STARSOUP is a band that we’ve seen here before but with a something new to talk about an interview with Alexey was not turned down. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-I wanted to create a project where different musicians (not connected to each other) would collaborate on the songs I write or produce. I think both of our albums are a nice illustration of this principle.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I wouldn’t say it’s hard. Everybody uses the instrument he likes, and our sound engineer takes care of the overall mix. I think it’s the set of instruments we use (acoustic guitar, heavy guitar, grand piano) and my voice that makes it “our sound”.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s easy to record nowadays – almost everything can be recorded in home studios (besides the drums), mixing and mastering is done remotely. So it’s a question of melody and arrangement – and, more importantly, a question of promotion – how you make your song known to your listener.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-That’s what’s been on my mind lately. I’m thinking on switching to singles – and videos – cause the albums are so costly and go by unnoticed. But you can’t become a real band if you don’t have at least a few albums out. But I also want to stay atop (or at least come by every now and then)!

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-There’s some change in the air. I feel that the musicians of the future will somehow get real money for their work – throughout blockchain streaming or whatever. We only need to starve for a few decades to get there.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-It’s the covers. Some rock (and pop) songs have become a real classic, and we’ll record a few to get more attention. As my experience with other bands shows, you have to cover classic stuff like Metallica or Michael Jackson or Depeche Mode to get views and get known. As for our own songs, we had quite a lot of nice reviews for our first album, Bazaar of Wonders – and on our first video, Rumors of Better Life.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Yeah, you can just write to your hero on Facebook and he might even answer your question, it’s really nice. For the musicians that took part in Castles of Sand the strangest thing was that often they didn’t know each other (and still don’t), yet collaborated on the same song! For me, it’s Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon and Star One who did answer to my email.

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Yeah. For me it’s the feeling of creation of something that other people enjoy – both when listening to the CD or coming to a show. You connect with the fans and listeners, whom otherwise you wouldn’t meet in a thousand years! It’s something unique to authors/artists/musicians.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-My shows with Garage Dayz (Metallica S&M tribute) are really big – much bigger than my own bands can draw attention to. Honestly, I have no idea, as it’s very complex and all kinds of things happen – a sold out show in a small town, an empty hall in a megapolis – or vice versa. You never know. So I can’t say it helps. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Singles. Videos. Gigs. Merch. Online promo. We’ll try a bit of everything. Thanks for asking 🙂

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