With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to KAFFIMANN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name 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?
– Many years ago I was trying to come up with a internet handle or nickname for my online identity if you will, and I wanted to base it on letters that I have in my own name. So after a short process I ended up with “Kaffi”, which translates directly to Coffee, it was a bit short so I eventually decided that KaffiMann was suitable. I love a good cup of coffee, but to really appreciate this wonderful beverage I find I have to limit my consumption to truly enjoy each cup properly, so I usually have a single cup of coffee every day. To me, KaffiMann is my identity.
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?
– Not sure if it’s noticeable, but a lot of inspiration comes from various electronic genres in the period from ca 1988 to 1996. Also looking at quite a bit of jazz, funk and blues mostly from before 1980. Classical music is also a big inspiration. My main goal is to create something that I would like to listen to myself, and hope others can learn to like it too.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
– Slower parts or tracks can sometimes be more difficult to get right, it often requires a more fragile balance between the various sounds and harmonies.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
– Not sure how to reply to that, hoping to get close to the something like “Squarepusher” someday, not there yet, or perhaps ever.
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
– Very happy to have a label supporting me this time, my first release was done by myself through various online platforms. It’s very difficult. The biggest problem is that music is not really something people have to actively seek out, seems to me that to the vast majority of people music is just background noise to get through the day. To me it’s very sad to see that music does not demand any kind of active effort or commitment from the listeners, I remember making a choice to smash the piggy bank and using that hard earned money on various singles and albums. At an early age we all want to oppose our parents somehow, the most common way to do that is through music. Now everyone gets into their own information bubble and usually stay there, with modern day technology we get isolated from active choice, and for the most part remain oblivious to the wonders outside our individual spheres.
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?
– Interesting perspective, I think that we are not only losing listeners to other bands of similar type or style. Some evolve their tastes in different directions or even to specific mastering and creation techniques. I’ve seen a lot of young kids going back to music from before brickwall compression became mainstream, many end up between late 50’s to early 80’s somewhere. So I guess the positive thing would be just that, perhaps people are looking for music that does not give them a headache.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
– Personally I prefer something natural, usually a picture I’ve taken myself and can identify with. But it could also be an interesting created graphic of some kind, I’m not good at doing cool poses so trying to avoid that myself, Hahah!
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
– I am not really part of the metal scene myself, but I do know a very good guitarist from the band Frail Grounds, and he’s the most polite person I know. There are two colleagues at work that play in two different bands. I also know someone from a band called Bacon Torpedo that are very good, and my younger brother has connections to people in Glimmerskifer. The various forms of Metal are strong!
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?
– Personally I buy all my music, some I get on CD’s that I rip to FLAC, some of it on a site called Junodownload.com, most of my 24bit collection comes from hdtracks.com, sometimes I find a little bit on Bandcamp. I have some vinyl but I’m very into building amplifiers and speakers, so absolute fidelity is more important. Vinyl mastering usually sounds very nice but you cannot beat a good 24bit/48-96khz that’s properly mastered. I worry that the coming generation will not know what good sound is, because all they have is the speakers built into their phones, tablets or laptops. My nine year old has about ca 300 liters worth of speakers in her room to battle this potential problem. Prepare the next generation for a serious battle!
What lies in the future?
– If you’re asking me a question like that it makes me seriously considering replying something like:
Death awaits us all! Mwahahahah!
But that’s probably not to everyone’s taste, and my honest reply is: Hoping to evolve further as a musician and human being, that someone will enjoy some of my music, and that technology will make it possible for me to store my “being” during my lifetime and essentially help me live a productive “life” for at least 200 more years. So many things to do and learn!