F41.0 might be an odd sounding name but hey, once you’ve learnt it you won’t forget it. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-F41.0 does not feel the urge to grow or gain more popularity, so there is no real intention to attract new devotees via certain song uploads or fulfilling any “image”. We provide the relevant informations about what we are currently doing and if people discover the band themselves, be it in cause of a certain song or the artwork, they´ll deicide whether to support us or not. Simple as that.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Just google the term F41.0 and listen to one of our songs. Since the name and the band´s direction are heavily interwoven you may be able to answer that question yourself afterwards.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Well, i think a strong connection to early (mostly german) 90s black- and doom metal might be obvious. But i can´t deny that i´m also heavily influenced by many alternative rock releases around the millenium. Albums like “Origin Of Symmetry” from MUSE for example. I´ve always been attracted by otherworldly sounding masterpieces of pitch black guitar based music, no matter where they´re sourced from.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-The band has to be considered as a whole concept. So music, lyrics, visuals, names, sounds and ambience are strictly subordinate to its entirety.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Back in the days bands toured to promote an album. Today more and more major bands record loose tracks to keep the devotees hungry for more live shows. As i enjoy visiting concerts (without staring on my smartphone the whole gig to shoot pics and videos) i´m not too angry about that. The feeling of a live concert can´t be reproduced that easily by machines and engineers, even though VR seems to grow quite fast and tries to substitute the real event to a virtual one.
But i´d always prefer a thoughtful, coherent album which catches the mood and the message of the artist best. The stories told, the climax, the ambience…
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It´s the visual side of the entirety. Every cover established for F41.0 tries to sum up the concept. I´ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to cooperate with such talented artists like WAEIK (who did the cover artwork for my last album “BÜRDE”) or Sascha Weber.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Sure it did. People feel more attracted by the external presentation of an artist than by what he´s got to say or how his music is sounding. To be honest: this is one of the main reasons why i´m so fucking bored of most nowadays black metal releases, since it seems like it´s more important to fulfill the whole “orthodox” concept adequate than to record enthralling, meaningful music with a unique background. Facebook continued what Myspace began, that´s the ravage of time. And sure, it´s hard for bands to ingnore those platforms. But F41.0 will never manipulate its external image to gain more “likes” or sell more records.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-No! You might get to know some people with similar thoughts or enriching ideals and, if you´re lucky enough, those contacts stay stable for decades and delevope to friendships. That´s all.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-F41.0 will never be a touring band. I aint got the time and motivation to spend weeks on the road to promote the band. We´ll keep playing several selected shows here and there and that´s it. I do enjoy to play live, if the whole setting is fitting to what we do.
What will the future bring?
-Well, the new album “BÜRDE” has been released one month ago and for now i am busy with answering interviews and doing promotional issues. Afterwards we´ll tend to play some live show to introduce a couple of new songs to the audience.
And, last but not least two new outputs are being prepared, so keep your eyes open and go visit our facebook / bandcamp / bigcartel site for more informations.