THE FILAMENTS

I cannot say that I am at all familiar with THE FILAMENTS but there was something about them that made me want to interview them. Done by Jon Fawkes, vocals/guitar. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-It may sound strange, but I don’t know the answer. People gauge things these days by how many clicks they get on a like button online, but that’s meaningless to me. I make records cause I have a desire to do it, and if nobody buys them then that’s ok and I’m still going to keep making them. We have enough people into the band that we usually have pretty good shows, we are thankful for that.

Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-I don’t think it matters. I think a sense of identity is a strength for a band, but if you want to try something completely new, why not. That said, we have stayed true to a certain approach and style that I think has evolved but not changed dramatically from when we first started.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-No, we all bring something to the creative process, but we all have grown up on the same bands and understand each other’s influences to keep it focused.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are very important for me. It’s usually the lyrics that are the starting point for me. I don’t progress with songs if I just have a riff. It’s all about what a tune is going to say and that’s usually the spark. Content wise I’ve always been more interested in commenting on the world around than what’s going on in my heart.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-We have a great friend, jordan lloyd that does our artwork. He has been close with us from day one so understands the band, is incredibly talented and always works with us to make a concept that suits us and or records come to life.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-I think it’s really important. The fact that anyone can upload music now means that there is always more out there than you can ever listen to. The label plays a part in grabbing peoples attention where it might otherwise be missed. I feel that now that music is so instantaneous, people are less likely to get into a whole album. It’s certainly true for me, I hear single songs online these days, but I can’t remember the last album I learnt by heart the way it was when you listened to CDs.

I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-I have no problem with people downloading music. Culture should not be under lock and key. You have no right to make music from your art, and if somebody wants to hear the band, I’m humbled by the fact they download it. Sales obviously help keep your head above water, but if nobody was buying, it would just mean saving for longer from the day job to pay for the next recording.

Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Well I wouldn’t know anything about breaking big. I’m not sure I’m interested in the process of breaking big. I’ve seen friends bands picked up by big labels, they have stylists telling them what clothes to wear, it’s all bullshit. If an artist has something there, brings music from the heart, that’s what it’s about. Marketing is something else aside.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I have no worries as a band. Playing music is a fun privilege and I am lucky that in my mid thirties I can still eat together with some friends and make our art. Life overtakes so many and music has to go on the back burner. I don’t worry about the industry.

What does the future hold for you?
-More shows, more records, more beers. It’s a simple philosophy!

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