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ASCHEREGEN have a very explosive band name. Thankfully they got the music to match it. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We do the record in a good mode and still have a positive view of it. The band continous since this time and we find a new drummer, Detlef Schröder for our future work. So we have new songs already, but love the old ones too.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-“Ascheregen” means ash rain or fallout after a vulcano erpupted…we think our music is like that. Creative people come together, bring their ideas and then the eruption bring our product or song……and the ash rain let it fall on you….or so

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-We hope we can give them what they want and we try to do our best making music that people like. But in the end we wrote it first for us…bring our ideas inside a song and feelings in our lyrics. We are sure, that some people feel the same and will like the music….hmmmm….ok….we hope so hahaha

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We don’t have an idea about a fixed image….its like a song….it changes with the feeling

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-As first we must say that Eric Philipps artwork is outstanding. We want that he work for us, because we know his work for other musicans before. We talked about the cover and our songs and he did it, like we had it in our inner view that time….he also paint some gimics inside the pic for two of our songs….try to find them…..

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-There are always to sides of a coin….Yes social media sometimes very good for musicians and music….and sometimes not. Downloading music is a problem, because musicians earn mor less than in old times, but it is like it is….I think we had to find ways to give musicians more benefits for their work….as well the same for artists, painter, photographer etc. ….the problem is that the modern society don’t want to pay for art anymore…..but without artists that will end in a disaster.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-…it give meaning to our music…to that what we create together…..but its not the sense of life….hahaha…..ask Monty Python for that

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-We not create our music like the Mainstream want it…..we create music and hope some people like it….but we will do nothing we don’t like to be a mainstream band

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Gigs are always difficult, because we all have jobs and other things beside, but we looking forward and have some plans and locations where we will play this year

What will the future bring?
-We hope only good things…..and we work on a second album….hahaha