In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with ONE MORE WEEKEND. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it
– To create music that we truly loved to play… and to pick up chicks. LOL
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
– It’s not that hard at all actually. We all have different musical backgrounds, we all bring together separate genres that created our individuality from the beginning. I’m kind of Rock and pop, Tim’s heavy rock, Paul is metal and Leith just likes whatever Leith likes.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
– To record and release new songs isn’t that difficult to do in itself but it is very expensive and time consuming to market the finished product. That’s really the hardest bit I believe. You don’t just have to be a good musician these days, you have to be the salesman and the marketer and everything else that comes along with pursuing music as your career. Thats where the difficulty really sits.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
– Thats a great question and there’s pros and cons in both. I don’t think that you kill anything by doing what’s best for your art. I do think people get caught up in following trends though. We released an album because we wanted to and I feel we did the right thing at the time. We feel our album flows with the subject of communication being the constant thread. Yes it’s been said that releasing single’s one after the other is a way to be continually noticed and in todays market that is certainly a strategy, but it shouldn’t put an artist off doing an album, or an EP or double LP should that be what the art requires. There’s no hard and fast rule, release a ton of singles if that’s what you feel you need to do to get heard.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
– I hear you, and look it can certainly feel like that’s the way it’s heading. I do feel that there has been a troublesome and noticeable drop in acceptable quality by music listeners in general (MP3’s and average home recordings), and there has been a sizable increase in qty of artists trying to get heard out there. In saying that, the increase in artists is why I think that music will never die. People don’t only write and record music to be superstars or make lots of money, which is practically impossible in this day and age (though I’m sure that would be an ideal wish for most). Some enjoy it for the purest fact that there is nothing else they would rather be doing, I know that in my case, writing, recording and performing music is a part of my soul.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
– Feedback from our live performances are pretty top notch, we try and make an experience out of it, get everyone truly involved and be part of the show. We believe that our live audience should be more part of a show and less “just a viewer.” From the album itself, I would have to say what sparked the most attention was our very first music video “Boxheads”. This actually went so well on social media organically, that the paid comparison didn’t even reach a quarter of what we thought it would.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far
limits you quite drastically if you don’t pay money. General day to day reach on these programs is severely localised. To reach the rest of the world, you have to spend a lot of money, just as you would to get on radio or big shows back in the day. If I’m honest not much has changed, it’s just kind of swung and become a different “paying process”. To get any kind of reaction from a label these days, you have to spend a labels worth of a marketing budget on PR just to get noticed. It’s catch 22, in our case we’ve come across a lot of people and companies saying they’d do big things but for hefty fees. The most surprising and nice thing though is our label Sliptrick, who actually followed through and offered a deal we both agreed upon.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
– There is definitely a community of sorts but there is certainly rules within said community. I think it has brought many things, our music has brought us tours, epic shows, shit shows, wild nights, quiet nights, best friends, worst enemies, truth, honesty, lies, the end of your small dreams but the beginning of your largest, sounds that make you feel, sounds that make you cringe, many new experiences that are just far to many to mention.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
– We once did 100 shows in a year, each with over 100,000 people in the crowd… I’m joking hahaha.
Seriously though, we play many many shows and every show is different, but one thing is proven. If you advertise and promote gigs effectively and well in advance, the floor will have more people than if you don’t. i get that sounds obvious but it’s seriously amazing how many bands put an ad on facebook and leave it at that. You have to promote the hell out of your shows to get people in. It’s definitely a different era though. With people having access to so many different platforms such as facebook live, streaming, online video, its no wonder some venues are struggling to survive, People don’t “go out” like they used to. It feels like it’s only a matter of time before we won’t have any venues for people starting out and you just pay for a gig on your black mirror.
What plans do you have for the future?
– Big big plans, utter world domination lol, the sooner people start using One More Weekend as household talk, the better ! We have a 10 year plan and at the moment short term its, release our next video in support of the album which we are filming now. An east coast tour of Australia in support of that, then into the studio to record the next album at the end of the year. Throughout all that it’s just trying to build our audience then next year touring overseas. There is no small dream with us, why would we dream small? I simply don’t believe in it. If we’re going to do something we’re going to give it our all. Baby steps get you up the hill, avalanches will snow you under, but if you go under seven times then get back up eight.