COLDAWN is another cool act that needs all the attention that they can get. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Funnily enough, this recording is actually from our Beyond the Dawn days, we opted for a name change soon after we finished recording it, though were discussing it for a while. My style has changed dramatically since the recording but I believe the EP to be well written, recorded and produced. Bogdan did a good job of capturing the cold atmosphere we wanted in the end. So far, reviews have been good so we’re taking it all in slowly!
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Unfortunately, this is a question for Ausk. He picked the name and I thought it sounded good. I’m sure it means something to him moreso, but to me, it represents an evolution of change with Coldawn. We want to experiment more, but have no concrete written material for the future. I’ll be starting some stuff soon and we’ll see where the Coldawn sound and name will go!
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s brilliant! I’m glad Coldawn has meaning to people out there, I’m glad that this little project I started when I was only 18 has grown the way it has, despite personal problems such as Ausk being in Venezuela hindering our releases. We try to stay in touch with fans and listeners, they’re the most important part post-release. So far, despite low quality releases under our previous name, we’ve developed a solid listening base and we try to take all feedback and reviews seriously. We still do make music for ourselves first and foremost and won’t put anything out until we are happy with it (Coldawn’s album was delayed a bit!)
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Currently, as Coldawn, we have no photos of ourselves up. There are photos as Beyond the Dawn though image is not so important to us. If, for example, a label requested we post photos, we will probably do that though. Most of our current fans are from our Beyond the Dawn days so I suppose they still have the old impressions in their head, we are gaining quite a few new fans though.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It’s a huge benefit and a huge burden. Before the internet and Facebook you couldn’t exactly communicate with someone on the other side of the world to make music. We used to easily promote ourselves and gain new fans. Nowadays, with this new ad filled cesspool Facebook, it’s honestly the worst thing you could use for promotion and communication nowadays. Even Instagram is better(except targeted ads, they never work) and it’s owned by the same company!
The problem is there is no alternative. The best thing you can do is stay on Facebook, post on Soundcloud/Reddit, and release music.
I released an album just before Coldawn for another project I play in, Blackmoon. We released an album to CD only and uploaded 2 tracks to Youtube. We have many dedicated fans too, but like you said, we do not exist if we are online. This is a shame because Blackmoon has been around since the late 90’s and none of the early material is online, but it’s out there somewhere in the world.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-It does. Despite it being a 2 man effort, it grows much more as the community does. I wouldn’t say it gives meaning to my life(I was playing music long before Coldawn) and it can sometimes, of course, be a chore so sit down with no ideas and try to find something to write, but we put a lot of work over the years into it and don’t plan on going away soon.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-It is incredibly healthy. I can’t speak for other genres, but black metal fans are very dedicated, even though we border on that term. Labels are generally just regular people wanting to help. We’ve released albums through labels in Russia, Mexico, Germany and now Italy, and this is a project that spans over Australia, Venezuela, Russia, it’s truly international. The issue it, like I said before, is it’s hard to get your music out there. There’s an oversaturation of music on sites like Soundcloud, you can find many solid songs and potentially popular stuff just sitting there with 2 or 3 plays. Not only that, you’re competing with hundreds of thousands of other ads if you were to ever run one online. I’d like a platform just for musicians/producers, but we can’t even get a Facebook alternative let alone something just for musicians.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Touring will probably not happen at this time. I know some local bands from where I am(Brisbane) who self-finance their international shows and hope to make money off merch, it goes well for them, but we don’t have a lot of merch even though there’s been a few requests, self financing a show/tour would be our best bet but it’s highly unlikely.
What will the future bring?
-Experimentation. Less keyboards. More guitars.