ROULETTE

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ROULETTE. Amswered byThomas Lundgren/Lead vocals. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The main purpose was to write good songs and to play live, and then try to get a record deal to quit our boring day jobs.

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?
-We have always listened to all sorts of music, not just hard rock. We believe that has helped us create a sound that’s all our own. Since 2015 when we started working with our current producer Chris Rehn, we believe we have truly evolved our sound into something unique.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-We usually start with a guitar riff, then we make a melody. The hardest part is to get all the pieces to fit together, verse, bridge and chorus etc. And of course, writing lyrics is never easy. But with this album, we feel like it’s never been easier.

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?
-To be able to create our sound, we feel like a real studio is necessary. Even though there is pretty decent home studios nowadays, it just doesn’t suit our style.
When this band started off, it was all about creating an entire album. We realize that in this day and age it’s more profitable to release singles thanks to streaming services such as Spotify. But we find more joy in creating and releasing an album, and our fans still like the physical copy of CD’s and Vinyl.

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?
-The perks of how music is distributed today is that spreading the music and reaching out to fans has never been easier. The downside is that the artists doesn’t make nearly as much money as they used to.
Music will never die, but for bands to be able to make a living from their music, the importance of touring and playing live is greater than ever. And that of course is good for the fans.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-The most common feedback is that we have good songs with strong choruses, and that we’re a great live act. I’ve heard that I have a special and recognizable voice, and we always receive praises for our vocal harmonies.

‘We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Back in 2008, AOR-FM contacted us offering us a record deal. Apparently our old demo-songs from the 80’s had been spread around the world through streaming services online. AOR-FM wanted to release the demos as an album. The album sold out in under 2 months. That became a sort of confirmation that we still
had fans around the world.

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?
-Our music and playing in a band has of course helped us meet friends and musicians that we would have otherwise never been able to meet. We have had so many incredible experiences playing and creating our music that has helped shape who we are today.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-These past few years we have mostly played in Sweden. Now that the new album is released we of course want to play our songs live to people from all around the world.

What plans do you have for the future?
-As I said in the beginning, write good songs, play live and to quit our boring day jobs.

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