What an odd name SPRAGUE DAWLEY is. It is hard to fit on your tongue. Thankfully the music is easier to get. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
– We have been working in the shadows for the past few years during the changes in the line-up, so we don´t think the anticipation is the right word for it. Maybe for the people who have been following our progress, anticipation is still a little overstatement. But we have a very strong feeling that with this album we will break into bigger consciousness.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-We don´t think that there has to be a continuity between albums, if they don´t carry continuing numbering/or if the second album is not labelled as sequel. Some sort of refreshing is important to the bands evolvment, and to keep things interesting for band itself and for the audience.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
– No. It was easy. Hours of practising made it pretty easy and everything was clear when we entered the studio.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-As someone once said, music comes first, lyrics come second. There is some point in that. I think that if there´s any lack in lyrics or in song as a composing, the track can´t be but a potential piece of art. And I personally feel that in the end, it does not considerably matter what you write or sing about. Only thing that really matters is how people as individuals understand your lyrics. And I think you can call yourself successful writer, if some-one can get some help out of your
lyrics. To have the strength to carry on.
Topics are what they are. Things that you have to deal with in the real life. Love, death, hate, sorrow.. I don´t think I have ever written a real up-beat song with cheerful lyrics, even when joy has a bigger role in our lives than we think. We just forget that time to time. I guess it´s a heritage from being a Finn. -Janne-
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art?
-Very important. It brings the wholeness to the album. The missing piece. We think it has to be in line with the music. It gives the album certain kind of unity. Actually, album art for Missing Piece was mainly designed by our singer/songwriter Janne.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-In some ways label would be good. Takes the pressure out from the band. But at the same time, I personally am ´bit against of how major labels think they know what the band or audience wants. You can sell anything with right amount of money or share of marketing. Except
feelings and pureness. But if label works hand-to-hand with the band then sure. If band grows too big, you cant keep all the strings on your hands. And nowadays the situation with new music is ´bit messy.
Good thing is, that new music is being published all the time and it is becoming easier all the time. Bad thing is, that in some point there´s not enough ears to hear it. And underground, there´s hell of a
lot more potential than in some of current mainstream bands/artists. Sometimes they are found. And then the shit hits the fan.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
– Do you need to sell mega platinum? Downloading is becoming new mega platinum I guess. And its a shame that charts are filled with the same bands and artist that sell most of the records. Main thing is that bands get their music out there, and after that you see the outcome at the shows, in the amount of tickets sold. And today we think radio is in a big role in introducing new music and new bands for the audience.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in If or not you will make it big internationally?
-We don´t think it matters. Good music is good music. In music it is easier to break with good music than bucket filled with sh*t.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Well, CD format is dying if not dead already. Music will never die. I could tell you how music as an idea was born but everyone knows it. First to sing(or even something close) was a caveman thousands of years a go. So music can never die. It just changes the form. But modern music as we know it could eventually die, or its distribution could come to an end with the internet collapsing. But that is If. Or When?
What does the future hold for you?
– We hope touring. And that we could live with music. Only with music.