Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to being you an interview with Swedish rock band, Takida!
1. How did you get started as a band?
We started out back in 1999. We wrote our own songs from day 1 and recorded 5 demos before we got a record deal. We’ve been touring a lot since the early days and seen a lot of cool places and venues. It’s hard to pick out just one or two favourite cities or venues but being on tour with Three Doors Down was cool and playing at The Hammersmith in London was legendary. Stockholm is another cool city. We recorded a live DVD there in 2009 and we played in front of 8500 people. That’s a memory I’ll never forget.
2. How are you feeling about playing in London on the 14th?
We’re looking forward to it! Like I said, we’ve played a couple of times in London before and it’s been all good memories.
The entire tour with Three Doors Down and Seether was good for us I think. We got some really great response and a lot of new fans from that tour. However… we haven’t played here in a couple of years so this will hopefully be some kind of fresh start for us in the UK.
3. How important is playing live now?
Well… Live shows is the most important thing for us. We love doing it and personally I think all music is better live.
It’s just a massive feeling when you stand in front of a huge crowd and… well, actually, it doesn’t have to be that big either. Just the response from the audience is such a cool thing. Recording in the studio has its benefits as well. It’s always fun to be a part of the creating process so to speak. To create music is a privilege. And a greater privilege, of course, if the listeners likes it as well.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
I would say helped us. That’s how new music gets around nowadays so…
We get fanmail from all over the world and it’s truly flattering. I think we even got mails from Australia at some point!
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
Fishing is something almost all of us enjoys. It’s a great way to recharge your batteries after a tour. And spending time with loved ones of course.
6. What are your future plans musically?
Write new songs, record, tour, repeat. I would like to tour in japan (we love sushi) and America would be nice also. But really… we just wanna play our music so I’d go anywhere they’d want us.
We’d like to thank Takida for taking the time to speak with us & I Like Press for arranging it. Head over to Takida’s website to find out even more, pick up their music, merchandise & much more! You can also support them on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!