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 SHIVER. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-I feel that we’ve done much better then what I thought. Many things happened which I couldn’t even imagined, such as being opener for some of my fav bands (GIAA, Dead Letter Circus), or playing in front of 3000 people, or publish almost 5 albums.
Also, one thing that I’m really proud of, is that we have our listeners and lovers of the project, so every time I’m working on a new track I’m very happy thinking that I’ll be writing music for them ( and also because of them!).
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-I have to say 70%. But hey, the moment I’ll be satisfied, I’ll lose my criticism and my ability to improve myself.
The previous album, “The Darkest Hour”, was too cold and digital, so for “Adeline” I wanted a warm, rock sound, similar to the live show experience. and we got it. I wanted straight songs with great melodies and I did it. But the general sound could have been better. Let’s try again with the new Album I’m composing!
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Absolutely. For the fist time in many years I found the perfect line up, where everyone is very talented and we can totally trust each other. This brought us to the next level: developing the sound that we want. I want a new album more post-rock oriented, very ambient but also evocative and strong, with stunning guitar arrangements and riffs and powerful synth leads on a rhythmic complex base – the voice high above all. Tracks: already made, we’re currently arranging them.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-This latest album “Adeline” is a collection of tales and legends that I collected from all over the world. They talks about ghosts and witches and how the “strange” has been always identified as “evil” even when it is not. Most of my subjects are women… And it doesn’t surprise me, in this male chauvinist society. I didn’t mean to express a thought or a judgement, just reporting stories based on ancient fears, it speaks by itself.
Of course, the superficial listener could get the “tale layer” only, the deeper soul will get the hidden meaning.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-I consider it a part of my artistic expression, something that tells more about my music and complete that also. It’s important that I bring you inseam my world and my vision, if I want you to feel something, and that’s the clue. So yes, it is important and yes, it can make the difference even now. My target listener is the one who choose carefully his tracks and his music, so I don’t want to give my songs to silly people but to the ones who still spend time to pick up an album also for its cover and artwork.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
‘-Its really really hard from here, for countless reasons: first of all, culture (even if it get born here) and arts are not considered important for the ignorant people who rule in our countries; second, as a population, we are very struggling for money and it’s so difficult to dedicate time to not-profitable activities because three, here in Italy Music is totally a waste of money, you spend in it (gears, lessons, rehearsals, etc etc) and you’ll never earn even one tenth of that amount.
BUT… I still think that if you’re good you can make it.
For me success is not the mainstream TV appearance, it’s not the fame and money thing, it’s getting your niche, and people who enjoy your music fully and will follow you forever, because you make them feeling emotions. And I think we’re running in a good direction.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-That’s a great question. You can be very very good and stay forever unknown. It’s a matter of luck I guess, and also, point of views. We’ve done so much touring all over the world for all these years, meeting people and seeing stages and places, and I know many people would love to do this. But it’s nothing compared to (let’s say) NIN.
So… I have no clue about this. I only know it’s a mix of playing around as much as you can and meeting the right people. And invest in yourself.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-In Italy… the situation in critical. Young people are not listening to rock or metal, or even pop. They are totally into trap (terrible) music and indie (horrible) fake bands. I use to prevent getting those tunes polluting my ears.
There are many good bands but they are losing their hope, and moving abroad is starting to bee too expensive.
A national supporting scene is important – it’s fundamental. If we’re many, we can do things one for each other. In my city, I’m the one who creates event for other younger bands to play – with some of my friends. It’s something we MUST do! Let’s RESIST!!!
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Here our “mother’s milk” is something HORRIBLE like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAAFBMWRplg
Please open it!
I’m not joking, this is really typical italian ’90s mainstream music. (And now my youtube will get this in his list and appear again in my playlists OMG ahahah!)
Let’s say that the italian community of alternative/metalhead people is 15% of the music users. That’s why I always feel at home when I’m in London or Los Angeles. Seriously… this is a very underdeveloped country, you can come here for food and holidays and it’s spectacular but anything else is terrible. I’m so sorry about this aspect of my beautiful land.
What does the future hold for you?
-A new album, other gigs, other tours. We need some more stages to eat 🙂 we’ll do our best to get in every country, in every city, and bring our music to your ears!
Horns up and kick ass!!!!!! xoxo faith