FOREVER STILL

 forever stillThe Danes have always been a bit more free spirited than us Swedes but when it comes to hardrock/metal Denmark has nothing on Sweden. FOREVER STILL are here to change that. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-We’re a female fronted rock band from Copenhagen, Denmark. My co writer, Mikkel Haastrup, and I started out in 2010 and added live musicians to the lineup a few years later. We’re 100% independent and fully in charge of our own recordings, artwork, videos, booking etc. In 2013 we released our first official EP “Breaking Free” and in late 2014 we released our second EP ”Scars”, which is part one of our debut album – a concept album following a suppressed individual struggling through depression, anxiety, and worthlessness as well as possible self discovery in the end. On April 2nd we’ll release the first single called “Awake the Fire” from our third EP.

How does this new album compare to the previous ones?
-On our Scars EP I feel like we’ve been able to open up a lot more, and everything is just very raw, honest and in your face. We wanted it to be somewhat imperfect to reflect someone falling apart and trying to put all the pieces back together. On “Breaking Free” all the music was from the heart, but I feel like we were still holding back a bit in fear of that complete vulnerability, which is as beautiful as it’s terrifying. This first album-EP is the dark beginning, where the second one is gonna have more confrontation.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-Not really, it all came very natural and has developed together with us as a band. When Mikkel and I first met, he introduced me to a few instrumental ideas he had for the project, and I was immediately on board. Since we started writing together our sound has progressively changed, but we’ve always wanted to take it in the same direction, and I believe everything has worked out for the better. And with Mikkel being a top notch sound engineer, we get to take complete control of our own sound from start to finish, and I honestly think the execution on his part is flawless.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-The lyrics are of great importance, and I’ll usually work on the lyrics over several months. Sometime it takes time to get that perfect line for a specific song, so I allow myself to make changes up until the very day we record. Sometimes it can be a silly little change of one word or changing the tense of something that’ll just make it all come together for me. I deal with the emotions fed by the instrumentals. They always decide what the theme is going to be, and then I write from my personal experience on that topic. I’ve already explained some of the themes we’ve been working with for the Scars EP and full album, and it does take some guts to go deep and dig up all these uncomfortable things that are much easier to hide and try to forget. Hopefully this will be therapy as much for the listener as it is for me.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Also the artwork is very important to me. It’s a visual representation and an extension of the music we make, so it has to be up to par. We make our artwork ourselves, so we decide everything from the starting concept to the finished product. I want the artwork to produce the same emotions as the songs do, and I love working with symbolism and hidden meaning with focus on all the little details. Part of the beauty is to make art which is open for interpretation, and will mean different things to different people. It’s the same with the music.
Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
-Thanks to online networking and social media we’ve been able to grow a fanbase around the world. Some the top locations at the moment are The United States, United Kingdom and Brazil, so we’re definitely getting around. We’ve encouraged our fans to suggest their cities for touring, so we know where they want us to go, which has also been a great opportunity to get to know more about our fanbase and plan our tours accordingly.

Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
-That’s an interesting question, I haven’t really thought about that. For starters, it’s a very small country. Denmark is very fond of easy listening dance/pop and folk/indie, so metal music isn’t getting much media coverage or help being pushed to the top. Another thing, I think, is that Denmark has a very strong social security system, which makes people a little too comfortable (if not lazy) and not willing to take big chances needed for a professional career in music. Being a small, ethnocentric country I also believe that plenty of people have a hard time standing out and believing in themselves, also because the Danish audience and critics are much harder to impress. Or so they claim, though I suspect a lot of them go around liking things, which they are afraid to speak of for the fear of being “not cool”.

What is your local metal scene like? What status does does your band have in the national metal scene?
-I think the underground scene is doing their best getting some exposure for the upcoming metal bands, and some bigger acts are also being booked as well. At the same time we see a lot of artists skipping Denmark when touring, because the scene is too small for a medium sized touring act to draw a big enough crowd. Recently we were at a metal show with 3 medium sized US-metal bands (we’re talking 250.000-1 million Facebook fans) who together couldn’t even sell 150 tickets. That’s just fucking sad. This is why Danes go to Sweden for festivals and shows. Due to the above mentioned issue, we haven’t focused a lot of our energy on the Danish metal scene, but rather on building a fan base abroad. By now, a lot of people here know who we are, but it does help being the only female fronted band in our genre in the entire country. I’m not even joking.

What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
-I’ve never concerned myself with outside opinions on my career choice or just metal music in general. Either this type of music is your thing or it’s not, and both are totally okay. When I was younger, people were busy telling me that music was just for fun, and that I needed an education and a steady career and all that safety bullshit. Getting older I’ve grown more confident in my choices and my talent as well as my determination to be happy rather than safe. Now most of the people I talk to about what I do are genuinely excited hearing about it, because it’s a seems like a completely different world from theirs, and maybe it is. Maybe there’s that part of them, which never took a chance and still dream about what it would be like, if they did.

What does the future hold for you?
-Hopefully our adventure has just begun. We still have so many things we want to accomplish. Develop our music even further, get better at everything we do, explore new opportunities and visit our fans around the world. Music is genuinely the only thing I see myself doing for the rest of my life. But there’s not much else to do than put in the hard work and take one step at a time, and see where the world takes you.

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