Vega 049There is so much great music out there and I for one am not going to limit myself to only one style of hardrock/metal. Hence my interest in VEGA. Answers by James. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Well I guess, we would like people to feel emotions when listening to our music, wether it be strength, nostalgia, happiness, shivers, or even regret. I remember a handful of albums that changed my life and the feeling I had when I first listened to them, that is what we hope to achieve.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was relatively easy, Dan ( VEGA drummer ) came up with it, it’s the 2nd brightest star in the sky or something, it’s quite original and easy to chant.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We all have a whole range of bands that we love, mine being early Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, even pop acts like Talk Talk and Depeche Mode. Inspiration today is revisiting 80s music, some dance music keyboard sounds and trying to write songs that move mountains.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We knew what we wanted to do, we had the record deal in place, and we knew we wanted to write melodic rock but with an edge, and nick our singer brings that edge. Everything was pre planned so to speak.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I’m not sure, I love listening to full albums, and if a band release a great album people will go out and buy it. It’s true that digital is killing music, but great music died a long time ago, so it doesn’t really matter much anymore.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It’s very important, we always try and work on an album cover that can be made into a cool t- shirt and banner.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media is really the only way now, gone are the days of adverts on TV and radio playing rock music, it’s on a very small scale now so social media is a great plus in the case of internet killed the radio star.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
– I’m Not sure we are part of any scene, we just do our thing and enjoy making music together .

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Yeah! We’re a big touring band and it’s a great way of spreading the word. We love meeting people and visiting new places also.

What will the future bring?
-Hopefully we can build our band up bit by bit until it pays the bills!

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