Come let DARK FOREST take you on a journey that will make the mind wander off into weird scenarios. Let all the folk tales that haunts us be with you.? Answers from Pat. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Christian formed the band back in 2002. Dark Forest was always set to play original material, and members drew on their influences from key bands – Iron Maiden, Deep Purple etc. The inspiration behind Dark Forest was and still is to create atmospheres and evoke feeling surrounding tales of history, the supernatural, folklore and legend while maintaining elements of high-energy rock/metal.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-The ‘sound’ that we have has numerous ingredients. There are particular melodic and rhythmic styles that are welcomed by each member of DF. As a collective, we all have our individual musical preferences, drawn from our natural and tonal influences – at times drawn from nature’s atmospheres, all of which translate across into tweaking the characteristic sounds of our respective instruments, contributing to our united resonance as a band both live and through records.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-There isn’t really any set method laid out for when we write songs. A song can begin with a vocal melody, a riff, a whole chorus and then be built upon whatever foundations are set down – the beginnings of the writing process are largely unspecific in terms of structure, but wholly specific in terms of feeling, direction and emotional intent.
Recording is always an absolute blast. Tiring at times, but a blast none the less. As a band, we all get on so well and even under recording pressure we’re still having a laugh about something and enjoying the whole experience.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-The recording technology of today is definitely more readily available to the public that it ever has been. Compare the level of equipment that is used in the standard household to that of a recording studio and the difference is still night and day when you consider what sort of sound becomes attainable.
In terms of digital releases, it certainly advances the speed of a release, but let’s not forget that alongside the downloadable music we still like to include CDs and Vinyls, because for the most part, they provide our listeners with something tangible to couple with the music i.e an album booklet, a poster inside a vinyl, or a physical disc.
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-We could draw some parallels here back to the times when people used to copy tapes and rip CDs. Nowadays the music is so much more accessible through digital channels and people don’t require those solid, physical objects to begin with, therefore the instances of ‘free’ and unauthorised downloads are inevitably more frequent today than in years gone by, and they continue to increase with the introduction of multiple platforms and channels through which these downloads may be sought.
The music itself will never be ‘killed’ as the intention of the downloader is still either to listen to it or profit from it in by passing it on to another listener. Despite this downloading culture it’s safe to say that there will always be plenty who wish to appreciate a band’s music and directly support them through obtaining the material legitimately.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Last month, we released ‘The Undying Flame’ – a single from our latest album, Beyond the Veil. So far, the responses from our fans have been hugely positive and complementary. The power and range in Josh’s voice along with deeper meaning and melodic diversity in our writing has sparked a lot of interest among our fans and reviewers alike.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Communication is easier and more instantaneous than ever before, but to some extent, this removal of physical barriers could be seen to further reinforce the perception of a ‘disposable society’ therefore removing real meaning or element of surprise to an extent. It’s convenient and can be massively beneficial, but there are certainly two sides to this coin.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
Of course. We are privileged to have opportunities to meet new people, play with other great bands, and most importantly enjoy the company and music.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We always get excited about performing live, going to new places and playing in front of our fans both new and old. Playing live definitely contributes to our following – we can physically interact with people on and off the stage and deliver our music organically.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We are focusing on performing our new material, the release of Beyond the Veil, playing more venues and appreciating music as a whole. We’re already writing new material for the next album, too.