Swedish Rock ‘N’ Rollers Hardcore Superstar dropped this latest offering ‘You Cant Kill My Rock ‘N’ Roll’ so we though it was time to catch up with them to find out what has made them tick over they 20 year career.
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourselves tell us a little bit about your band .
– The band has been around for 20 years, released 11 records.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
– I remember watching tv and the song Wild Boys by Duran Duran came on and i tought to my self ’’ is it really possible to create something like this’’
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
– I didnt’ purchased them, I stole them from my brother. It was Get a grip by Aerosmith and Keep the faith by Bon Jovi
When did you first pick up your Guitar?
– My dad bought me a guitar for 3€ when i was 14 i think. But the damn thing couldn’t be tuned and the neck was broken i think.
So my first date with a guitar wasn’t love at first sight, It was 3 years later that my friend made me buy a guitar. He wanted to be James Hetfield and he needed someone to be Kirk Hammett.
We failed miserably but we learned a lot.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
-I did take a couple of lessons inte beginning but the teacher was more into music theory then actually playing and that didn’t work for me. So i started a band and learned other bands songs. Thats a great way of learning to play your instrument.Just jump into it
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
– Randy Rhoads, Slash, Dimebag, Malmsteen, John Norum, Gary More…………..
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
– Skid row’s Slave to the grind had a lot to do with that
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
– Pantera in 2000 on the Reinventing the steel tour. Got to meet the guys in the band as well
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
– Im a big fan of all the music out there. It’s not weird for me to one day listen to Slayer and the next day it’s Les Miserables.
It all depends on what mood I’m in.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
– Well our new album ’’ You Can’t Kill MY Rock ’N Roll’’ is being released in a few days. So I’m really looking forward to that.
Where and when did you record it?
– We recorded it in our Bass-players studio called Österlyckan in Gothenburg Sweden . And it was recorded during 2017 and 2018.
How does the song writing process generally work within the band?
– It usually starts by someone ( usually its Adde ) writing the backbone of the song. Maybe a vers and chorus, then he sends it to the rest of us. Then we take it from there
What route did you take to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
– Like I said, the band has been around for 20 years and have toured like crazy during that time. So a lot comes by hard work on the road
Did you feel there were enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
– Sure thing, you just have to take loads of shit gigs to get to the next level.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
– You must have a plan with your playing. Even if it’s just playing in you bedroom you need to know what you want to achieve with it. When you have that down………..Work your ass off
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
– Focus on what you want to do with your music
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
– It’s not as easy as it looks. But the naivety that you have as a young musician is something that I’m extremely grateful for. I don’t know what i would have done without it.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
– You don’t adapt. Always do your thing and the rest will follow.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
– That’t totalt up to you. You can gain a lot if you promote the band in the social media,
So moving forward what’s next for you?
-Work Work Work. Now the touring starts
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
– We always try to keep thing fresh and exciting. That’s this bands biggest strength. Every time we start writing an album we become like kids again. There are no rules when it comes to creativity.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
– Get better as a band and get more people to discover your musik.
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
– Spinal Tap