IN MOURNING

I have a couple of old records in my collection by IN MOURNIN G. But as they are old as time itself they are not representative of what this band sounds like today. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Just to play music together and to try to make the kind of music that we liked, and also to get better and refine our craft. When we started as a band we were not that good at our instruments or at writing music, but it has been a learning curve since then and we are still improving I think. The purpose is still the same, to have fun and play music that we like.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I think that when you play together for a long time it comes a bit natural to develop a sound of your own, and we also have a broad approach to making music. We try not to limit ourselves on what we include in our music and our influences comes from all over the genre spectra.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Our creative process this time was that Tobias had most of the basic ideas and riffs for the songs already written and the others came in just for the arranging parts. On the previous record it was more of a band effort, but in the end everyone gets to put their flavor and touch to the songs so it’s still not like it is a one man thing. This time for sure Tobias was the main force in the creative process though, except for the lyrics that are written by me and Björn. It’s always a hard process making a new record and I think this time it was even more so because of the line-up issues we had and some other things happening in our lives as well, getting a lot of kids and stuff like that.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-That can absolutely be the case, with todays technology it’s basically possible for anybody to make a record. That is a good and a bad thing because in one way it can help people to be creative, but on the other hand it can make the supply of music a bit too much. It’s harder to be able to find good bands because you are flooded with all this new music all the time and that can make you loose interest a bit I think. Back in the days music was something that was not always easy to access and that made it a bit more special.

I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-I think that music will always be important to people in one way or another and I think that there is great hope with the vinyl sales that are bigger now than it has been since late 80’s. So I think that it will live on and maybe people will get tired of the more song oriented playlist thing that are todays way of consuming music.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We have since our first album almost exclusively gotten good response, so we have been really lucky so far. It seems that the fans appreciate the way we are presenting our music, with a full concept and that we are trying to fit everything together with the music, lyrics and artwork to make it a complete experience for the listener.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-It surprises us a lot that we have reached an audience in a lot of places that we have never visited, for example the middle eastern countries and african countries. That is what’s so good about the internet, it is really helpful in that sense. Another example is when we played a gig in Czech Republic and we met a guy from Dubai that had traveled there to see us play, that was really mind-blowing.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-In some way you can say so yes, It becomes like a big bunch of like-minded people from different places. Some of them you meet on gigs every now and then and get to know them, we have made a lot of friends when we have been playing gigs around Europe.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It is an important thing to reach out to people and I think that the live experience in some ways reaches people in more ways than the recorded music.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We’re now much looking forward for the album to come out and then we will try to fit in as much live shows as we are able to do. It’s a bit tricky combining family lives, day jobs and tours, but we will try to do as much shows that we can.

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