I worked when REECE played my home town but apparently they rocked like there was no tomorrow. I’ll have to settle for this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-Hello and nice to speak with you and your readers! At first in my career I started out as a club singer doing cover songs night after night and my fantasy of course was to become famous and tour the world. When I got the Accept vocal job I had the range and power but lacked identity as a vocalist because doing covers your expected to sound like each singer. Over the years writing my own songs you begin to develop a sense of identity and feel for what’s truly inside you and what your voice needs to Come across in a convincing matter.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
-In the old days it was New York or Los Angeles I tried both but wasn’t successful in those areas very much? I actually found my first break in Germany. Also these days with internet you can reach everyone around the world in seconds and it’s not important where you are.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-Hmm? It’s a number of things actually, your first real tours you begin to learn how it works how to protect your voice etcetera. I’m actually the leader of my group so there’s day in day out work such as bookings, logistics booking rooms collecting fees and trying to understand each members needs. I love traveling and meeting people from around the world. I live for the stage and music.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-This album truly is an expression of myself as a singer I’ve grown tired of being someone else’s hired singer I’m more in control of decisions that need to be made day to day. The response has been incredible.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-Yes, I’ve done many albums and you get a sense of each song if it’s got that certain thing while recording. Actually sometimes I know after listening back if it’s has that thing? On Resilient Heart I thoroughly enjoyed recording each track I knew it was some of my best work! Everything fell into place the songs, the band and even the artwork.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-Well digital of course is the new normal it’s convenient but it’s also done harm to music as it’s very easy to record an album at home.I prefer driving to the studio getting into the studio vibe. I do however prefer analog as it’s got a real warm sound less hiss and more organic sounding.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs
-It’s amazing! It means I suppose I touched a nerve with the people it’s a great feeling of accomplishment.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-I never like writing cliche lyrics about baby baby whoa whoa? I prefer to tell stories about what I’m feeling about life’s situations it’s a kind of way to express myself?
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-I love covers too and Resilient Heart I really spent time focusing on an eye catching image. With today’s environment people seem to have overlooked the importance of the art itself but for me I’ll continue trying to create visually as well as sonically.
What does the future hold?
-We are currently touring Europe in support of Resilient Heart and I’m writing a new album in follow up to it. I hope to be blessed to continue on this journey of music for years to come!