ANGEL NATION used to go under the name EnkElination. I interviewed them under that moniker. Now it is time to interview them under the new name. Answers by Elina. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

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?
-Wether it’s a single, EP or an album there’s always the same pressure but of course there is a difference too. A full album takes a lot more work in every way to make so that makes the stakes higher as well. Album also has more songs which gives it more variety and chances are that maybe someone likes a certain song and someone else prefers another. it’s a bigger chance for me to showcase different style of songs and to make an artistic entity.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-You have to have a very structured plan for the release. We work hard and do everything we can to bring the record to people and hopefully they like it 🙂 It’s always good to set goals too and keep your eye on the bigger picture as well as small details.

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?
-That is one of the best feelings! When I introduce a song, the intro starts playing and people cheer and sing along during it, it’s priceless!

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?
-I would never want to write the same album again and my songs are quite different to each other already. I like experimenting and coming up with new ideas. There’s always the risk that some songs might sound drastically different to the previous album but it’s good to evolve! And the true “Angel Nation” sound will always be there because of the way I write songs and of course because of my voice…that will never change. Lyrically I find the inspiration for each song separately but all the topics are relatable for me in some way, even if hidden in symbolism or other meanings so I don’t think I would suddenly change into writing about things completely alien to me. I think artwork has to fit with the music and reflect the band. It all has to come together naturally without forcing, that gives the best result!

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Yes, it does feel very much like a big community of bands, musicians and also fans and friends. It all comes together and people are unbelievably supportive in every way! We are very lucky to have such amazing fans!

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?
-I think it’s natural for any songwriter to repeat or copy themselves to a certain extent. Of course this usually happens unconsciously and I do sometimes catch myself doing it and realise I have to change something. But that’s also part of the “sound” of a band that there are sometimes similar things occurring in the music. As long as all the songs don’t sound exactly the same, I think it’s ok to have your signature style.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Anything and everything! Of course situations and things in my own life and everything happening around me always inspire me. I very often have clear Movie-like scenes, these very strong visual images in my head when I write lyrics. It can be almost about anything but it always means something to me on some level. I don’t think that lyrics always have to have a clear message. I enjoy more if people can interpret the lyrics in their own way and relate to them.

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?
-Music business can be a brutal place to be in and it’s no secret that it’s become a lot tougher to survive or even make a living in music.
Before it was the only option to buy the album to hear it but now there are a lot more options around. It affects everything, the investments made by record labels, touring, recording etc. There are also a huge amount of bands in general so many of them, no matter how good, become a needle in a haystack. I’m lucky to have a good team with my band members and great people around us who have done incredible things to help us!

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Referring to my comment about the amount of bands around now a days, I think it’s understandable that some people prefer digital copies. I also know that some people absolutely want to have a physical copy of an album. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. If you buy the album in which ever format, you’re supporting the band and their music and that’s the most important thing 🙂

What lies in the future?
-We have a little European tour coming up in December which we are really looking forward to! We hope to play as much as we can next year after the album is out and continue with the songwriting when the time is right.

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