What exists AFTER TIME. I guess a huge vacuum but that can be filled with playing the music over and over. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is this band really all about?
-AfterTime was formed for a few very strong reasons. As the five of us work and perform together, our dream is to write and share our creations with the world. Music is a passion we share and have dedicated years of our lives to. There are many people who have helped us along the way that we have every intention of making proud. Everyone in AfterTime has agreed that a future behind a desk is not one that we want to pursue. We’d much rather write and record our stories, and travel the world to perform them for our fans.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-There seems to be a stigma surrounding entertainment that to “make it big” you have to be in a major city like LA or NYC. Although there is opportunity around nearly every corner in those places, there are also 100 other artists competing for that coveted spot. We feel we have the best of both worlds being from Minnesota. The Twin Cities is a hub of musical talent in the Midwest, yet it’s far less competitive than a major city. We have the perfect environment to nurture our growing success as a band without being smothered by the competition.
When you release an album that gets pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-As our debut EP, The Fall of Light, is currently in the final stages of production we have yet to receive reviews for it. However, we have gotten very positive reviews from our live shows. Our first performance was at a Battle of the Bands, in which we took 3rd place with the biggest crowd vote. So we hope that response carries over towards our EP!
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-Coming up with song ideas typically hasn’t been an issue for us. The transition from a thought in our head to a fully fledged song on sheet music can be a little tricky and frustrating sometimes. We always push ourselves to make our songs as elaborate as we can. When we go in to write a song we usually have a basic melody line from which the rest of the song grows. The rhythm section will be constructed around that melody, then the orchestra and vocals will fill out the rest of of the melody and harmonies. For us the toughest part of working on a song is the production that goes into recording it. We have experienced a variety of complications; from financial constraints to sickness to many different technical difficulties. Despite all this, we agree that a song isn’t done until we are all happy with it.
Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-It is a little bit of both for us. When writing the songs we will typically start on the physical instruments, be it drums, bass, guitar, etc. Once the parts are created, we find our digital workstations quite helpful in the process of writing up sheet music or recording a demo. The digital programs also work great for writing the orchestral sections that we have in our music. A live orchestra can be quite financially demanding, and though computers cannot perfectly replicate the sound of a real orchestra, they can still sound quite accurate.
With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-Whether we’ve achieved it yet or not, we are aiming for a dramatic and cinematic sound. We want to make full use of orchestra and choir to bring a wide range of depth and color to our music. While we don’t want the symphony to cover the metal aspect, sometimes guitars have to step back to allow the kind of emotion only an orchestra can convey.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to convey?
-Lyrics are extremely important for us, because we aim to be storytellers above all else. We strive to use heightened vocabulary in all of our songs. The sweeping orchestral interludes and soaring soprano vocals we write deserve to be complemented with intricate lyrics. They are the key to sharing an emotion with the listener. And we want our songs to be full of emotions. In our EP you’ll find desperation, regret, fury, hysteria, and more!
What part does artwork for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Artwork and image are paramount to gaining new fans. Oftentimes, your album’s artwork is the only chance you have to convince someone to listen to your music. Usually, a person’s first impression of a band has nothing to do with their music. They see the album art, an advertisement, concert poster or other form of artwork first. A band’s image is just as important as their sound.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Our first few shows have been local, so we have been able to start out with a great fan attendance. We have also made some great connections with other local bands, so we look optimistically at our future shows’ attendance.
What do you see in the future?
-In the immediate future, we look forward to seeing The Fall of Light released this spring. Our fans have waited patiently, and we can’t wait to hear their feedback on it. Further out, we look forward to a lengthy career that financially sustains us and allows us to do what we love most: create music and tell stories.