What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-Yeah absolutely. We feel under the gun right now to be honest. We’re wanting to hit the road again very soon and we’re deciding which markets to hit. There seems to be a lot going on in the Midwest and South right now. The pressure isn’t so much external as it is internal; that drive needs to be kept at the forefront at all times.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-The goal was to give the listener an introduction to 1818. There’s some heavy stuff on the album and some lighter stuff as well. We really felt that it needed to be that way in order to get a full, rounded experience.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
For a vocalist it’s amazing to actually have people know your songs. A lot of what I write is personal stuff, like a public diary. So to have people that are into that is really touching. I try to keep a lot of it open enough for interpretation, but obviously sometimes it’s just going to be a very up front and personal story.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
The next album is being written now, we’re developing more as a unit as well. as far as following staying the same course as Hiraeth, it’s only natural to want to expand on different sounds and vibes musically. So with that comes new ideas and inspirations for writing. Also life always happens and that’s really a cornerstone for us. We tend to write what we feel. There’s some dark days right now and some of that is going to naturally steer some of our writing.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-The amount of people we’ve met through playing music is amazing and pretty astounding. It really is a family. Some of the best and honest people I’ve met are halfway across the country and we still stay in contact.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-Sometimes a song and be pretty much complete in 25 minutes just because everything clicked, not to say that it’s not revised and revisited. Others take months to write. There’s a song called “Trash” that we’ve worked and reworked for about a year and a half. The parts are there; it just isn’t right yet and it drives me crazy, but it’s all about what the song needs and what we need. Sometimes things are easy and sometimes it’s a ton of work.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Life, that’s where I draw a lot of inspiration really. I guess it’s more really reaction to life or emotions that come with different situations. What’s interesting is my own personal reaction to things that I have written and how that reaction changes with time. Music really is a healing process for me and when a song ends up meaning something new to me, a new perspective, then I’ve moved on a bit from the mind set and situation that I was in when it was written.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-Hiraeth is the first release of 1818 and we’re very quickly learning the ropes. I personally still buy physical copies. Call it nostalgia or personal preference but I like the actual product in my hands. The industry ebbs and flows just like anything else and you’re right, it does feel like there is a shift back to supporting and a new interest in music in general, in any genre.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-I like physical copies just because of the art work and the feeling of having it in your hands. We only sell physical at our events so that’s another level. I like meeting people and getting to know them so it helps bridge that gap. When we started this project it was all about family and a connection. There’s no separation at our shows, we’re all family and I truly believe that. Digital is where a lot of people are going and I can see the draw to that as well. it’s instant, it’s easily portable so much to the point that’s it’s always in your pocket.
What lies in the future?
-Write, record, gig, rinse and repeat