With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SPACE COKE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-There’s always the difficulty of being an artist where your work never seems finished and then when it is you have moments of doubt. Despite that I am very proud of the album. A lot of creative momentum was picked up in the making of L’appel du Vide and I am enjoying the response to it. The buzz makes working towards the next album come easy.
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?
-Space Coke is from a part of Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie. That scene to me embodies the energy and vibe of Space Coke the band. It’s a movie that spoke to me at an early age. In it Chong is a nasty, loud guitarist always pissing off the neighbors. Watch any scene from it where he plays guitar…that’s me in a nutshell.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-That gives me the energy I need to keep doing what I love doing. It’s so gratifying and fun to make music that other people get excited about. Especially when I’ve been told my whole life that what I do is crazy and a waste of time.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I want fans to see me doing my own thing and feel like they can too. It’s all about freaks having their freedom.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Art work is essential to creating the whole picture and vibe. Different images lead the listener to different places. I’m deeply indebted to Lane Speas at Amplified Design for killing the art and layout on this album. He was great about working with me and revising which is so important. The art is part of the story that the album tells and is just as important as the music in many ways.
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?
-The width of access is great but also overwhelming. I haven’t had a downside from social media. That said I wish I could hire someone to handle all that and let me throw away my phone.
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?*
-Most definitely. Fans are the greatest for being like a family that is excited about your work. Music is one of the only things that makes sense to me so the people that love it are so important to me. Making sound is a pure, transcendent thing that really is the meaning of life for me.
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?
-Its people living lives and trying to relate and find meaning. There will always be positive and negative to everything in our world. I try to just let the positive carry me and learn from mistakes.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?’
-It’s not hard for us to get gigs but it is currently hard for us to travel. Our bassist, Jay Matheson, owns the Jam Room Studio and is busy with that and organizing the Jam Room Music Festival. I am hoping to pick up the touring in 2019. Meeting new fans in new places is the greatest. And it means I get to play more.
What will the future bring?
-I have a lot of stuff I am working on to release this year. So lots of new songs and gigs further from home. This album has my creative mind spinning on the possibilities so fans will get a lot this year.