Sometime I can’t help wondering why a band chose the name that they have, like CHILDRENN. Not only because of the spelling but also because of the word. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-We are a teacher, a psychologist, and a mad alchemist who formed a band.
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-One day Manoj (our guitarist) fell and a nail pierced his head just next to the eye. Against all odds he survived and has ever since had psychic powers. He also found out that he could play the guitar real well. The rest of us just pretend that we can play and sing.
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-First of all we don’t make any money on this. Secondly this is not for fun – at all.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-When you’re in the middle of working on new music spending hours in the practice room, struggling with the songs it often feels like a lot of wasted energy. But after a while you start seeing where the music is going, and you understand that nothing was a waste.
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-However the they want. That’s out of our hands and a very subjective thing. But if it were up to us we would prefer people to either hate it or love it – we’d rather make an impact than be indifferent.
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-Maybe. But we don’t work that way. We still believe in the album as a format. Also we try to use as few digital techniques in the production as possible. We record on tape in live takes and try to limit the use of computers. Not that we are against digital but this just feels like the right way for us.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-It’s not really something that we have deliberately talked about. Our music draws on inspiration from a wide variety of genres like punk, stoner, doom, grunge, sci-fi soundtracks, kraut etc. We try to make the kind of music that we like and that mirrors who we are as a group of people. That’s more important to us than aiming for a specific genre or image.
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-When writing lyrics and music for our debut album, “Animale”, we wrote the songs as scenes for an imagined movie or atmosphere where the main character falls apart in an increasingly dark universe. For our second album we have worked more with opposites like hope vs. despair, self destruction vs. narcissism, apocalypse vs. creation etc.
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-We don’t spend much time in the studio. We like to cut things to the core and not spend endless hours deciding what to do in a studio. Often the majority of the work is done in the practice room where we keep playing the songs together as a band until we find the essence of the songs. Everything we write can be played live, so in that sense we are a quite traditional live band.
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We have all played a lot of gigs with other bands in the past. Touring can be fun but after a while there’s also the risk of ending up exhausted where you can’t really distinguish one evening from the next.
With Childrenn we want every concert to matter so we try to book shows where we know that the music can come alive. We would rather play a few really strong shows than spend a lot of time touring. However, we also love playing and hope to play a lot more shows in Europe next year.
What does the future hold?
-We’ve just finished our second album in collaboration with producer, Randall Dunn. It will be released in 2017. For us it’s all about creating new music, and we just want to keep releasing music as long as it feels right for us.