DEAF FOREVER is an interesting entity. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Deaf Forever – The band was really was just about a bunch of people coming together and jamin, seeing what we could come up with.
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?
Deaf Forever – For us it was very easy because we decided very early on that we didn’t want to just neatly slot into one genre of music as we felt that would be really restricting and we were dipping into a lot of different types of music so we just came up with “alternative noise” as a genre. It gives us total freedom to write whatever we want and not have to think about if it fits in with our genre, the use of guitar effects always helps lol but we all like different music and we all manage to bring them together.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Lance – Its not that hard really, one of us will come in with what we call the bones of a tune and we’ll jam on it. If we all like it we pretty much improvise the rest of it and if we don’t like it then we leave it and move on, its important that everyone is on the page otherwise its not going to work.
Tucker – Its not really hard to record and release new songs its more to do with getting the money together to release it and promote it properly.
Lance – We haven’t been able to print and hard copies of what we have recorded yet just because we don’t have the money. There can be a lot to it it just depends on how far you want to take it.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
Tucker – Yes and people should never forget the album, there has been some amazing albums like.
Ben – I think if anyone works that way, they’re stupid. Just because the technology is there and it is more accessible, it doesn’t mean you have to automatically work to it. If you want to release a single, then release a single. If you want to release an album, hold off and release an album. You work with the music you’ve got and what you want to do with it, you wouldn’t expect a writer to release paragraphs every month rather than writing a whole book!
Lance – I mean I think it’s a bit pointless just releasing singles, I prefer albums. I’ve seen bands release like 10 singles over 18 months and if they had put that together it would have been an amazing album. It’s good as an introduction to a band I guess but to do it continually I feel is a waste of time. In this day an age with the amount of ways you can reach people you can still keep yourself in the loop.
I for one feel that the change in 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 music?
Ben – Music is already feeling it hard, some might say the old ways are already dead. Musicians can only ever get value from the accessibility that streaming services offer. You can’t make money from streaming services alone, unless you’re streaming thousands each day. The future in my opinion, is unclear and nobody to my knowledge has a solid way forward. That’s not a bad thing. Music will always adapt. It’s just going to be a change that people will find hard to come to terms with.
Lance – I think the music industry hasn’t moved with times, you don’t need to spend tens of thousands of pounds on the recording and mastering of music and can’t. Bands and artist are having to stay out on tour for up to 3 years just make a tiny amount of money from the album. Its all done the same way now, we cut 4 tracks for under £300 with a basic mastering done. If we had the money I would always send our music away for mastering and when it comes down to brass tax you can record a great sounding album mix and master for well under £2000 in fact you could probably do it for around £1000 and not sacrifice quality. I think if the industry can understand it doesn’t need to spend huge amounts on recording costs things will be a lot better, music sounds to safe at the moment chances need to be taken on bands and artists.
Tucker – there’s live shows and there’s hope. People will realise that music is more then just pressing and clicking and stick some headphones in.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Tucker – quite good really to be honest, people come in rather than leave.
Lance – yeah really good, when we play preacher live that bassline really gets people and then after that people get really get into it.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
Tucker – properly mat hume from west street live in Sheffield on social media.
Lance – yeah mat and also wes from metal coffee, good lads who have helped us out.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
Tucker – yeah but not in a community way more in a social scene where people go to watch a live band because they love it, respect to those people.
Ben – It’s an amazing feeling to know that you can walk into a gig that you’re playing and you can talk to anyone in that room. Whether someone is there to work, they’re running around managing the place, or they are there to enjoy some live music. Everyone has a shared common interest and most of the time are happy to meet new people with the same priorities. It’s like being a football fan, without being in that circle, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. The best part is that anyone can join in, regardless of where you’ve come from.
Lance – sort of, in some places yeah but some not. Some places can be super clique, people will only go to see there mates band and chin the other ones off and when you are one of the bands getting chinned off its really shit, however when everyone is there for the music its really cool. Everyone talks to everyone and people make the time to speak to the bands those places are cool. I think I would have missed out on a lot of things some of the best times I’ve had have been because I been involved in music, its where I feel most comfortable.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Ben – I can’t say what past shows have been like for the band, but I can say about playing live. Playing live is without a doubt the best way to give back to people. The experience is close and personal for everyone in that room at that time, and nobody will feel that exact same feeling ever again. It’s great.
Lance – it can be really difficult for an original band starting out. People seem to be more concerned with the amount of tickets you can sell as opposed to if you are actually any good and some of the rates you get back are shocking £6 per ticket and the band gets £1 back lol and that’s for gigs between 50 and 150 miles away from where we are from, its really about doing it for the love. I think gig swapping is what’s happening now from what I’ve seen with bands not using promoters. Playing live is amazing and can definitely help with your following because someone will always say “oh check out this band I saw last night”. So it definitely helps people record things on there phones, take pictures and that gets shown around.
Tucker – its quite rough as in there’s a lot of tribute bands and that’s what people seem to like in this area, but there are places that do support live original music and hopefully these places will grow. I think things are starting to move in a good way. There are some amazing pubs/bars, sometimes its just worth the effort of finding them.
What plans do you have for the future?
Tucker – write some new tunes with our new drummer ben!!!! And get recording.
Lance – yeah just keep writing, we have a few different ideas kicking about and lots of ideas for songs and play some more gigs. We are building our YouTube channel up so that’s something we will be focusing on.