FATAL NOSTALGIA is another band that I discovered on Bandcamp. Listening to the music I knew that I had to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
Fatal Nostalgia is comprised of just myself. I’m a 21 year old male who lives in Massachusetts, and I prefer working on music individually rather than with a band because I don’t have to feel restricted, conflicted, or at odds with any sort of scheduling issues.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-I started off thinking that my project would be much more of a depressive black metal style, but after working on early recordings, I always found myself much more influenced by dreamier sounds like blackgaze and post-rock. Plus, my sound is based entirely on emotion, so I just play what I’m feeling. It’s funny because sometimes I want to go for a very specific sound but wind up creating something completely different, but I think that it’s good not to restrain oneself to a one predetermined genre or idea. I like to have room to experiment.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It can be quite difficult for me, actually. I’m a very musical person, but I prefer either listening to music or just playing one instrument for fun rather than as a project. The main issue is motivation. I can be pretty lazy and apathetic, sadly. But when I do actually get into making music, I find the biggest issue is thinking of which directions I can take things. I’ve never really formally composed anything, so everything I’ve ever done is almost entirely improvised, which compliments my personality but at the same time, I occasionally wish I were more organized.
Also, I have a weird way of recording, especially with guitar parts. I’m a drummer first and foremost, so that’s easy for me. Ambiance and electronic production also comes more naturally. But I’m not very good with guitar, so I have to do a lot of cutting and looping rather than playing straight through. I keep guitar parts very simple for that reason, and that means that my drumming has to be toned down so as to match the guitar playing. It’s unfortunate because I’m very confident and proud of my drumming abilities, but I can’t really go all out given the nature of this project. I’m thinking of starting some sort of alternate project that will be heavily percussion based for that reason.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-I never had experience with the “traditional” means of releasing music; everything has been digital for me. I’m not a very sociable person. I don’t like the idea of having to go out and distribute my music to people, and I have zero interest in every performing live. So, having access to digital mediums like Bandcamp and Soundcloud has been an ideal way for me to do things. I do like communicating with people, just not necessarily in person.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on CD?
-Yes, actually. Sometimes when I finish a song, I’ll feel inclined to post it immediately online even though it would probably ruin the “surprise” of it being on an actual album. I don’t really like the idea of releasing singles either, because I feel like they’re kind of pointless – I’m much more fond of EPs and LPs, especially because singles seem to take away from the overall context of things.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-I’ve generally experienced positivity, and it’s been highly encouraging for me! I’ve received a fair deal of criticism, but the majority of it has always been constructive and agreeable. I’d much rather people be honest with me about my music than pretend like it’s amazing just to spare my feelings. There was one review I read that really complained about some of my vocals on “A Gathering of Ghosts” but I think the person who wrote it was just ignorant about metal vocals as a whole; I do honestly think my vocals on that album weren’t good, but I’m saying the reviewer just didn’t really seem to understand the concept of metal vocals.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The most surprising thing to me is when other musicians reach out to try and collaborate with me. I’ve had a handful of great artists try and do this, some of which I’ve known beforehand and enjoyed their music thoroughly and others of which I’ve never previously heard of but really enjoyed getting to know. Sadly, I suck at this sort of thing so none of the collaborations we discussed ever happened. I’d like to apologize to those artists, but it’s probably too late now – we just stopped talking.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater communityplaying in a metal band?
-Sort of. Mainly, I see myself being compared to similar artists and it’s just interesting to think of my music being thought of alongside the likes of so many great bands that I myself am a fan of. I don’t necessarily feel like I’m a part of a community, though. I don’t mind either way.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-I’ve never played live and I don’t plan to do so anytime in the foreseeable future. I just don’t have any interest in it. It’s not so much about anxiety or fear as it is just disliking the idea of putting myself as the center of attention. Maybe it’s a lack of something in myself, but I don’t like being watched like that.
What plans do you have for the future?
-I’ve been slowly working on a new album entitled “Hyacinthe.” It will likely be the most uplifting and ethereal release of mine, but I’m still working out all the details. Otherwise, I don’t really plan things, I just sort of randomly work at my own pace on music and see where that takes me. My only real hope is that I continue to make music that people enjoy, that I can interact with fans and like-minded people, and that I can always be passionate