Have you checked out COLDUN? Why not?read this interview to start with and then take it from there. Answers by: Coldun (Head, Vocals, Bass, Hammond, Synths), Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-The name of the band is important to me. Back when I started COLDUN as a solo project, I thought about it for a while, especially the name. There is a special magic in this beginning of a band – everyone who has formed a band knows these feelings – and finding the perfect name for the baby reflects this mystical feeling and gives meaning and energy to the beginning.
The name COLDUN is a word-creation in direct relation to the first album and it is formed out of the basic aphorism, the first album is conceptually based on.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-The bands I really like don’t sound so much like COLDUN. For some reason the result that come out when I create music sounds very different to all that I hear the most time.
-On the new record, which I did with good friends and musicians as a real band, it sounds maybe the first time a little bit like bands I hear in my every time live.
I grow up with the classic 80ies heavy metal stuff and like that till today but COLDUN sounds very different from the beginning. There is this melancholy and wide and deep atmosphere in COLDUN that came from somewhere the universe or out of my left nose – I don’t know it exactly but it’s there in every COLDUN song and don’t sound like Running Wild.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-I think so, yes. To play slow music means to me to give space to the real sound of the instruments and even to let the freespace between the notes sounds as well.
That affects the arranging a lot. You can create a feeling by playing a note on an instrument or by playing it not and just hear the space between, the calming down of former sounds and the breathing of the song – that’s fascinating to me.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Here we come to a point that is difficult for me to explain as there has never been any live activity with COLDUN so far. That is for different reasons, for example that COLDUN was a solo-project many years.
That the music would work in a live environment I’m sure of but I can’t say when or if that will happen.
I think in a smaller club it would fit better.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-No – I’m really happy with the result. For sure it took too long time to finish it but never the less – it has become great.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Yes – that’s really true. It is very hard to reach out to the mass that could potentially like our music. We decided to put the promotion in the hands of Markus Eck with his METALMESSAGE promotion agency. He is a passionate guy whose heart beats for good music.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-That’s true too man. The artwork and especially the front cover has to grab and catch the viewer from the first second. When its then an fusion with the music on the record it all will be fine.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-It’s not as important as it used to be. Now we are more or less part of the internet community. For myself and my companions on the new record, I think we’re part of a local scene and that’s fine. The old way of being involved in a music scene is still there, but the new way of online-presence is becoming more and more of a determining factor.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-Hard to say. For sure the new “market” for bands is the internet. Now in corona-times it is all we have but in normal times there is still a lot going on in the live scene. But the trend to “consume” music at home or mobile is clearly there and the people maybe are getting more lazy with that.
What does the future hold?
-Right now, we fully concentrate on the promotion and publishing of the new album “Grand Sun Ritual”. It is planned to come out at 15.01.2021!
Let’s see what happens next.
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