With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SOMETIMES WE MAKE MUSIC. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Above and beyond! When we first started this we really didn’t have any intentions beyond making songs we liked and releasing them to whoever wanted to listen. After a while we realized we might be on to something and we’ve just taken it one step at a time since.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We’re pretty damn happy with it! And the response has been amazing! There were some things that in hindsight we could do better given the time, money and planning, but we only had about a week in the studio which on top of it all had some technical problems. there was also supposed to be one more song on the album which we didn’t get the time to finish.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-I wouldn’t necessarily say we’ve found that “one” sound, and that’s kind of the point, as we strive to make our music with as many genres and styles crammed in as possible. At the same time I’d like to think we’ve got our own thing going that people can distinctly recognize as us, so yeah…
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-It’s actually very important! We always want the songs to be able to give you more the closer you look. Some of the songs have hidden messages. But we can’t always be serious (hence the name), so there are songs that just are about drinking.. a lot..
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Never really put much thought into it beyond the fact that it’s kinda just the way things are, you make an album, you get a kickass cover to go along with it. As well as the people that still prefer their music on CD’s or vinyl, the artwork doubles as merch designs, as well as promo, and it helps a lot to have something memorable.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Sucsess for us would be to play on a big festival whilst someone joins us for a chorus. That would be peak performance right there. I think you have to be lucky to get noticed among all the brilliantly talented musicians we have nowdays! Luckily, being from Norway a lot of people from around the world seeks out new bands from these parts, Norwegian have a good track record with this kind of stuff.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
Please get back to us if you find the answer to this.
Well first thing is to make music which is actually memorable and that stands out in some way to everything else, which is easier said than done these days. Related to that it’s important to have fun with what you’re doing, and I feel to many people set restrictions on themselves when making songs, like not putting things like accordion on their metal song because “it doesn’t fit the genre”. It really shows if you made something you genuinely had a great time making.
Also, every song should have accordion all the time.
Two more elements that are important are marketing, get that music out wherever there are potential listeners, from music platforms to social media, dating sites to chatroulette, festivals and shows to your local bars, the world is your billboard.
Lastly there’s simply luck. A lot of our achievements we made simply by being at the right place at the right time, and knowing the right people who knows the righter people.
But mostly it’s the accordion.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-The local scene is awesome! We have a small rock club that houses a lot of local bands, but also national treasures like Kvelertak, Turboneger, Skambank and so on! And it’s very important for bands to get used to playing live, and sharpen their live performance. Without the small clubs, one does not usually have the experience to do bigger gigs/festivals
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Finland is still way ahead of Norway in that sense, but people here are generally accepting of rock/metal and the people that listen to it. Can’t really remember the last time I met somebody that was shocked and horrified about the music we listen to. Even my grandmother noted once that a lot of metal is basically just the newer version of classical
What does the future hold for you?
-More albums, more touring and we’ll take it from there!