VANDALLUS

VANDALLUS is a US heavy metal band that I really like. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-Like most musicians, you get inspired by something and it just takes its course. There is no vision you just do it because it feels like the right thing to do. I still feel the same but my hair may have gotten longer.

Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
-I’m sure it means something to someone from somewhere. If you have the internet, it might be easier to connect with people, in that case, location is not a big factor. Don’t know what “make it big is” never cared about that and I wouldn’t want to give people false info on it. Ask Lars Ulrich or Jimmy Page.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-That’s what I live for. Feels great. But for me, it’s just another stage, city and hotel. I’m not a sightseeing kind of person so it always feels great to be on stage no matter where I am. I am fortunate be able to play in different cities so I’m thankful for that.

What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-Good and bad. I don’t worry about what people think so much. I just play what I love

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
– Haha, I dont know, never had a “hit song”. Your asking the wrong guy.

As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
– For “Rock N Roll” analogue is a great approach as it keeps musicians in the same room and makes it harder to quantize (snaps drums to grid) pitch shift vocals. In my mind rock n roll is all about being spontaneous and capturing a moment and not changing fate after the fact. Analogue is more of a feel approach and makes you play a certain way within the environment at that point in time. To me it has nothing to do with gear (for the most part). Digital is easier to punch notes in and make things sound perfect. Rock N Roll is far from perfect. Struggle is the reality and I like to hear that. No one is perfect and that’s a fact! We tend to hear more perfect sounding Rock nowadays in digital and that turns me off. But change is inevitable and pop culture will go with the times. Nothing we can do about that.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-Great feeling to play what you love personally and hear people feeling the same way. I can dig it.

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Everything is about context when writing a rock album. The lyrics have to fit the context of the song and make you feel what the words are saying. Rock makes me feel good so I typically gravitate towards shit I love; having a great time, horror movies etc….

I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
– Again it’s all about context. Digital or drawn, the cover should relate to the music.

What does the future hold?
-I will be playing music in the future (as long as I’m alive) I can tell you that much

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