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 TURBOCHARGED. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name is actually a curse and a blessing, we started 19 years ago and at some point the name was quite fitting, we had to meet all members halfway and sounded a lot more Motörhead at the time (to make a long story short) and once we got signed for a proper release we had been using the name for so long that we decided to keep it. The good thing about the name is that a lot of people get shocked when we hit the stage and we really stand out on a gig poster.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-I’d say we let the Music do most of the talking. If someone asks you usually know if the person will understand the concept or if they will just say ”I really don’t listen to that stuff” but in both cases you could Always whip out your phone and play the messiest and angriest song you can come up with from the band and watch the reaction. We never needed anyone’s permission to do what we do so either you like us or you don’t, we don’t give it that much thought. However, if I was asked by a metalhead to put us in a genre I would use the phrase ”Deathpunk metal” that we already used for patches and stuff, it’s the closest fitting description we have so far.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-I can only speak for myself here but for me it has been the same three persons/bands for 30 years of playing that still shines through: Lemmy/Motörhead, Cronos/Venom and Tom/Sodom. It doesn’t matter what band I would play in or what genre we do, these three laid the foundation to my style so they are always part of it. In the big picture I guess all our old bands are reflected in what we do today and that spans from death metal to thrash to punk to whatever we called it at the time and we simply take the best parts of it and use the energy from our experiences to make the most of our stuff.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The scene in the area is active and all but for some reason we tend to stand on our own outside it all. I don’t really know why but we don’t really turn ourselves inside out to get local gigs and I guess we somehow fly under the radar for the locals. IT would of course be far easier and faster to have more gigs locally for any band that is trying to get somewhere, either just to get the stage experience or even to spread the name, but we have proved that if you do it for the passion and don’t count the days passing by the good things will come to you eventually. Of course, the vacuum you are talking about will kill many bands that try this path but it never bothered us much.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Yes, of course! We are merely one atom in the global metal scene, we cannot exist without others and they can’t exist without the rest of us. We can only do our thing as best as we can and hope for the best and that we are not drowning in the constant flow of new bands and albums. We are part of something huge which is an alternative when you don’t want to follow the same footsteps as everyone else. Common people probably only see us as drunks who escapes reality by listening to other drunks who slams their instruments and burps into a microphone but that says more about them than about us. We have seen the other roads which makes us far happier than most others. That is what we are all part of and it’s a lifestyle, not a choice.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-It depends if the bees are attacking a priest and if the birds are hacking his eyes out! Jokes aside, I guess you could file this one under “artistic freedom” and it’s all up to the band what they feel they can get away with. We always try to make the artwork speak for the sound of the album, you should have quite a good idea about what it sounds like just by seeing the front cover. Since I am usually the one who writes both the lyrics and makes the artwork it simply follows each other quite literally. I don’t really know how otherbands do it with hiring someone to do everything, we could never afford that, so I have no good answer on this one. A good cover should simply be as raw as the music and speak the same language.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-This is somewhat the old “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”-discussion. Digital format is great for bands with limited economy and you can spread your stuff faster than ever but at the end it keeps your band at cash flow zero and no one will buy the physical copies, right? Well, I’d say the ever raising postage worldwide is the biggest killer. It’s easier than ever to order whatever you want from anywhere in the world so that is not an issue but when you pick the stuff you want and head for the checkout and see the postage you usually have to remove some items or simply scrap it all and hope for a better deal elsewhere. It’s also of course a matter of technology, the digital version you can have on your phone, your pad, in your car, etc, etc, etc. LP’s are the best but they are hard to fit into your car stereo.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I don’t know really, we have a small circle of friends that makes it possible for us to hit the road and the crowds are sometimes good and sometimes you drove 900 km for 5 people. It’s all about who you know and how your connections fit together. We do get a lot of compliments from people that has seen us live and we do a good job once we are there but we don’t have a horizon of open doors into every venue out there.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We see it as the ultimate reward for all the work we put into the band. We write music and rehearse it – great! We get to record stuff – great! We get to release albums – great! But what’s all this for in the end? We write music because we like it, we record it to make it possible for others to hear it, we release the albums so it can spread better and create a demand for someone to book us for gigs. So yes, the end result should be more gigs from all the other parts of the process. There is nothing that compares to seeing people’s eyes when they really like your stuff and they come up after the gig to shake hands with you. Getting a record deal is a dream come true but it still don’t beat the eye to eye review from the audience.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-More of the same things, basically! We Always wanted more festival gigs since it would be easier to plan with families and jobs, we can only have about one major tour per year due to our life situations, but we don’t rush things and one day they might come our way! We hope that anyone who reads this takes their time to check out our stuff and if you like it, visit www.gfyp.de/shop<http://www.gfyp.de/shop> and order some cool stuff to support our label! Support our label and you support us! Thanks for showing interest in Turbocharged!