THE END OF ROSALINA

I don’t know Rosalina so I have no idea why THE END OF ROSALINA even happens but she does leave a great soundtrack behind herein the form of this band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-We formed The End of Rosalina in the ashes of an old band, which existed for about seven years. We we’re fed up with our process of creating songs, constantly disagreeing on the direction, so instead of fighting, we laid down some ground rules for writing songs. This actually made it interesting again, because it gave us the freedom and creativity to mature our songwriting, within a defined area of the music. We all have different musical backgrounds, growing up with very diverse inspirational influences, ranging from jazz to black metal, so we sat down and picked 10 songs each to define where we wanted to go with our sound. Within these songs, we found the common ground for The End of Rosalina to build from.

As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-We are immensely proud and happy with “Black Smoke”. We build the studio our selves from the ground up and recorded everything there, that gave us the opportunity and time to find the right sound and setup throughout the whole process of creating the album. We have also been very good at finding the right people to help us in the process of mixing and mastering – they immediately understood where we wanted to go with the sound and the music, so we feel that the final product is pretty amazing. As we evolve as musicians, and look back at the album, there is always details that you want to alter, but the album as it is, stands as a harmonic whole that we find darn near perfect.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-The interpretation of the band name is really up to you, the listener – but to us The End of Rosalina signifies many both different and similar things; a memory, a feeling, a person, a place or a state. The End of Rosalina symbolizes the end of one era as well as the Phoenix that rises from the remaining ashes. The band name is also part of the complete universe we want to create around the music.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image is actually a rather big part of the bands self-perception. It is both the visual cues we use as well as the atmosphere we are trying to create in the music and around us. To us, a common thread in the artwork, sound, lyrics and image is essential. We want to display the dualistic nature of humans, the contrast between the well-dressed facade and the dysfunctional inner core, the beauty of a dissolving rose, life and death – both contrasts and yet immensely intertwined. This is the image and impression we want to come across with as a band.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is very important to us – we went through several drafts before finding the right art work for the album. Actually we exceeded our deadline and had to ask for more time, to get to the result we were satisfied with. We feel that our album art has found the right balance; a clean visual aesthetic, yet still a powerful atmosphere.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It has mostly been beneficial and social media is an effective platform to connect and communicate with people on, but there certainly are some downsides too. With the constant information-flow on social media, your messages quickly drown and become yesterdays news, so we are all kinda struggling to remain relevant and fresh, to keep people pushing your “brand”. Then at the same time, we don’t want it to be just more noise in peoples lives.

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-In our experience you certainly are part of a giant community, but that community extends to a lot of people outside the music scene as well. We’ve found that through interaction on social media, you get in contact with just as many interesting people, via your friends, family and fans. Of course you tend to interact differently with other bands, sharing stories about experiences on the road, who to avoid or who to contact, the reputation of venues and studios as well as other bands.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-It is not that important today, actually I think a lot of musicians can handle that part pretty well on their own. What labels can do, is to help you with the network you just don’t have as an aspiring artist as well as the weight of their name. Magazines, venues, blogs etc. tends to pay a little more attention, when you have a well established and well known name behind you.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-As of now, we have concentrated on touring in Denmark, but we are planing on expanding to northern Europe in the following year – so we actually don’t know how hard it is to get gigs outside the borders. Touring in Denmark though, can be an uphill battle, rock music is generally not that highly valued in Denmark these days, so gigs can be hard to come by.

What will the future bring?
-For now, we are concentrating on the coming shows and planing next years touring, but we will also start working on new songs for a future release. We have talked about an EP, but we might easily end up recording a whole album again. Besides playing live, some of the best things about being in a band, is when you are in the studio, with the time and inspiration to create and record music.

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