With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to A LONG WAY TO FALL. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Before we met all we wanted to do was to make music with other motivated and creative musicians. We did not have any plans, we just wrote songs right from the get-go. It all changed when we released our first single on YouTube. The feedback we’ve got inspired us to want more than just work on songs in our basement – we wanted to perform these songs on stage in front of large groups of people who came to hear them.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We’re still developing “our own sound”. Because everyone of us listens to different kinds of music we tried to include many different ideas onto our first EP the best way we could. In the end it is all trial and error and with every new song we come up with you can hear and feel more and more what we would call “our own sound”. For the metal core/modern metal genre we use the common tools.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s a lot of work in a very long process and we have to go through many steps. But we wouldn’t call it hard because we all love what we do and we’re getting faster each time. Overall we’re really enjoying creating new songs and coming up with new ideas with all of those great people we’ve met so far. Meanwhile we’re learning more about our own instruments and various recording steps.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We think that for bands of our current size it is actually better to work with singles because we’re able to put in that much more effort and detail than in a packed album. On the other hand it is very hard to pick which song will not make it into the album and it’s hard to hold the songs back until the whole release is planned.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Downloading and streaming also has its upsides. You can get in touch with people way easier through social media. We think that things are just the way they are at the moment and you have to find a way to use it to your advantage. Time will tell how the market will develop itself and we believe that people always want to hear music and that alone will make a way for the music industry in the future.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We get a lot of positive feedback on our live shows and on social media. Nothing beats playing on festivals where people don’t know who you are but stay and listen because they like your sound. Our first professional music video “Driven By Greed” from our album “Faces” got the most attention so far. It made us so happy to see how many people we’ve reached all over the world who sent us such kind words.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The most surprising part was being able to work with professionals and some of our idols. When that happened while recording and shooting “Faces” it felt quite unreal. We are very proud that we got to know these people through our own music.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-In the very beginning it was only us but soon a little community around the band was growing. Now our band name stands for more than only for the five of us. The more people we reach with our music lets the network grow and it’s a great feeling. We also proved ourselves that we’re able to create a whole album and music videos, which made us grow as a band but also individually. Without the music we would have missed that.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live and performing our own songs was the main reason to start the band in the first place. You can really feel how you are connecting with the audience. We met a lot of very nice people, other bands and also made new friends. So that’s a clear yes, it helped us a lot.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We will give everything to reach out to all the people who love music just as much as we do. Further plans have already been made and there will definitely be new content soon.
Thank you very much for having us.