COVEN is a Japanese band not to be confused with any other Coven out there. A highly interesting band that you should check out. 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 sort of is for real now?
-We think releasing a demo is a first step, in our case it began from like an impulse we just want many people to listen to our song in all of world.
About releasing an album, to be honest, we haven’t felt the pressure for it yet.
Because simply we are still just a newcomer. so, just the feeling happy for releasing are bigger than the pressure.
But of course we were always striving to make even better than the demo in everything.
And we want to say thank you to all people listening to our songs and our label.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-One of our expectations is that we want many people to listen to our songs in a lot of countries.
And playing in front of many people all over the world.
Now we have no goal, because it just has started for us.

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?
-It’s grateful that people get to know our songs and the meaning of lyrics we wrote.
We feel it is increasing in a lot of countries.
So it doesn’t feel weird, or rather it’s happy for us.

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?
-In our case, the previous one was just demo.
So it’s following in the footsteps rather than like a brushing up this time.
We re-produced total figure as the new EP including sounds, artwork, title…etc.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-We think our band is a great alliance. We are both inspired and grow.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesnft sound like anything youfve already written?
-We think It is relatively easy that rough stuff come up with new songs so far.
On the other hand, it is hard to brush up them for greater one. but It’s rewarding.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Mainly from our experiences. Some of them is like a kind of encareging song for ourselves and people listening to our songs.

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?
-To be honest, we actuary don’t feel that yet.Because our EP is before the release and will be released it in the next month (September). So hope also our cd sales will increase!

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-We think both of them have good points. The digital format are faster and wider to listeners.
The physical Vinyl records and cassettes and CDs have the beautiful art work and the feeling of having it in everybody’s hands.
In our opinion, we love physical format.
Actuary In our case, many messages of asking to us are about physical format.
Because we think our sounds are old sounds so it would fit physical format.
But we are simply happy that many people listen to our songs however people choose either way.

. What lies in the future?
-We want to express and spread out our sounds with Japanese identity and originality to all over the world.

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