With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to FOREVER AUTUMN. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-I have noticed a small anticipation. The Forever Autumn following is hidden in secret places throughout the world, but when they catch wind, word begins to spread.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-I feel that the continuity of the album itself is more important. While there is an order to the release of the albums, they are each their own completed werkes. The continuity of the record should flow and make sense of the current experience and expression.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-It was not difficult to come up with the sound of this album. I, Autumn Ni Dubhghaill, write all of the songs. It may take a bit to agree with myself on the final cut, but we manage.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are very important. They work together with the musique form the experience. The lyrics are another form of expression. Sometymes they are essential but sometymes unneeded, though one should never fill the lyrics in haste or without consideration. Topics consistent with Forever Autumn, especially with this release are linked to the Other World. They take the experience of walking between worlds and bring back the shamanic medicine to impart on those who would listen.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The cover art is also of utmost import. I use my own visual werkes as the cover images, whether a photograph, evidence of a performance or an installation. Often I tell others that my musique is what my art sounds like and my art is what my musique looks like. This is especially true in the expression of the cover art. How much do I decide? The werke often decides for me.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-I have not had the pleasure of working with a label. Thus far all have been self-released. It is a long and costly process, but one that seems essential, especially these days, or at least in my experience. I feel the only negative effect of musique being so readily available as you said, is that it all gets convoluted. There is just so much out there that one can easily become overwhelmed. I feel that it is much more difficult these days to find new bands, but I know that others may think the opposite.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-Downloading musique seems here to stay. It haes become a necessary platform for releasing musique and I understand it’s benefits. A wider audience haes immediate access to my werke which is a great thing. Much of it however is so faceless that it takes away from the experiences of meeting the bands and seeing new things live for the first tyme. Though I may prefer my older musique formats, I do not condemn this new modernity, I only try to adapt.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Specific nationalities are not important. The musique is not geared toward or marketed to a specific demographic. It is there for all to take from it what they will. Forever Autumn is based in the U.S. but over the years I found that most of our following is spread over Europe. I try to make it available to ev’ryone. It is my intention that it reach those who would most benefit from it.
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 don’t worry that musique will ever die, though it may constantly change forms. Musique is the soundtrack to each of our stories. As long as there are stories, as long as there is expression, there will be musique. Worries as a band may come into things such as affording the release of a new album or how to reach more people. Then there can be the worry; how long will the rest of the band be able to do this with me? As long as I am here, accompanied or alone, there will be Forever Autumn.
What does the future hold for you?
-I am hoping for good things. We have been doing this for a long tyme. I am hoping that the near future reaches the next step in Forever Autumn. I am hoping for a progression into positive things. I don’t know much of the future. I have seen only fleeting images, but there will be more albums, more shows, and more Forever Autumn