FORNDOM has a new album out that needs to be checked outAnders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-I would say that my feelings on the latest album is rather split. Partly I feel happy with it, but another part of me feels that there are many parts that could have been a lot better. I think it is good that you use a good amount of time on songs, to let them sink in and be reconsidered, but in the same time I think there is also a limit to that, and sometimes you just have to let it go. As this album was also very personal, there are also some songs that I avoid to listen to myself and which I even had hard to finish, but which I still felt was needed to be expressed.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-I wanted a name that was rather open yet very specific, and stumbled across the old scandinavian word ‘Fordom’ that carries the meaning ‘a long time ago’. But to put some more originality to the name itself, yet specifying it a bit, I combined the scandinavian word ‘Forn’ (ancient) with the suffix ‘-dom’ which lead to a word that carries the meaning ‘of what is ancient’.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Ofcourse it means a lot to have people appreciating what I do. But in the end it is not the reason why I do this. I would never let myself be controlled by what people expect to hear. First and foremost my music works as an expression by myself for myself, and if people appreciate what I do, then that is ofcourse great, and I feel thankful for all the support. But even if nobody would be there to listen, the music would still be made. That is how it started, and that is how it always will be.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Well, personally I would say it is rather important. Yet the music should be able to speak for itself and not be dependant on the image. When it comes to Forndom I’ve always tried to keep my private life as much as possible out of it. With other words I rarely post any images of myself, because I simply think the focus should lie in the music and everything surrounding it, and not the person behind it. Forndom is a project that strives to reflect the philosophies of old in a serious and honest way, uncoloured by the pop-culture of the modern age.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-I think this is equally important as the previous subject. Because after all the artwork is what makes us get an image of what the music want to say and get closer to the atmosphere of the music. But then again I also think that the music should be able to speak for itself. Many of my favourite songs within the classical world have nothing like this bound to it at all, yet they awoke more within me than most things. Thus the absence of images also leave the music more open for interpretation.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I think social media is great to reach out to a wide audience around the world and I cannot really see any negative sides when it comes to an artist point of view. I am rather negative towards social media in general, but when it comes to its benefits for artists, I think it is just great.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Forndom is not a band. However I think culture in general is really important when it comes to the sense of belonging, and the lack of culture or lack of cultural freedom also makes people more depressed and unmotivated. The feeling of belonging somewhere is crucial to people’s well being – whether it is in a small or larger context.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-The focus of Forndom lies on the music itself and not to perform concerts. Forndom is a not a musical project that focus on entertainment, but rather of own reflection and philosophy. Therefore it is not the quantity of concerts that matters, but rather the quality of them. I never apply for any concerts on my own but only take concerts by inquiry.
What will the future bring?
-Not much is planned under the current circumstances. But hopefully we will see an end to the current virus situation soon enough. In its shade I have already started to prepare slowly for the next composition