LANFEAR

I have the outmost respect for a band that has been going for 20 years and still stick to their guns. If you haven’t discovered LANFEAR yet the time is definitely now. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-Wow. Still the same question after more than 20 years. It’s a character from “The Wheel of Time”. Our bass player was reading the books back in the days.

There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-I don’t think that’s an intentional decision. Maybe it’s a mixture of automatic influences and the more obvious preferences you have. From album to album the style evolves. Or let’s say at least that should be the case if you want to keep your music interesting.

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-There’s surely no single greatest influence and I hope that’s obvious if somebody listens to our albums.
It doesn’t matter to me if it’s Pop, Rock, Death Metal, proggy stuff or Jazz. I like almost all kinds of music.
Of course I can’t really tell what influences me when writing songs. It’s for sure not only music that has an impact on me.

How important is it to have a message as a band?
-To be honest. I don’t really know if we have a message.

Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-I think it’s important nowadays cause it really arouses the interest of the people. However, we don’t have an image and we really give a fuck. It’s the music that matters but people more and more seem to forget about that.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-I would say it depends. It’s not that important for me personally in the here and now but I remember the days in the record shop when I just bought an album because of the artwork.
There are not that many record shops in 2016 left but I think it’s the band’s first chance to arouse the interest of a (maybe) future listener.

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-Not that much. Seems the scene is pretty dead around here and always the same bands play in the same clubs.
I never wanted to be a part of that. People lose interest if they can see you live four times a month.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-I think after 20 years there aren’t that many places left. In our early days we really were overwhelmed if somebody ordered an album from overseas etc.

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-To be honest, I really don’t know. Club scene seems to be rather dead because there’re are so many festivals.
I also think we don’t play the style of music people discover in a live situation.

What does the future have in its womb?
Who knows.

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