There is something to END OF SEPTEMBER’s female fronted metal that intrigues me. So much so that I need to interview Erik Tordsson [vocals, guitar, song writer] to find out more. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

How far can you take this whole female fronted metal before it becomes another fad that fades away?
-I think female fronted bands will always be interesting. It’s all about bringing something new to the table. And that’s no different from male fronted bands I think.

Is there a difference in having a woman fronting the band in terms of what you can do range wise vocally than having a man fronting? Does the register become wider as to what you can do musically?
-I find that female vocals has a wider usable range than male vocals in this genre. A female can pretty much use all her register and it will sound good while a male sounds best somewhere in the middle, at least in my ears. Also I think the female vocals has a bigger range of dynamics and coloration. We use male vocals and growls as well to bring another color to the table.

3. Something I’ve been wondering is where do you find all these smooth voiced females that are into metal too? Do they grow on trees?
-No they are really hard to find. I think you need a big portion of luck. 🙂

How much has the impact of Nightwish had on the metal scene? Are they to be blamed for the resurgence of female fronted metal bands with a symphonic/operatic style?
-Nightwish is absolutely one of the pioneers in the female vocalist metal genre. Although I’ve never listened to them myself so they’re not to be blamed for the birth of End of September.

With what intentions did you start to write the music for the album? Did you have a grand master plan or was it more that the feeling dictated what came out?
-I pretty much had the concept figured out when I started to write the songs. And maybe even some guidelines on how I wanted it to sound. Then it’s been a long process and I’ve changed my mind several times along the way. But now I feel I’ve found the sound of End of September.
Swedish melancholia is world known but is there actually such a thing as a Swedish melancholy? How does that work in music?
-Music is all about expressing feelings, and melancholy just works great with metal. And pretty much everyone in Sweden is somewhat melancholic I think, maybe it’s the weather that we call “mulet”.

How do you take your music from the studio to the stage without losing too much of the feeling of the music? Is studio and stage two different animals entirely?
-For us I don’t think there’s much of a difference. Our production is not that complex that you can’t recreate it live. And I want the two to sound pretty much the same.

To me Ulterium Records still feel like a small label. How do you best take advantage of what they have to offer to further the band?
-Nowdays it’s not necessarily better to be on a big label. A smaller label might not have the same financial resources but you are important to them in a different way. They depend on you as much as you depend on them. We work close together on everything, and I think that’s great.

Do you see a specific market being more inclined towards the music of End Of September or are you intent on targeting the whole metal universe?
-What we’ve seen so far, all kinds of people seem to like our music. Even those that normally don’t listen to metal. So we’re aiming for the whole metal market and beyond.

Where do you see 2012 taking the band?
All around the world! At last I just wanna thank you Anders and Battlehelm for this interview. And for further information and samples from our up-coming debut album make sure to visit us at http://www.endofseptember.net and join us on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/endofseptember

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