NANCYBREATHING is a band that I did not know of before I got sent the latest album. For that reason alone I had to know more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-Our vision has never changed. Straight from the beginning the only thing we wanted was to be heard and to have an epic time with friends and family. We want a good time for everyone. That’s why the lyrics are always direct and understandable. People schould be able to identify with it. Different people should be able to be hearing the same song while having different moods and get along with it. Everyone can find his own story in each song. That’s what we and what we are about. That’s nancybreathing.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
-We are from the coolest place on earth! The ruhr area is the mellting pott of Germany. We have a vast variety in cultur and a big, good music scene. Thus there’s a great club culture, good food and you can go from city smog to green areas very fast like the munsterland for example. Fortunately we never felt people were treating us differently then other bands as a result of where we come from.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-Feedback is always welcome. One can only get better if there is someone who has new ideas for your tunes and style. Nevertheless we wouldn’t change the way we do our music when getting negative reactions to our records. Of course we talk and think about criticisms we get. But we wouldn’t follow up on that if it means losing our feeling toward the music we do.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-That’s hard to say. We have no special work progress for something one could call a “hit”. We wouldn’t even know how to identify the one special song because for all the songs on the new album are “hits”. We wrote every song in a different mood and the progress of writing the songs were quite diverse. Some of them needed a few weeks, some of them were literally ready to record after hours. Before the recording progress starts we talk about our feelings toward each song and how we think it will sound. Some songs ended up not being right for becoming part of AWAKE. But even then we weren’t convinced all songs were. Because the most important thing is what happens in joscha’s flat after having recorded the instruments. He is a kind of a “creative director” for nancybreathing. He loses himself in creating samples for our songs. It takes him ages to reamp his guitars over and over again and to add and remove different digital instruments over and over again. That’s great.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-We never recorded analogue. A major reason is the much higher amount of money you have to spent on this type of recording. We simply can’t afford it. Moreover you have to be very well prepared and pratice disciplinedly. You can’t afford even tiny little mistakes when recording analogue. You always have to do the vry same take over and over again.
Still, it we had the chance to dot it we would love to. The sound is said to be much rawer compared to digital sound. There is no such thing as samples or reverbs or what you have that were used before. All sounds are unique. We are curious what it would do with the sound of nancybreathing.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music?-It’s one of the most stunning feelings ever. All your affort, creativity, thoughts and feelings you spent creating the music come to a halt. In this very moment nothing really matters. Obviously there are important things about it, like how to do shows, how to promote the album, how people will like it and much more. But in this very moment it’s not important at all. All that matters then is the art you just finished. It almost magical.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Lyrics are very important. It’s the heart of a song really. People have to identify with it. With our lyrics we try to create a direct connection to the listener. Thus we don’t use a bloomy language and just few stylistic features like metaphors. Still, the listener he has to find his own story for the song as there’s usually no judgement for what is right or wrong.
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-Nowadays one can get the impression that artworks are no longer as important to younger bands. For us it is the opposite. Without a proper artwork the album woud be incomplete. It’s not just about a great picture or cool looking but it has to be a mirror for each song on the record.
What is it like to tour/play gigs? To have people know your songs and singing along to it at gigs?
-To be straight, we don’t play as much songs and tour around as to be able to notice a progress in people’s growing knowledge towards our songs. Still there are some songs we play for years and once we come back playing in our home town or nearby there’s always a bunch of people freaking completely out when hearing them.
What does the future hold?
-There is quite a lot we wish and hope for. Most important always was and is to have a good time. Obviously we would like to play more and bigger showas. We hope to play some festivals in Germany and maybe other parts of Europe. If everything works out just fine we always would like to create another piece of art, album no. 3!