I cannot say that I was the greatest admirer when Korn and Limp Bizkit and those kinds of bands made an appearance on the scene but that was then. This is PROJECT THEORY and this is now. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Naming a band is no mean feat. The name chosen will carry on with the band forever so it has to be something that really feels good and fits perfectly with what the band represents. In our case, naming the band wasn’t that difficult. We all had ideas and pitches and it finally came down to the one we have now. “Project Theory” is a project that tries to explain our theory of the human condition through our songs. It talks about the good and the bad side that all of us have. For us, however, Project Theory means family and friendship and a place where creativity happens.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-We believe that bands like Korn, Linkin Park, Disturbed and Limp Bizkit are the majority of the bands that have laid the foundation for the kind of music that we play today. Of course nothing stays the same over time and it makes perfect sense that this style will evolve, but generally we believe that those were the “founding fathers” of our genre.
Some of our music-heroes are people like Dimebag Darrell from Pantera Head from Korn and Dan Donegan from Disturbed. All of these musicians weren’t afraid of writing something completely new and different and that’s probably the reason for their success.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Well, of course. The way of thinking (both in song-structure and lyrics) when making a fast energetic song is really different from when we make a ballad.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-We compose our music that way so it works great in a live environment and our audience tends to agree. We’ve been actively playing live shows here in Greece for almost 2 years now and we have played in both big stages and small clubs. Each one of those environments have their own pros and cons. However, playing in a big stage is what we believe best suits our music because our live performances are always extremely energetic and we want to transfer that energy to as many people as possible.
Everybody seems to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording. What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-When we create a song that will eventually be on the album we really work hard on it. After that we give it some time so we can kind-of “digest” it in our brains. When we know that that’s it, then we record it. During the recording-mix-mastering process we pay attention to every detail so it can come out the way we all have it in our heads. Therefore, we don’t really think that we would change anything on this record. We have worked on it for almost a year and we believe the outcome speaks for itself.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-It definitely is easier than it was some 10-20 years ago. We have the Internet now which is a huge help for every artist to showcase their work. However, the difficult thing nowadays is to stand out and really bring that “something new” to the table.
What is a great front cover to you? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great front cover must be something that will immediately catch your eye. Also, except from being visually great it must be thought provoking so that it makes you want to listen to its content in order to understand it.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for music in your country?
-Yeah, we believe we are a part of the Greek national scene. However, we are talking about a music scene that’s not really that big (especially in our kind of music). The bands that are similar to our style are limited and there is not that wide of an audience in Greece for our genre. Most of Greek people just listen to traditional-country Greek music. That’s why many Greek bands have chosen the music scene outside of Greece to promote their music.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-Like we said, one of the best ways of promotion nowadays is the Internet. Especially with social media like Facebook and Youtube that let you showcase your work freely.
However, those ways often do not suffice. The best possible way is probably the old-school way, just play your music live to as much ears as possible and make every performance your best.
What does the future hold?
-Well, as far as albums go, we just started composing some new songs that we are really excited about and although we don’t really know when the next album will happen, we know it will be awesome.
Other than that during the next few months we will start the tour of our Album Presentation here in Greece, playing “Something Between Us” in its entirety and during that period we will begin preparations for our tour in multiple countries abroad.