With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THUNDERMAKER. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
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?
-It actually took a while to come up with. We sat a couple of hors and decided to have a rather easy name to remember. To have a good name is important so that people can remember You easier and find You. Also helps if the bandname is not that complicated.
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?
-Our sound is mostly based on the sound of the early 80’s but with some modern influences. As we have evolved as musicians, more influences have come into Our lives.
My heroes (Marty) are mainly Andy La Rocque of King Diamond, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Jim Matheos & Ray Alder of Fates Warning and as of late, Miyako from Lovebites. She has actually played a huge part in me practising more and focusing on the songwriting as well as never to give up. Andy has played a huge part of me picking up the guitar in the first place and Miyako for finding some new areas to explore musicially and to evolve as a musician. It was My uncle that got me into this type of music in the first place when I was only 6 years old. We listened to Saxon, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Dio etc all the time.
For my part (Eddie) it’s Ian Paice of Deep Purple who has been my main influence when it comes to picking up the drums. The thing that made me play drums was when I heard him on the song “Burn” by Deep Purple. That was it for me. The bands that also have hade a huge influence on me are Europe, Iron Maiden & Running Wild.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-The most important thing is not to play slow or fast. The main thing is that You focus on the song and what is the best fit for it musically. Be it fast or slow, whatever suits the mood of the song and what You want to say.
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?
-Our focus from the beginning was actually to make music for big arenas but small clubs fits perfectly for Our music as well.
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?
-As we are in the process of finishing up Our new album, as of now we don’t have anything we would like to change. However, in the last two albums we did, there are several things we would like to change. Things like better production, better drumsound etc as well as some ebtter PR are a few of those pieces we would like to have changed if we could but all You do is a learning process really. That’s how You evolve to make things better next time aorund.
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?
-Promotion is always hard as You seem to drown in between all other bands releases and songs when You release something. That makes it hard to be seen and heard as a new band. We are on every platform available but have mostly done PR Ourselves as some magazines that has helped Us be seen and heard by a few. Also, most of the musicians we have played with have helped Us out a ton, which we are very thankful for.
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?
-It really depends as to what You want to say with it and what the songs are about. For me personally (Marty), it’s very important to follow the direction of the lyrics and not just have something as artwork just because. You have to think a lot of composition when making an artcover so what may be pleasing to may not be pleasing to You, and vice versa. Having said that, King Diamond’s album “Abigail” has very cool and good looking cover as well as his album “Them”. Fantastic artwork and they suit the concept of the album and the songs as it’s based on those.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-The scene in Sweden I think is very limited. If You make a comparison, for example Japan, they really have some other mindset in doing things as they really seem to focus on all their artists with both merchandise, PR etc. And not just the big band but the small ones as well. I really wish the western music industry and landscape would take note of that. We in the west have a lot to learn about so many things.
As for development for local bands it’s EXTREMELY important to have a local scene. The only problem is that it’s almost non-existent. The big festivals doesn’t pay enough attention to the smaller artists and mainly focuses on the big ones. When all other big artists have played their last gig, there will be none to take their place if they don’t step up their game and focus more on younger bands. So yes, VERY important to have a local scene and for development.
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?
-It’s my thought as well (Marty). The main problem here is that venues don’t often much in pay. Often they will have to settle for playing for free or for food. This is the main problem. Everyone wants to get paid decent but it also has got another problem as venuses tend to close so it’s a little of catch 22 sadly. It also comes down to waht I touched on in the topic above, as clubs, promoters, festivals etc doesn’t focus enough on younger bands. If You’re lucky to play a gig or two, You have to do it for free.
What does the future hold?
-We are looking forward to the future tremendously as we have abrand new album coming which will be out on Sliptrick Records so we are very excited about that and what will happen when it’s released. There are so many more ways to be seen now. Also just as exciting is how the finished production will be as e are really proud of the new songs. I know all bands say that but if You’re not satisfied with Your new songs, maybe You haven’t evolved enough? Just a thought.