Electrifying ! It is one word that comes to your mind when you listen to Anydoll's explosive new album, Electric Heart. With a perfect blend of pop, rock and electro, this Finnish band comes up with a unique and powerful sound. So... pump up the volume, and get to know them better through the interview they gave to Artists Corner.
1. Who is Anydoll and what is the story of the band?
We are a Finnish pop-rock band from Jyväskylä. The band members are Gina (vocals, synths), Madd (vocals, bass), Chris (guitar) and Frankie (drums). Anydoll was originally formed by Madd and Chris in 2006 to fulfil their needs of music making and the synth-rock music that was not available back then. The line-up of the band has narrowed from six to four throughout the years and the current line-up has been active from 2009. We have released four EP’s and one single, which have gained exposure in national radio and TV along local radio stations. Now we are proudly promoting our debut album Electric Heart, which has been written, composed, arranged, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by us!
2. You are not the typical boys or girls band ! Indeed, your band is made of both male and female vocalists. Is it important to you to have this diversity ?
Yes, because the number of pop-rock groups fronted with both female and male lead singers is still quite limited and since we have two great vocalists in our band it would be a waste not to use them both. Having two lead vocalists is the way Anydoll stands out and it also broadens the range of music styles we are able to use in our songs.
3. What is the creative process of your music (writing, composition...)? Is the work clearly divided between each member of the band ?
It's really hard and almost impossible to describe the creative process. Every song has its own. Everyone in the band is involved in the song writing in a way or another. One might be responsible of the main vocal melody in a certain song and be the main architect of the composition of another song. Everyone does everything. More and more we are moving to the direction where we start the song writing process from a lyrical idea, a feeling we'd like to express. Then we start to figure out what would that feeling sound like. That's truly inspiring way to work!
4. What is the inspiration behind the lyrics ?
Sometimes the inspiration comes from our own lives (the best examples being Hand On My Heart and Lullaby). Then again sometimes it comes from the life that we live but from the other person's point of view. We try think what this person would think, feel and do in the given situation. So it's sort of writing a play for the stage. It's also good to mention that sometimes we just put our tongues into our cheeks just write stuff that it's not so dead serious. In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs.
5. Are there messages you would like to convey through your songs/your lyrics?
If we can make someone dance, bring happiness to someone, encourage someone or just to touch someone somehow throughout our music or lyrics, we have reached our goal.
6. What are your musical goals?
This is a bit of cliché, but first and foremost our ambition is to make music that we love. In fact, that is the only goal we are aiming at.
7. The album, Electric Heart, contains powerful, catchy and dynamic pop/rock songs, blended with electro sounds. Can we say that this sound is characteristic of Anydoll’s music ?
That description pretty much nailed it. We have a strong background from rock music but for a long time we have thought that it would be awesome to bring some new perspectives to rock music from electronic and synthetic world. Our big goal is to make these two worlds collide in a new and powerful way!
8. We can also find slower songs, like The One I Waited For. Can you tell us more about this song in particular?
Well, first of all it is the oldest song from the album, almost ten years old. This means that the song is older than our band. The One I Waited For has followed us from the beginning and we are very happy that we have finally released it. The song has had two different lyrics and four arrangements along the way so it was about a time to let it go. And as to highlight the feeling of the lyrics, we thought in a musically wise to use the less is more approach for this song.
9. If we looked into your musical library, what would we find ? Is the music you listen to similar to the music you make ? If not, what are your musical influences?
The foundation of our music library was build in the grunge era in the 90's by the bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Nirvana. On a strong foundation you can build a huge skycraper. There are tons of music from the 60's to contemporary pop and rock. There's also a lot of electronic music from Kraftwerk to modern EDM. And then there are bands that have already brought rock and electronic music together one way or another: Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Muse and Prodigy to mention a few.
10. Last question: any chance we might be seeing you performing live in the months to come?
You never know. At moment we are already making new music. We have over ten new songs on the way and we are really excited about them! But we are definitely going to play live shows sooner or later.