What does it mean to be in a band that works hard and play music for the fun of it? Read this interview with Eric from WORKHORSE III. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of those names that tells me some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up w/ the name?
-Not hard at all! We put our all into our music, especially live, we’re workhorses man, there’s 3 of us, it was kind of simple.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should give you the time of day?
-We aren’t doing what everyone else is. What I think you’ll get from listening to our music is that you cant really place us into one category or genre of music. Yes, we are a rock band, but our sound is quite diverse, so it never really gets boring, you don’t quite know what to expect from us other than a good solid song we’ve poured our heart and soul into. And we’re not trying to come off like we’re cocky or anything but we are good at what we do and we’ve been playing music for most of our lives and I think that experience shows through in the music we write.
I am a total Pagan Babies devotee but do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album based on your collective track record or have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-We do have a following for sure, not as big as we’d like but we’re hoping to change that w/ the new album for sure, but the following we do have are rabid fans and to be honest, you can’t come up w/ new material for them fast enough. I mean, we write a lot, and there’s never a time when any one of us aren’t bringing a new song or riff or lyrics to the table but I think it’s best to let people digest it 10-12 songs at a time before we introduce them to a bunch of new songs that may have a different feel to them. The great thing the past few years has been as we’ve added new songs to our live sets people really seem to get excited about them and it gets them excited to pick up the new album. Most of all we write music that we would listen to and gets us pumped and most times our fans get that.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up w/ a sound all your own?
-That’s just it, we aren’t just one sound and I guess that’s our sound. And that’s to not have every song sound like we’re playing it over and over again. You don’t feel the same emotions all of the time, so for us it’s impossible to sound the same all of the time
I’ve never played in a band but I feel like I’m a part of something bigger. Do you feel that you are part of something bigger or greater, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Like I said before, we make our music for us first, we think, is this something that we’d actually sit down to listen to all the way through? And if our musical diverseness causes a change in the music atmosphere of bands copying another bands sound and causes them to be themselves than I think we could live with a movement like that. We aren’t politically motivated with our music, we don’t ever want our music to feel like work, we have a lot of fun doing what we do so I guess like I was saying about influencing people to just be themselves would be a good movement.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever artwork for the cover of the album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Sure!! I think we can do whatever artwork we feel is appropriate for us. Art and music is a highly subjective thing man, everyone hears and sees things quite differently so who’s to say what’s good or bad, people thought Picasso was out of his mind while others thought he was a brilliant genius. But when something is great it’s just great no matter the style. I believe we have a great album cover! David Paul Seymour(the guy that did our album cover) is fucking amazing, we talked with him about what we were trying to do and he fucking nailed it! He really captured what we were going for.
I fear that how you can listen to music will be dictated by where you live and the availability of gigabytes, how easy is it to get broadband or not? What are your thoughts on this?
-There’s really no substitute for having a physical copy(be it vinyl, cd, cassette tape) in your hands and having an awesome stereo to play it on. But we are in a different age right now and the internet is the newest format to play or discover new music. I think no matter what people that love music are always going to find ways to get their music whether they have broadband or not. It’s good there’s still some magazines out there and record stores where you can discover new music, but if you’re on a deserted island I guess you’re shit out of luck. If your listening on the computer w/ only the computers factory speakers I think that’s the worst way to listen to music, nothing beats a loud ass stereo hooked up to a turntable man!
Is the era of great arena tours a thing of yester? What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-For bands like ours? Smaller clubs and venues, the demand for bands like ours I think is at an all time low. Super poppy music, rap, and hip hop seem to be the big thing now but a lot of that music is beginning to sound the same at this point hopefully real rock music and the big arena tours will make a huge comeback and we can be a part of that. It’s got to start somewhere, it might as well be with us haha!
When you play live is it more of a happening or do you see it as more of a party?
-I think sometimes both.For us, it’s our chance to let everything we’ve been holding onto emotionally out on the stage and be who we really are and that’s happy, sad, angry, aggressive and everything inbetween. We fucking love playing live!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are not opposed to commercial success, but it will be on our terms or not at all, and that’s fine with us, we don’t want to be something we’re not and we like to sleep at night. No matter what we will always be creating new material, we’ve done it our whole lives, it’s who we are. I think to keep being able to travel and play our music is pretty amazing and if we can do that but a bit more comfortably than we’re all for it. There’s nothing wrong with being successful and a little bit more of that and to keep doing our thing would be most welcome.Thanks for taking the time to interview us Anders, we really appreciate it!