THE MARY MAJOR

Beseech might be dead and buried but part of the band lives on in THE MARY MAJOR. Don’t go expecting a continuation though because this is pretty much totally different. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

I gotta ask about the name. Where does it come from and is there any greater significance to it?
-In the band name we wanted a female name. Someone came up with the idea “Jane doe”, and when researching this we came over a list of police terms. In that list we found out that the second unknown female victim in a crime scene usually is called Mary Major. And since this is our second band together we thought that fit perfectly.

The Mary Major seems a long way from Beseech. How much of a conscious decision was it to not do the same old when you started anew?
-It was 100% conscious. We wanted to do something new to us, and get back to do something that we felt was real and honest. The concept of Beseech felt like a closed chapter and we ran inspiration, ideas and energy.

Why the use of dual vocals (male and female)? What does that bring to the sound that a single vocalist couldn’t have brought?
-It gives a wider spectra, and makes the sound more interesting. It’s easier to experiment with harmonies and it gives you a different experience when watching us live.

How liberating is it to go from a rather big label to basically doing it yourself? Does it feel like you are in total control now?
-We are in total control. And it was the best thing we could have done at the moment. The music industry has changed, and it’s easy to distribute music digitally by yourself. We don’t have any time pressure and that’s the most important part. Music need its time to grow. Creating music, and having to speed things up most often results in something you’re not proud of, and that you felt you could do different.

Is there any difference in the creative process playing a more basic music with perhaps fewer hang-ups about what works and doesn’t work musically?
-It’s easier to make music without synth, we don’t have to program sounds and so on. We make simple music because we think it gives us more energy and actually it’s more challenging to make a good simple song than to overdo it.

How hard do you promote the band because I only came upon you searching for bands to interview?
-To promote a band is the hardest thing to do when you don’t have a big label behind you. You really have to put more tools in the toolbox, so to speak.

How do you promote your band the best possible way in an age when people rather sit in front of their computers only downloading tracks that they like and forget about the rest of the album?
-Facebook is great, and it also gives the band control to distribute the songs you want people to listen to. This is also a great way to stay in contact with the people that like what you do. These people are also the best promotion you can get, because a happy fan will tell his friends.

Does playing live still attract enough interest for people to actually check you out? How hard is it to tour aside from the festival circuit in the summer?
-The need for live shows is greater than ever, but so is the competition. So we do what we can to get on the road. We do more club shows, than festival shows. So that’s no problem for us. More festival gigs would be good though, because that’s where you meet the audience that wouldn’t pay to see just your show.

Do you learn from having been there before what not to do again or is the game so much bigger that you get sucked back into the vortex that is the music industry?
-Of course we’ve learned a lot. But everything changes, and you need to keep up with the industry.

What would you like the future to hold for the band?
-Even more gigs. We love to play live, and we love to meet new people.

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