TED POLEY

I knew of TED POLEY even back in the 80s but I wasn’t that much of a fan of DANGER DANGER. But with age I’ve come to realize that some of the hair bands wasn’t too shabby. So it was with some trepidation that I interviewed him. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you use your name as the name of the band does that bring with it a greater pressure on you to perform well?
-Not really. There’s ALWAYS alot of pressure to perform well so it doesnt matter. if you are watching me onstage you can rest assured that i am trying my best.

You got a history that is quite splendid. When you first started did you ever expect that people would still be interested in your stuff this many years later?
-It was my dream but no I didn’t really think that it would work out. Dreams rarely do. But that doesn’t mean that you should stop dreaming. There are still a few things that i would like to achieve so I am still dreaming too. haha.

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?
-Sometimes i hear a song or a part of a song and something takes over and I feel i have no choice,,i HAVE to sing that song. Then I make that happen. For my new record i picked or changed or approved ALL of the parts and nothing ended up on the album that i didnt like.

When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Well i am aware that there are alot of people out there who pay attention to what i do, so i have to be careful about what i do and try to keep everything of as high quality as possible.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-These days i just dress like me, my image is my own, I don’t try to look like anyone else. I feel that the music is the most important thing these days, you don’t have to look like everyone else but you do have to stand out with your music.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-I didn’t write alot of lyrics for the new album, they were penned by Tom and James Martin from Vega, as well as other songwriters but I hand picked and co-arranged the songs as well as co produced them with the ultra talented Alessandro DelVeccio

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-No, digital music sounds like shit, Mp3s suck. If I like something that I buy from itunes then I always buy an actual cd, it sounds 10x better.
I like to hear at least 9 or 10 new songs from an artist but if they want to release just a single that’s cool too. I certainly wouldn’t want to buy a whole album to get just 2 good songs and 8 fillers so if they feel that they have one good song then I am fine paying for just one song.

Where will the future of the format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I don’t know.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-I tour and record all year and have been doing so for 35 years. if you want to know what i am like live then come to a show.

What lies in the future?
More of the same i hope. I have a lot of shows booked, both solo and with Danger Danger, and I am working on 3 new studio project, none of which i can elaborate on at this point.

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