With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to UNGRAVEN. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-I think coming up with the CORRECT band name can sometimes be down to pure luck. Firstly you need a clear vision of what you want the band to appear like and then just kind of trust your instincts. With Ungraven the name just kind of popped out when I was driving one time but with Conan it took several false starts and several bad names before I settled on it.
What was it that made you want to do a solo project? What does this give you that you don’t get in CONAN?
-I wanted to create Ungraven and make it a solo project because all other options seemed like just a slightly different version of Conan and I wanted something completely different. I like the feeling of freedom I get creating musical ideas for Ungraven, I can create riffs and drum ideas almost at will and because the ideas are all in my head, and I don’t need to run them past other people, it all flows really easily.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-I don’t think you consciously pick any part of your influences, they just kind of click with you and the music takes shape over time. It’s sometimes easier for others to say what the noticeable influences are more than the creator doing it.
What does it mean when you realize that there are actually people out there that feels the same way you do about your music?
-It’s pretty satisfying actually. I played in several bands growing up that were fun but did not really go anywhere and in that phase I yearned to be noticed and to play shows and have people come along. Fast forward several years and I’m doing just that, and it has taken years of effort and sacrifice. To see and hear people react positively to the music I have helped to create is really satisfying and I guess, the end has justified the means.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side?,
-I’ve never really been too excited about promo photos but I think they are important because once the photo is online or in the magazine it lasts forever, so it’s important to get it right.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Clearly lyrics are a very important part of the music, they help shape the song during the writing phase and of course help focus the mind of the listener. I’ve never really tried to push a message or an agenda with the lyrics, but it’s definitely an important part of the music. In terms of influence, it’s hard to say really because often I just write what comes into my mind.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I think digital is an important mode of delivery and if anything it has made music a much more powerful medium, now that it’s more accessible. I don’t think it has killed the ‘album’ but it can definitely lead to overload.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-No idea. I think innovation will always be as important as tradition.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Ungraven is only really taking shape, so it’s hard to say really. I want it to be an intense live experience, but time will tell.
What lies in the future?
-I have another EP in the works currently, just figuring out drums for that right now. Once that is done I’ll start to get more serious about touring.