STATIC TENSION

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to STATIC TENSION . Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band was an outlet for Greg’s musical endeavors, it kind of evolved from older personal projects of his and matured to became this thing after he brought Rob, Tony and Ritchie, their previous bassist, on board.

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 would say that having a sound that is all ours is really just part of the magic of taking all of our influences and seeing what comes of it when you put them together. Each of us brings our own repertoire to the pot and the unique blend that comes out of it is kind of natural.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-We practice and record in Greg’s home studio in his basement, so it’s actually relatively easy to get new ideas committed to record somewhere. Once we have an idea we can each pretty easily work on our own parts for it, and once we’re happy with it we record it right in our practice space.

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?
-With us I don’t think it’s an issue, we’ve built up to our latest album while putting out covers to meet the demand for constant output. If you are willing to keep your eggs in multiple baskets, I don’t think it’s too hard to stay engaged with fans while simultaneously working on bigger projects.

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?
-We definitely feel the impact of free music services, but there’s still fans out there that understand the struggle and are willing to support the band any way they can. Be it purchasing physical copies of our music, merchandise, or tickets.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We have a group of great fans who are really responding to our original stuff. One of the ways we really are getting a lot of people to take a look at us is to put out cover videos that kind of explore various influences and musical interests we have. I think it shows people that we have a really varied background, and they respond to that.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-For me the one that cinched it was while we were preparing to ship our album preorders. We sent one to Japan, a few to the UK and Europe, and one to South America. I never imagined a band like ours could gain some notice overseas without being on a major label and promoted to hell and back. It’s surreal.

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?
-It definitely does, several in fact. I am part of a community of artists, as well as fans. Everybody you interact with has a passion for music.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-I’ll have to find out when I get there, I joined the band in the middle of the recording process so I’m a bit out of the scene. I feel like it’s probably one of the best ways to build a following though. People who go out to see shows are the type who are more likely to actually be active fans, and that’s really important for a band. Going on stage with similar acts is great for finding people who are more likely to jive with what you’re playing.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Personally I’m looking forward to getting out in front of people and really establishing myself with the band. I’m excited to be playing songs I helped write and record, and looking forward to having even more input on the next album.
As a band we’re just looking to increase our reach and fan-base. We’d love to be able to expand our reach when it comes to playing live as well.

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