MOTORFINGERS

I didn’t get the band name MOTORFINGERS at all. Luckily it is explained in this interview I did with Abba, vocals. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-The band was born in 2008 from the friendship of the two guitarists, Max and Spezza.
The main goal was writing and playing original songs, no matter which genre, the most important thing was the impact, the mix to create a specific and personal sound.
And here we are with our alternative\modern hard rock.
Through some line-up changes and a lot of gigs we found the time to record 2 Eps: MSC and Brand New Skin, and 2 full length: Black Mirror and Goldfish Motel.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Honestly? It was born before the band!!! Ahahahah The “motorfingers” are the rods of a famous american twin engine, they work in armony to keep the engine perfect.
This name (found from the passion for the american bikes…) suits perfectly the band!
Not a long time ago we discovered another meaning: heavy melody… So, more precise than before!! Ahahahah

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-During the adolescence the bigs of rock, hard rock and heavy metal like AcDc, Guns, Aerosmith, Metallica, Pantera, Faith no More etc… Right now we are focused on the bands closer to our sound like Nickelback, Alterbridge, Creed, Disturbed and much more.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-My thought? CDs and vinyls are for nostalgics! And I’m one of them! I like to see my entire collection but that’s it.
At the beginning we though to sell the next album only with digital support or with usb key. But at the end the old school wins and we decided also for the CDs.
I agree with the popular culture, Mr. Digital is the king!

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-If the people wants only the digital support no problem, we’ll give them that.
If, in the future, they will want back the CDs…same thing.
The problem is for the big names, they make money only with tours and rights, no more with the CDs sales.
Unfortunately it’s not our business!!! Ahahaha

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The band is like a journey and every record is just a picture of “where we are in that moment”.
The artworks are simply the graphic transposition of that thought, just for us.
No message to no one. Too much professors in this “business”.

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-We do both. The social channels are the best way ever to reach a lot of people, in few time and almost with no money. But at the same time we make a lot of phone calls to invite our friends at the gigs and we try to play at every chance.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Locally for sure. And we think is more easier to become “known” internationally than nationally.
In Italy is very very hard. But… we don’t care.
We like to play and make our own music, people enjoy our shows so… that’s it!
Maybe in the future… who knows! Ahahaha

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-As I said before we love to play live but everyone has its own job so, unfortunately the time is not enough to do all the gigs we want.
We are very sorry about that because, for us, play our music live is the best way to reach new fans.

What will the future bring?
-Who knows! We are working hard to reach a result, first of all, for ourselves and then for all the people who loves our music. It is a passion, we need to smile every single time we embrace our instruments.
What we want from the future? Have fun and make fun for the fans.
At the end, thank you very much for your interview, your time and your job!
Rock hugs from the whole band!

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