In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with SISTER SHOTGUN. Answers from Niall.
Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Some extreme amounts of excitement and eagerness it took a while for it to release so we was constantly on edge and itching and finally wanting to release the thing, before that before recording a shit ton of hype and a bit of stress for time trying to get them all right but it was a very emotional ride of subjects we hit in the lyrics so feelings where all over the place whilst constantly being over the moon.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Chloe came up with the name she had it reserved for a while finding a chance to use the name she pitched the idea we all liked that it wasn’t too over complicated it had a gun in the name so we were sold good thing was it hadn’t been used or had too much internet trafficking, the name sister shotgun, means a Shotgun wedding like in Vegas a quick snap up get married and runaway so the name holds a story, there’s millions of names and bands so to find a name that wasn’t used no matter how much meaning or whit behind it is difficult but we dug this name and followed it to the streets
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means the world you start of as a musician sat in your bedroom trying to peice some ideas together to one day taking it to a band then to the stage then recording and doing music videos for them and to have fans come sing those songs right back at you is the most incredible thing. It’s beautiful and it means a lot.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-There’s always been a huge debate in music about image because a lot of bands like to complain or hate upon bands saying it’s only the image that got them anywhere, but every band has an image if you all have long hair to your knees that’s still an image, For is it’s fairly important the music and the art comes first but image for us adds drama and excitement when you see a comic book hero he has his image its strong it powerful its unique to him it distinguishes him from another hero, image helps to be larger then life and stamp out our brand and also a lot like a chocolate bar wrapper just by looking at it you have some sort of idea what it’ll be.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Very important! to sum up your whole album into one piece of art? it can be a challenge, Many have gone for a minimalistic approach maybe just a photo of a shell or a skull or even just a bunch of patterns, but for us it’s a lot more important we love selling physical copies of our albums so we love the artwork it’s important for those physical copies as online it’s a small square on a screen and that’s it we like the art to tell a story itself to set a tone for the album and it’s also a really cool way to express yourself with a unique piece of artwork
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Facebook and YouTube has been very beneficial like you said you need it to exist or to put yourself out there for people to find you, but it does have its downside every band is chasing numbers if its “views likes and follows” its become a thing where people will ignore smaller bands for the lack of likes it’s created some hiarachy and sometimes those likes don’t translate on the streets and on the road these guys with 30k likes and follows and a million views on YouTube can’t pull a crowd at a show, when MySpace was around you had a music player and you couldn’t easily tell if I band was popular or not you just liked a band because you liked their songs the way it should be.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Not always it does have its own community low down in local circuits and high up when you’re in the big leagues because all these bands are friends with this other band etc but depends how you treat it we have our own community and our own world with our fans we haven’t come to make friends but occasionally make some along the way it has give us meaning we love making music and our fans love listening and interacting its a happy little family.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-It’s messy at the moment the scene isn’t clear we don’t have a “nu metal revolution” or a “hair metal reign” or “Grunge movement” like they used to when a scene would blow up on the underground to the point major record labels would notice and would sign up a thousand bands either from the same city or genre Chuck a ton of money into it and make a genre and a scene explode! With the internet now everything is discoverable “sound cloud rap” is the big thing at the moment, with things like Spotify it’s helped bands make money again so it is great to see illegal music downloads at an all time low but the music scene at the moment is a free for all you just gotta weave through the pack.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are very much a touring band these days in the very beginning it was tough to get outside our hometown because of ticket sales not wanting to take a risk on a band that never played that city, but we’ve made enough of a name for ourselves that we are everywhere.
What will the future bring?
-More tours planned more videos and singles more madness and more music