NEW AGE is a band that I feel that I should know of but I don’t. But it is never to late. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-No it wasn’t hard to come up with the name. When the band was formed we felt that the name New Age it was a time for a new era in music.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
– Early Roxy Music, David Bowie & the spiders from mars, early the clash. Small influences in relation to our guitar and bass riffs.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No it’s all the same to us whether it is slow or fast.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
– Works the same in a live environment as does the studio as our sound does not really change.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-We believe it is very important for our label to back us up that way we can fully concentrate on our music and they take care of tours etc. At this stage of our career I dont think so.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Theres defintely positives to it as people listen to our sound therefore we get more crowds to our gigs.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-There’s all different reasons for covers and the cover of our latest album has an industrial look. It can also depend on the genre of music and the influences of the bands as to what they incorporate to reflect in the cover.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Yes we do. The climate for metal in Australia is healthy.

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?
-Our main concern that there will come a day that no one will buy music as it will all be pirated hence there will be no work for bands and they will not recieve financials.

What lies in the future?
-We will be going back into the studio soon to record our next album and more overseas touring.

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