TOWN TUNDRA

The band name TOWN TUNDRA seemed a bit questionable the first time I saw it but once the music got started I was totally hooked. So an interview had to happen. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a
sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-Actually there was no demo of the album, som we can’t compare. We completed working on the album in September 2016
and we began seeking a label. Nobody put a pressure on us to succeed, we do it ourselves constantly.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-We live in the real world not in a fantasy, so we understand that when we release a record it leads to various reactions. Our main goal is to convey our message, feelings and moods expressed in our music to as many people as possible. We don’t set up any commercial goals for our music.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is
that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-Hmm, we hope we understood the question correctly… so, when we go live and see that people know our songs, we appreciate it a lot and feel that we’re on the right track.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics
and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Yes and no. There is always much room to grow and many heights to reach. We don’t feel ourselves stuck in a genre or constrained by any considerations, but we keep moving to our sound and style and that’s a long and evolving process.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Sure, we do feel like that!

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything
you’ve already written?
-It’s not about how hard or easy to create something new, it’s about how we dedicate ourselves to what we do. We don’t like to repeat ourselves so every new song sounds different from everything we’ve made before.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some
sort of message?
-The world around, everyday news, human relations, all of that is a huge (or even infinite) field for inspiration. As we said before, we want to convey our message to people. If we have nothing to say, what else is all this for?

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-We see the record industry is in decline, especially here in Russia. That’s a sad fact but not a reason to give up and stop pleasing people with new songs. We make and share our music from the heart. On the other hand, we surely want to earn money from our music for better equipment, better studios, better sound.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Digital gives rapid spread, you’re just in couple clicks distance from your fans and it’s a win-win for musicians and for listeners. But there still many people who’d like to get a physical copy to touch and feel the result of musicians hard work. Digital won’t bring this feeling, but that’s okay, we live in digital era.

What lies in the future?
-Nobody knows. Speaking of our plans, we’re moving forward. Regarding all the rest, we hope everything will be all right.

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