PAST THE FALL is a band to be checked out. Answers from Will. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-It’s definitely different, but I wouldn’t call it pressure For sure when we make an album the emphasis is that this is something where we want to leave no stone unturned in terms of its attention to detail so we can really deliver something that resonates with our harshest critics- us!
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-We do have ideas, schedules and avenues etc we want to explore when releasing a record, but ultimately we have learnt through experience that being overly reliant on results can stunt long term growth, we prefer to stay open and fluid to opportunities, the current corona virus situation being a great example of how things can get turned upside down in a drop of a hat!
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-Its very cool! Sometimes even a little perplexing- there are songs that I think naturally I get a different kick out of due to time and performance and when people are like ‘oh so and so is amazing can’t wait to hear that!’ Its really nicely surprising as it can be totally different to what I expected, kinda makes it really cool in a way to give the songs over to the fans in that way, and ultimately really humbling.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Definitely not when it comes to sound- we’ve always just followed what comes out of us for the music, and we write to serve the song not ourselves or what we imagine to be congruent with previous music. Perhaps when it come to logos and art style we have in past, and it seems to go in phases, the art content is mostly driven by the music.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Not really! I grew up pretty isolated and it was really hard to get bands out in to the wider world so when I found fellow kindred spirits it has been much more focused on individuals than social groups.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-To be honest that part is relatively easy, you just have to be yourself and embrace what you sound like not what anyone else sounds like, your own musical history and disposition will shine through, although that’s made it difficult in the short term as people have often struggle to categorise us other than just ‘metal’!
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Musically I love heavy music, but I listen to a lot of everything from hip hop to electronica to sitar to funk to jazz whatever sounds good really! I get inspired by mountain/rock climbers (playing in a band feels like a lot of the sacrifices and up hill battles I hear in there tales). Science/mathematics history and discussion gives me a lot of hope that there is a positivity in the rational and creativity of all the best things of humankind. For me yes, I believe that the music I want to create should have a message- life is the ultimate adventure and music an art to reflect that.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-It depends, we sell lots more CD’s on tour, and when we’re marketing the sales are mostly digital. I can’t really speak for other bands, but I have worked in the music industry professionally for over 10 years and concerts by far and away are the driving force behind sustaining acts now, some of my older colleagues have told me about the days (80’s/90’s) when essentially touring was a loss leader to drive album sales, so in that sense there is paradigm shift from that period.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Personally I’ve gone completely digital, I have some some nostalgia to when I bought albums in physical, but the most important thing is the music as that’s what moves me, and with travelling a lot and being quite busy digital is the best way to get as much of it as possible into my ears! With the band we offer both as I think that physical has a really strong place and sense of ceremony to it and having the artwork/lyrics is so cool with a record, I miss that!
What lies in the future?
-When we get out from lockdown, we have some rescheduled shows to confirm and get back on the road as soon as possible!