SHODAN

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SHODAN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Hello there, the purpose of the band was to create the music that we – me and Michał, another co-founder of Shodan, wanted to listen. It was the need and desire to let out those sounds.

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?
-I don’t find it hard at all. We are the guys who know what we like, all 3 of us have distinctive style of playing and arrangement. The sound of Shodan comes directly from beneath our fingers and minds.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It is always a lot of work and we take our preparation for recording very seriously. We take a lot of time perfecting the compositions and riffs and arranging it in the spectrum. I find it very difficult but I think it is because we set up the bar very high for ourselves.

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?
-I don’t know. I heard that theory on Ola Englund’s channel once. I personally put much more interest in the band that releases new music in albums rather than a singles just because they calculated it will reach a larger audience. I prefer to follow someone’s heart more than a business plan.

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?
-Why killing? I don’t get it. All these people who whine over the sales of physical discs are professional musicians who create music to make it for living. I earn my money on my professional career of being software developer and I create music because I am in need of creating it. What I think is getting music for free and deliver it to the audience for free is a great privilege because you can gather a lot of people around your table and say: “hey, look, I made it, I worked on this really hard and I did it the best I could, enjoy”. The respect and trust comes back to you very quickly. If someone wants to support the band- will come to a gig, buy some merch, a CD, a Vinyl, will help you pack your shit back to the van or whatever, but you cannot force the audience to pay the money for something they don’t know.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-It is not everyone’s cup of tea. No surprise here- everyone’s got own taste in music. The reaction are mixed some of the listeners are delighted, some of them do not enjoy it as others. What I am happy about is that no one has ever told that listeining Death, Rule Over Us or other our efforts is complete waste of time- everyone has own opinion on this.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Well, some guys from China, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and few well-known guys in the metal scene reached us to get our albums. It’s so cool.

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?
-Well, of course. When you do the gigs you meet a lot of people doing the very same thing you do, with same interest in the same music. You support each other buying merch, sharing each other’s songs on social media. That’s how community starts I guess. I made a lot of friends doing Shodan gigs.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-That’s the main point why we do this. The gigs are esssential activity of playing music.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Promoting the new album, doing another one, keeping our asses safe from COVID-19 and kicking yours.

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