I know nothing about DREAMARCHER. But I do want to know more about them. So hence this interview answered by Ruben Aksnes. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We had been playing in a lot of different constellations and as freelancers for some years, and played in a band together that never really went anywhere. So I think we felt it necessary to do something of our own that was really thought through, something close to our hearts. So that was at least part of the motivation for starting Dreamarcher.
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?
-We haven’t really been working so much with the intention of creating a sound. But the fact that we have been playing a lot of jazz and improvisation-based music earlier, and also pop- and electronica, has probably colored the way we do things. I think that to create your own sound, the best way is to actually not think about it that much, and just be true to yourself. Never try to do anything you think other people want you to do, but do what feels right. In the long run that will shine through and help you create your own sound and style.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?>
-The creative process can be a little tricky, but we are very good at having specific ways too make and ensure progress. Kim is for instance a loose cannon and extremely good at new ideas and ways of doing things. So he usually just shoots with all he got, and then we refine his ideas. With that being just an example, it is important to really know what each one in the band is best at, and then embrace that, instead of thinking that everybody has to be equally good at everything. That just won’t happen. The hardest part of releasing songs is the money. Or, for us at least – we wanted to do things very good, and we didn’t just want to release something that no one heard about or noticed. Because of that, we worked on getting a label and other people that could help us with the release and the costs for a long time after we had recorded the album itself. And I think it payed off You need to patient, and that is not always so easy. Of course you can get lucky and just release a song on Soundcloud and your career just flies off, but that would just be luck. Our experience is that good plans with realistic goals always pays off, no matter how boring it may sound
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?
-Yes, and that is some of the things I addressed in the previous question. I think that it is very dangerous when bands and artists try to do everything by themselves. It is so important getting feedback and input from other people. Also getting someone else’s opinions on for instance the songs or the mix or production or whatever. I don’t like crossing the boundaries of engineering/mixing with being an artist. Some people like to do it that way, but then you need to be extremely talented and good at watching yourself from the outside in, not inside out. Production on the other hand is something that is a more natural part of being an artist.
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?
-I think this is something very specific for genres. Jazz and metal, in my impression, seems to have an audience that is more into buying records still. But I also think that the streaming-business and companies has a responsibility to review the model they use to pay the artists. I think a lot can be done here. Also the fact that it is harder to sell records does so that you need to earn money somewhere else. And I like the thought about this. One should not always just assume that the way things worked in the past is the best way of doing it, and always try to keep things as they were. Things will always change, and there is no use in trying to keep that from happening. I’m not saying that the way it is now is good, but the fact that people need to crack their minds a little to survive will probably also do something good in the long run.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Hmm. We have had nothing but good response. People seem to like it. I’m not quite sure what concrete things you are addressing here, but one thing that we have gotten some attention on, is our vocal sound. The blended, dark and collective vocals on the record that also is blended with screaming. That was a choice we made together with producer Ashley Stubbert. He was very important in refining our sound and what we are. Also a good example of why one should work with other people.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We have heard that we have a few fans down in Italy, and that is really exciting. Always good to hear that people like what we do, and especially when they aren’t biased in any way, that they know us from before or things like that.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-As we have studied music and been doing music for most of our lives, most of our friends is also in bands – so the answer is yes. We also have some bands that are close buddies, and we kind of think of each other as brothers, wich is really great. It is nice to try and help each other becoming better musicians, bands and in reaching further, instead of thinking of music as a competition where you don’t want anyone else to succeed.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Absolutely. We see ourselves as a live band, and in addition to building an audience, playing live also makes you a much better band as a while, which also helps in the studio We always see that playing live is gaining more fans, and also more loyal fans, I think.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Right now, we are finishing the writing-process for our next album, which we will record next year. We are also working on gigs and festivals in Norway for 2017, plus a support-tour in Europe during spring. We are really stoked, and will keep a high pace, trying to play a lot live and release a lot of great music – so we’ll see what the future brings!