We are all a part of a scene whether we like it or not but MOTHER FEATHER seem to transcend the boundaries of scenes. Answers from Ann.Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-To harness big feelings, lift myself up, and save my life!
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
-I wear my influences on my sleeve. I throw ‘em in a blender and drink them like a breakfast shake every morning. They are part of me.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s damn hard! But worthwhile— and so much less interesting if it was easy. The person who gets the bulk of the credit for helping us realize
and deliver this album is our producer Joshua Valleau. He stuck his neck out over and over and to help us realize and deliver the best
album that we could. It also wouldn’t have been possible without Metal Blade behind us, so we’re extremely grateful for that too.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Perhaps, but I’m not too worried about it. Before we were signed to Metal Blade our approach was to record and release 4-song EPs because it made more sense an an independent outfit to focus our efforts and turnaround music for our fans quicker than we could have making a full album.
I for one feel that the change in 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 music?
-Maybe it will kill the music industry as we know it, but as long as there are humans, there will be music.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Very enthusiastic, for the most part. We ruffled some feathers when we were signed to Metal Blade— mostly die-hard metalheads who were pissed off about a rock and roll band on the label. (Sorry not sorry!) The thing that gets us the most attention is our live show. It has been the centerpiece of this band since the beginning.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I absolutely love connecting with our fans all over the world and seeing Mother Feather t-shirts pop up in all corners of the globe. We have a superfan in the Ukraine who I’m frequently in contact with, fans in South America, far-reaches of the UK, Japan, all over.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Writing and performing your own music is real power. There is the unlimited potential to do and say exactly what you mean. I don’t take that lightly. We are also running our own business, so everything we do is an opportunity to do something meaningful in an ethical, sustainable, wise, and creative way.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-NYC has scenes— there is no single live scene. Mother Feather works in a multiplicity of them, which I think accounts for part of our success building a diverse following.
What plans do you have for the future?
-I am very excited to see where this album is going to take us— particularly geographically! Japan is still at the top of my list, with the rest of the world a close second.