Q & A With Stew

Q & A With Stew

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? 

Nicklas Jasson: Right now we’re writing and arrange songs for our forthcoming full-length album that we’ll start recording at the beginning of 2019. 


XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? 

NJ: Since early 2017.


XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? 

NJ:  From the start, we just hooked up to jam but we noticed very quickly that we all drew our influences from the same kind of music and from there we shaped the band. 


XS ROCK: What is your music background? 

NJ: I and drummer Nicklas Dahlgren have played with each other in different bands for 15years, Singer/Bassist Markus Åsland played in other great bands before we started this band! 


XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? 

NJ: Unpretentious rock


XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals? 

NJ: To reach out to people so they can hear our music and to make our forthcoming full-length as good as it can be. 


Q & A With StewXS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? 

NJ: A mix between both, if the gig went well it can be the best feeling in the world and same thing when you just start with a riff or groove and then it ends up in a good song! 


XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about?  

Markus Asland: The song lyrics are pretty much about life, about how we are destroying each other and the earth. About love and loss. About things you see through your window, on television, social media and the things you experience in life.


XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician? 

MÅ: The most important thing as a musician is to play in a band you like, with people who are fun and can make you develop.



XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans? 

MÅ: We played at a Harley Davidsson event and there was this lady who asked us if she could dance up on the stage, we said “of course” thinking it only would be for a little while. But she danced the whole gig up on stage beside us. 


XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band? 

MÅ: Yes our friends and families are very supportive. Nicklas Jansson’s father loves those old Classic Rock bands, while my parents don’t get the picture at all (they’re listening to Swedish dance band music) even though they are supporting of course.


XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started? 

MÅ: I think the best advice for new bands are just to get started and do their own thing. Take inspiration from the things they want and not listen so much at people who don’t understand what they’re doing.


XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live? 

MÅ: We’ve got a song called Fruits that I like, it’s quite groovy and technical.


XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why? 

MÅ: A band that has always been a big inspiration for me is Free. They’ve got this live performance at Isle Of Wight that I just love and have seen too many times…


XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill? 

MÅ: Hmm, that’s a hard one. A tour with Beck, Bogert & Appice in the 70’s would have been like a dream haha.


XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

 MÅ: Our biggest accomplishment so far is that just a couple of days after the release of our EP we were contacted by Classic Rock Magazine who wanted our song “Might be keeping you” on a promo cd that followed the September issue. And a short review, really fun!


Q & A With StewXS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have? 

MÅ: I would just be a simple carpenter.


XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows? 

NJ: I play a Fender Strat from around 1992 and a Gibson SG 61’ reissue from 2010, the amp is a Peavey Delta blues and pedals I use is Crybaby wah and full tone Octafuzz. Markus plays a Music-man amp from the late 70’s and a Greco P-bass also from the 70’s and Nicklas plays a Tama Starclassic kit and use Zildjian Cymbals.


XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene? 

NJ: it’s good, lots of great clubs here in Sweden and a few bad haha! And it seems like more and more people are going back to buy and listen to vinyl! 



XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there? 

NJ: check us out on our social media for updates and listen to our EP that you can find on almost every streaming service. 

XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK! Band: Thanks to you guys! 


Markus Åsland – Vocals/bass

Nicklas Jansson – Guitar

Nicklas Dahlgren – Drums







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