In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with THE ELECTRIC MUD. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Hey guys! I’m Constantine, one of the guitar players, and I’ll be answering your questions today thanks so much for taking time out for an interview.
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-I think it’s more of an internal pressure we all feel to cut a record we’re proud of, that sounds good, and is an accurate representation of the headspace the band was in during the writing process. If you’re making honest music, logic suggests honest ears will dig it. Thanks to Matt Washburn at Ledbelly sound, we have indeed made a record we’re really stoked on and it makes this a really exciting time for us.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-Yeah, absolutely, with every record we put out we want to be pushing ourselves not only as writers and players and bandmates, but as stewards of rock and roll music. We feel a lot like our expectations should be relative to the work we put in, and that any growth and success we see will be proportionate to the effort we put in.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-It’s one of the pillar reasons we do what we do and it’s one hell of a rush! We try and invest a lot of time into our fans for that exact reason and take extra time to be interactive both at shows and on social media, we have to repay the kindness and love they show us.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-We are of the mindset when we get into the woodshed that if we sit down and work together and write the best songs we can, then the rest will take care of itself. So far that’s been the case and we feel like there’s a really easy to identify pattern of growth in our work that is well paced and hasn’t taken any drastic turns.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Absolutely! That’s one of the coolest things about tour, it’s a deep dive into this massive community of likeminded people and you’re surrounded by them all over the country. We’re all out here trying to be heard and we’ve cultivated some phenomenal relationships with likeminded folks that are striving for the same thing.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-If you’re thinkin too much you’re doin it wrong haha. Like we discussed earlier, we just keep the aisle clear of clutter and throw ideas around the room until all four sets of ears have settled on something they agree is quality.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Man there are so many bands and labels sticking their necks out today to keep this music alive and fresh and moving forward that it’s impossible to not be inspired by that. As far as a message, what could be more important than the statement that this kind of music and this way of life will not be silenced and isn’t going anywhere?
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-We’ve been fortunate to have a robust following here in Florida that always makes us feel like cd sales are up haha, we’ve always been fortunate to do well in that area.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-I’m a big vinyl guy, but in the 21st century with all the stream sites and those numbers being important to our livelihoods, it’s worth streaming your friends bands! It means more to them than you may realize.
What lies in the future?
-We’ve got an exciting year ahead of us! Our next full length album, Burn the Ships, will be comin our August 23rd as we take off on a five week tour of the east coast and the Midwest, we’ll be back out again regionally for a few weeks in November and we’re making plans to cut a live album this winter.