Where do all the bands in the world come from? There seem to be a never ending supply of bands that I haven’t heard of. Like FREEDOM FUEL. But that has been corrected now. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Freedom Fuel is a name of a Spiha song. I think its a good name and it means to us that, in a cliche way, to do what ever we want and have the band as a vehicle for that. So a bit of our history in that name as well.
We were lucky to have that name. Its quite difficult to come up with something cool these days. Every cool name is taken. “Black” this or that is not a option for us:)
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-Founding stones and house gods are pretty big words. I believe that everything you´ve ever listened or heard will somehow find its way into music that you make. I like to think that our music is so versatile that everyone hears different things depending of their own musical background.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-It’s much harder and it takes more self discipline to play slowly. To really mean something while doing it. . Also it’s more interesting to have a slower piece between faster songs.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-Yes a total different animal playing live. You can rehearse for years and be the king in your room. But live, all strange things happen, technical problems, too fast tempo, forgetting which part to play, forgetting lyrics, but when the gig really goes on autopilot, that´s the best reward. I really like to play live, we all like.
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 think that there is a professional for every job in the business. Our job is making the music, the songs, albums. Label´s job should be to sell the fuck out of it. This isn´t always the case of course. I´m just saying that I might be good at making music but I suck business wise. I think it is a good thing that you can get your music out easily but the down side of it is that many people have the illusion that everybody can make good music easily.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-If someone should buy our album the reason for that is probably our music. These people are music fans and i think there´s a difference between music fan and fan of “the band”. Kids are different today, if you know what I mean. We are not a poser band that is not our cup of tea. I trust in our music and style and our ideology. People who like to think for themselves and like to challenge their thinking and like music that lasts longer than the newest smart phone are our possible fans. So, maybe things are not gone bad at the end of the day. For us , anyway.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Well the name of the band is good to be there. There are lots of artists, who are very good on album covers. Just pick one up that you like.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country
-The scene..right. Well, metal has had a relatively big following in Finland and in Scandinavia for a long time. But we´re not a metal band so I don´t know how we set on that scene. Generally guitar based loud music isn´t the hottest thing right now. Maybe it´s coming back. I don´t give a shit. We´re having fun.
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?
-Its always been tough to manage a band. Now I think its better than ever. When I started a long time ago, we had to make demo tapes and sell them on gigs and maybe one shop took 2 of them for sale. Now you can spread your music much easier. Of course it has to be good. Same rules still apply. Of course money and financing studio time is always tricky. But If you like what your´re doing and do your best, usually some kind of reward will come…
What lies in the future?
-Gigs, gigs and hopefully more gigs. We truly believe that true bands are made on the road. There´s no way around it. And the world is going more mad every day so there is no shortage of things to make songs about. This is what we love. Making music. Making music that we love.