JOE & THE ANCHOR
Robin: I find my guitar roots both in the early and the the modern blues. I really enjoy mixing my playing style with various combination of pedals that'll bring a different type of dynamics and sound. I try to be an element rather than just an instrument, because I really enjoy the process of composing an atmosphere to our songs.
That's also one of the main reasons why I love to play in Joe & the Anchor, because we just simply know how to complement each other musically.
Viktor: I’m a very improvisational drummer - I never play the same thing twice. Well, sometimes I do. But I like to always try out new ideas, new ways to lift a song, and sometimes just new ways to play something really cool. Working with the band, I try to playing things that make sense with the music, but still add to it by playing something a bit out of the ordinary.
I grew up listening almost exclusively to metal as a teenager, which definitely plays a role in how I think musically. I’ve always had an interest for the technical stuff, finding a love for all things progressive, but to a point where sometimes the challenge of playing something that feels rad would be more important than playing something that musically makes sense.
So one of the things I’ve been working on, while finding more interest in jazz, funk and pop music, is really to not play all the stuff all the time, because there’s a time and a place for everything, and sometimes the best thing you can do is to stick to the groove and be the backbone of the band that your guitarist has been begging you to be for years while you try to practice death metal during you pop bands rehearsal hours. I mean, I still practise my blast beats though, but mostly on my own time.
Ruben: Having played music since I could fit inside an acoustic guitar, I have gathered inspiration from every corner of the musical arena. Rock and blues rock, most notably AC/DC and ZZ Top, dominated my first years as a guitarist, but while growing up I expanded my musicality to involve funk, jazz, prog, classical music and much more. Not metal though, I’m too hipster for that stuff.
Instead of sitting back and becoming to comfortable with what I already know, I always try to challenge myself musically by finding new inspirations and writing different music than I did the day before - and that is what Joe & The Anchor is all about.