With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to FOLIAN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-My music will generally exist within the heavy experimental metal sound, but Folian as an entity won’t be tied down to one type of sound, it will continue to evolve, change, and explore new ideas without repeating itself (hopefully). It will always be dark, strange, and sometimes sad.
How hard was it for you to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was a challenge to come up with a name that I can personally identify with and sort of create new meaning for, but that’s how it happened. Any other definition of this “word” that exists out there, is not my definition.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Probably Nine Inch Nails, going back to when I was a little kid and my older sister used to listen to them. I developed an interest in much rock music and hip-hop as young kid due to being exposed to it by my sisters. I’m inspired by a lot of music today, mostly new stuff that is pushing boundaries and exceeding expectations.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-I guess just the fact that some people aren’t interested in purchasing those physical items, and would prefer a simplified and sometimes incomplete version of the music, which is okay.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I use Bandcamp, Spotify, and Youtube all the time to listen to music on the go… I often purchase physically if I am into it. It is wonderful that we have this technology. I wish that artists were better compensated for their work being streamed across these platforms, but I don’t think that will kill the industry entirely, and it definitely won’t stop people from creating incredible music. I do think there needs to be better ways that provide fair compensation, though.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-It is very important, and part of the greater whole. No specific message from me, but it should compliment and offer more to the viewer/listener to absorb and think about.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Both are important. I think word of mouth and playing out has a crucial role in your music’s success in any physical music scene, but internet presence and press can have just as important as a role when it comes to reaching and engaging with people.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-I definitely feel a good sense of community in the local scene in the pacific northwest, but there are a lot of different sounds happening here. Overall a good amount of people seem to be into the kind of stuff I’m doing, and I have many friends on the east coast who I’ve been playing music with for a long time, and I think we all help support each other.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-I want to tour as much as possible heading into the future. I also have a handful of other bands I participate in regularly, so juggling all of them is the challenge but I’m open to whatever happens. I don’t intend to stop playing shows.
What will the future bring?
-New album very soon, collaborations, video projects, more shows and hopefully touring.