phantom 5As I am absolutely new to PHANTOM 5 I had Claus Lessmann answer some questions for me to get to know the band a bit better. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Well I think, the main purpose was to create a fine little piece of melodic rock. That was the basic idea behind the whole thing and we have had a lot of fun during the entire songwriting and recording process.

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 is always hard to create a sound that you can call your own. I think if you think too much about this you won’t succeed. According to my opinion it just happens or it does not happen. The influences and the roots of everybody in Phantom5 were the natural input to the creative process and formed the sound of our songs we wrote.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Well, sometime it is hard and sometimes it is not. In the case of Phantom 5 it was astonishing easy. Everything came so naturally, just like it was only waiting for us to be recorded. The chemistry, especially between Michael and me, is just fantastic. And Robby – what a fantasic guitarplayer – gave us some awesome riffs to play around and create some really nice songs. What we really tried to achieve was mainly to capture the moment and ban it on tape.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-Of course it is always risky, if you release unfinished songs, but we did not do that. On the other hand I must say, that if the feeling of the song is right, there is never a risk. It would only be a different stage of production and in the end the people will decide if they like it or not.

I for one feel that the change of 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 recorded music?
-I wish I could tell. But I think, in the end everthing will turn out to be good. As long as people want to listen to music, there will always be artists to feed their hunger. So I think we don’t have to be afraid of anything, especially about new developments concerning the internet.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We are very suprised about the overwhelming positive reactions concerning our album. It is very exciting to watch what is going on with Phantom 5 and we really like the feeling that a lot of people seem to like the songs we wrote. We did not write the songs only for ourselves, but primarily for the people out there, who are into melodic rock.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-I don’t really know. It is always better to play in a team, than walking alone. And that is what we are …a Rock’nRoll Team

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Definitely yes. That is the most important reason for playing music….to share the moment together. If I would only work in the studio, I would not be satisfied. And the more you play, the chances will get higher for being successful.

What plans do you have for the future?
Staying healthy and go out and rock
Again I must say, that I am waiting for some more surpises
I am ready…so let them happen!

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