With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THE OGRE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Yes, the name is extremely important, you need to have a title that expresses what the music is about. The name The Ogre came to me because of the sound and imagery, when I was
thinking about how the band should be called I started drawing different logos for different ideas and The Ogre really sounded and the logo looked right. As a one man band I wanted
something that seemed unique and iconic but mainly that sounded cool, I didn´t want to put my real name there to sound like a solo career. This is a real band.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-I always listened to A LOT of stuff, hard-rock, heavy metal, death metal, black metal, soundtracks, millions of bands, but when it comes to direct influences you can point out
some guitar techniques or vocal inspirations from a few like Megadeth, Carcass, Death, Running Wild and Iron Maiden.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not really, it happens sometimes that I have an idea for the most brutal song ever and I end up writing a balad,
or sometimes I start writing a really heavy slow song and a cool riff turns the song to a full speed metal track. No rules, no boundaries is my motto,
I let the song flow and it goes where it goes.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-YES! I really want to take my music on the road and play live. I was planning to do some touring on the second semester of 2020 but this Corona thing really
messed up my plans, I hope this resolves itself as soon as possible, everyone is safe so I can get back on track.
As far as stages go there is no preference, as long as there is a decent stage with
good gear it´s all good. When you play small clubs is really fun to have the crowd right in your face, and in the fan´s point of view it´s something special to have a band that you like
right there where you can see and hear everything. With big stages and festivals you get your music to a broader audience and some people get to know you even if they´re there
to see somebody else.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-On the previous album I feel that I rushed some of the songs but on this one I really took the time to write and record the songs
exactly the way that I wanted, with no hurry whatsoever, so I´m really happy with the result. I wouldn´t change a thing.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Yes promotion is a pain, the way I see it there is a lot of everything at your disposal in a click nowadays, you have a million options for music, cars, clothes, etc,
so I really focus on what is important to begin with, the music, if the music is bad there is no point promoting it or taking out on the road. I believe that if your product is good it will
get recognition eventually. Then I try to work with all the major platforms to get it heard, I send it everywhere may it be through e-mail to labels
or videos on youtube/instagram and facebook. You have a lot of ways to promote your stuff, just trace a strategy and try it, if it doesn´t work try something else.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I agree with you a 100%, in my opinion the artwork goes hand-in-hand with the music and lyrics. I do everything in The Ogre, I write the songs, lyrics,
record all the instruments, vocals and do the artwork. It´s kind of easier for me when I already have a concept for the songs to work on the artwork because
I know the “feel” that I´m trying to put through to the listener. So this is what I think makes a great front cover, you have to establish the initial experience right there,
this is the very first step to draw in the listener to want to hear your music. So the cover is the main visual identity of the album and the band.
If you have a bad front cover for your album what makes you think people are gonna want to hear what´s inside?
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
– Yes, a local/national scene is important for bands basically to work on your mouth-to-mouth promotion, it becomes a step-by-step thing,
first locally then nationally and then internationally, to have material to show, youtube videos to self promote, live recordings of songs and so on.
I think The Ogre should be more active in the national scene but I´ve been doing this for years, played everywhere locally with other bands and
I want The Ogre to do this right and don´t damage the band´s image.
So I´m holding back a little the live gigs to do this properly with good gear and also good players,
The Ogre will start off playing live as a power trio so let´s wait to see how that goes.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-This is why I took some time off playing live. Bad conditions, horrible stages, and sometimes you make zero money, you actually spend money, or even the infamous pay-to-play.
Yes people look for videos of the band playing live to see if it´s worth going to the gig, hell even I do that. It doesn´t matter if it´s the 80s, 90s or 2Ks every underground band will
have a hard time getting known, that is a fact. I started playing live in the late 90s and I´ve been at horrible gigs and awesome gigs. I guess we all go through that to gain experience
and mainly to know where you want to go with your music. Are you happy playing crappy shows? If not what can you do to step up your game? Everyone needs to find their own path.
What does the future hold?
-I´ve just finished writing the next album but I want to take The Ogre out on the road a little before the release of anew album, some gigs in Brazil and in Europe. A lot of stuff to work on!
Metal non stop.
Rock On Brothers!!!