had only a vague idea of how to work around the bassdrum haha! Over the years the reason to be in a band has crystallized, off-course, towards something more endearing and meaningful to myself, such as being able to create music and sounds with likeminded that you think you haven’t heard before in a specific way.
CREATION OF MUSIC
-If you are referring to our current state of creating music, then I’d say at least myself look at structures, patterns and sounds working with or against each other in music. As a teen you tend to be more anal about your influences and genre-thinking. Nowadays interesting vibes can come from lots of different origins. Stravinsky is a composer that’s been with me since my formative years, I’d say, and alongside him there’s been Messiaen, Varèse, Penderecki, and especially Ligeti. I really dig their compositional approach, how themes might not even be centered or how instruments are used in unusual ways. Besides contemporary classical music, I’d say King Crimson has been a major influence, and still is. From all of this, I have my own attempts of making interesting, thought-provoking and hopefully, unique music.
BEING PART OF A SCENE
-I don’t know if I feel that I’m part of any sort of movement, but as a musician I can relate to others in the craft, and what they sometimes have to go through.
-Although I can appreciate some acts that do this sort of thing, myself I’m not into theatrics or care much about appearance, just as long as We don’t look like friggin Donald Duck on a cover. The graphic side though has to correlate with our musical ideas in some sense, and from that point of view, it is off-course important to the band.
LYRICS V/S MESSAGE
-yrical influences come differently to us in the band. Some take inspiration directly from personal experience, others get it from a thought-provoking text in some form, and sometimes it’s just weird ideas flowing around in your head.
-I’m not an expert in this whole mess, but I’d speculate that, given nowadays how often singles can be more promoted than the actual album release in several music genres and sometimes artists stick to just produce singles or EPs for a long time, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to claim that the album concept has diminished. I don’t know if the digital progress is really “killing it” though.
THE FUTURE OF FORMAT
-I think both will continue to exist alongside each other for a foreseeable future. There will always be listeners who want the physical format and vice versa.
-Straight after our first album release we did tours, and have been for every album, and we agreed early on in our progress that we elevate in live performance, rather than just being a studio band, so in that sense I’d say touring is an integral part of Moloken, although we haven’t been able to tour as much as we want in the past due to mundane reasons. Seeing us live can be a powerful experience. There’s an element to our music that come to life on stage.
-Hopefully to tour for our new album, given the whole crisis at the moment, and to write new material that will further our visions of the music.