In this day and age when an album can last for a day 23 minutes seems a bit short. But it is not how long but what you do that matters. Just as Canadian TMHM. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
– The initial intentions of the band was basically to combine a couple musicians to produce something that they could all contribute influences and ideas into. All the members’ top priority was (and still is) playing shows and touring. The sound has evolved over the years as we figured out our writing styles and got comfortable writing with each other. I’m sure that there is still a long way to go as far as sound development goes.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
– After you finish tracking a record and hear the final mixes I think there’s always little things you can pick apart about how you performed on the recording. I don’t think you can ever be 100% satisfied but having subtle imperfections and organic raw moments in recordings often makes the final product better in my opinion. We’re very happy with our latest recording. We had four eight-hour days available to finish all the recording for this album which gave the production an urgent and desperate feel to the sound. We’ve always gone for a raw and chaotic vibe to our music so I think this helped the record turn out the way we wanted.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
– Our band name (TMHM) stands for The Man And His Machine which is kind of up to interpretation by the individual. In my eyes, the band name is a comment on the way that technology and humanity is evolving. As people become more and more dependent on technology I think that we forget that we’ve created these machines that in the end are controlling our day-to-day lives. Social media, new technology, and all kinds of new technological developments can be used in amazing ways to make life better and spread information faster but I think it’s making people more distant and disconnected from reality.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Our image isn’t something we dwell on too much. We definitely don’t look like a metal or hardcore band so we’ve relied more on the music to portray our image. The impression we’re hoping to give fans is just an honest band playing music that we love.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
– Artwork is a huge part of an album for us. We’re all fans of listening to albums start-to-finish and having a cohesive theme with the album and artwork adds to that experience. For instance, we created our most recent album artwork using photos of our adventures and good times from the past few years. The lyrics in the album are greatly inspired by good and bad experiences across Canada so we thought it was fitting to use this imagery for the cover.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
– The current state of social media is a great thing for music but there are also some downsides. It’s so easy to spread music all over the world and connect to an audience using social networks. Way easier than it was when we all started playing music. The downside of this is that the market is completely swamped with so much music every day that it’s hard for people to really connect to something new. Everyone has access to every band in the world so it’s difficult to dedicate your time to something unless it really hits you hard. Bands’ success is also judged based on your social media following so that poses some smaller obstacles for bands who are wanting to get noticed or move forward in the music industry. Overall, I think it’s a good thing though. Good music will always be good music.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-We live in a province of Canada with a really small population so it feels like more of a small community than anything. There’s a great group of bands in Saskatchewan and they always seem very supportive of each other. Canada is very supportive of each other in general it seems. There will always be little niche groups of people who have their own scenes but overall it seems like everyone playing music understands the struggle and do their best to help others out.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
– Being signed to a label can help you out in lots of ways these days. The notoriety and exposure you get through labels can definitely improve your touring opportunities and help you create new networks of people to work with. Sometimes labels can also help you with some finances involved in getting music pressed and merchandise. Luckily these days there are many ways for bands to achieve everything by themselves. We’re unsigned so we don’t really know a whole lot about the current state of labels.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We try to tour as much as possible. We live in the flatlands of Canada so it’s about 20 hours driving before we can get to the really densely populated areas of our country. We’ve toured across Canada three times so far so we’re trying our best. Next year we hope to get out of the country which involves applying for visas so it will definitely be a learning experience. It seems harder for Canadian bands to tour the US than American bands to tour Canada.
What will the future bring?
-We’ve got some plans for our next album already in the making so expect some new material and tours next year! We’re trying to partner up with someone outside of the country to help us plan out the next tour and see as much of the world as possible. Thank you for the opportunity for the interview!