With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SONGS FROM BLACK SPIRIT. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-It wasn’t hard. The title was born spontaneously, and I was surprised that the first letters match my other band’s title SBS (Spicy bites of scandal). Coincidence?
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-Girls love vocalists the most, right? And if seriously – I always like to be ahead and as the icebreaker I create paths to those who follow me.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-When I sit down to write a new song, usually I barely know what it will be like. In the beginning, a vocal melody is born and haunts me like a mosquito for a long time. And then come the lyrics – suddenly I hear them in my head. I write very easily in the cemetery, there is some kind of atmosphere that inspires me there. Most of my texts are created in cemeteries.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-When I stand on stage, the most important thing for me is to connect with the listeners. What is happening outside the arena’s walls at that time is not interesting to me.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-This is very important because through photos, logos and other promotional items we can convey to the listeners what we want, how we feel.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Very important. I can’t imagine music without lyrics. I am inspired by the line between black and white, real-life and magic… I studied German at school and university. When I realized that music was the most important part of my life I started learning English. And I dropped a lot of groups out of my playlist because they played well but sang blah blah blah dull lyrics.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-There is a great deal of truth in that. It’s always much more enjoyable for me to hold a physical product – CD or vinyl – in my hands because, as I mentioned, what you see visually helps you understand what the creator wanted to say.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-It’s hard to predict. All I know is that the music industry is going back to records and their popularity is growing once again. True music lovers-fans and collectors like me will always choose CD or vinyl.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-This is what I think. When after a gig you get off the stage soaking, and hear the public shouting “we want more!!!” then you realize you’re alive.
What lies in the future?
_Presentation of my new solo album SONGS FROM BLACK SPIRIT “I am Who I am”. Shooting video clips, concerts, meetings with fans. And a new album that I’ve already started composing. The ideas that are haunting me for some time already. Glory. Death. Love. Treason. Sweat. Blood. And eternal battle. They are the Templar Knights…
In Rock We Trust!!!
Stay heavy and healthy!!!