POWERMAN 5000 is a band that I didn’t care too much for back in the day but I am no worse than I can change. Answers from Spider. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Every record feels like the first. Obviously there are always a certain amount of people that follow what you are doing but these days there is so much out there, so many distractions it is a challenge. We always look at it as if we are starting from scratch.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-I think always wrestle with not retreading the same territory stylistically but also having a core that feels centered in what Powerman is. I feel like the aesthetic that I try to keep is authenticity. That’s comes from my punk rock upbringing. Ha. It’s always has to feel true and authentic!
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-Good question! I hardly ever just sit down and try and write lyrics. More likely they find me. A phrase or even a word will start the flow or a piece of music can trigger the same thing. Writing lyrics is kind of like painting. Hi just feel when you are using the correct words to convey an idea. Just like you instinctively know the right color and brush stoke. Sometimes it comes easy and sometime not but I do love the process of figuring it out.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-I agree. Album art was always a big thing to me but I have had to change my approach. The images people see are getting smaller. From vinyl to CDs to looking at a one inch square on Spotify. Now I try to design images that are powerful but recognizable on a small scale.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-Always. Most people will never have any idea who you really are or take the time to get past a preconceived idea. We don’t live in a world that embraces subtlety so most meaning gets lost.
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?
-Music has lost value because it’s all too easy now. We instinctively value things that take effort. That is gone. I hate to talk about how it used to be but yes before just buying music took effort. Getting to the store, finding what you wanted (if they even had it), actually paying for it, opening it etc etc. Now press a button, done. The convenience factor is amazing but it has its down side.
Back in the day you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-Music will never die. The biggest detriment to new music being immediately available everywhere is the death of the local sound. Now bands can copy a sound or style right away so it leads to everyone sounding the same. There used to be an organic growth of style that would develop in different regions of the country that would take years to be discovered. It created true diversity.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-We still do a lot of our own head lining tours but it helps to have a package tour or play festivals.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-I am a fan of great production so I would definitely come up with something crazy but the band should never get lost amidst the tricks. You never want to lose that connection.
What does the future hold?
-The future is unwritten!