TORNET is a band that I wanted to see live when they played my home town but I had to work so I had to settle for an interview instead. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-In the beginning, Tornet was actually another band called Alma Mathers (with Thomas, Tomas and Daniel).Then Martina joined and Daniel switched from vocals and organ to drums, and we found our sound. We´d played with several bass players, until Andreas joined in 2014. Our main purpose is to play music that we like, be together and create. Our name Tornet comes from the tarot card, The tower (XVI), which follows immediately after The Devil and is interpreted as meaning danger, crisis, sudden change, destruction, higher learning, and liberation. When something new is created something old must be destroyed.

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 sound?
-We think that our sound is created from the diversity of the musicians we are. Andreas and Thomas come from the black metal scene, Martina and Tomas from the classic rock scene and our drummer Daniel is really into jazz and prog. Even if our music influences overlap, most of the inspiration comes from music that we like such as Dissection, November, Coven, Hansson & Karlsson, Jefferson Airplane and more. The sound is also affected by the lyrics, mainly written by Martina, and how she alters the lyrics into stories, and portraits them on stage.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Making, recording and releasing songs is hard work as you know and whenever we set out to do it, it takes forever, mainly because the mixing and after procedure takes time. The creative process of making new songs and record them, usually takes less time as we have our own recording studio now and record the songs live (as we want to reflect our live sound). But it can be hard to find the time to focus between work and everyday life.

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?
-Yes! You´re right, and in doing so, we sacrifice an album in some way. We think part of this is to stay in the moment and try to release as soon as we have something new, rather than waiting until we have the material for an album. With that said, it´s not working out that great so far, considering that we haven´t released anything last year. But now we have a 7” on the waiting to be released on the Gothenburg label, Alley Cat. We have also just finished mixing five new songs that we aim to release soon.

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?
-We actually think the opposite, that free music is great! The reason is that future for music is playing live, comparing to the 40’s, when there were tons of bands and places to play, though most of those bands didn’t have record deals or representation. We think music now is more interesting than it has been for a very long time, just because of the fact that it´s easy to reach out to new listeners. That´s how we get all our shows booked, people hear us and start talking, although we haven´t released any physical material yet. Our city Gothenburg has currently a really good atmosphere for bands and we think that is one of the reasons why Gothenburg have so many great rock bands.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Many times, people doesn’t know us before our shows so they often get surprised, ha ha. The response is often positive, mainly because we get the chance to play with great bands in good venues in front of great audiences. And when people actually see us live they get the full experience, rather than listening to recorded material. Most attention is about Martinas on stage expressions and vocals as well as the melodically sound, represented by Thomas guitar solos, and also the change between Swedish and English lyrics.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We actually have fans in Morocco, that’s pretty cool!

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?
-Sure there’s a greater community in music today. We´ve met a lot of great people and made many new friends when we´ve been on tour. Being a part of playing with bands and musicians that we really like and listen to, is great!

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Of course. That’s actually the main reason of how we get listeners in the first place or more booked shows. We played live for years before we even shared any music at all online, it´s like one show almost always leads to one or two more. Playing live and spread our creations, it’s really what it’s all about for us.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Right now we´re in the process of writing new songs, we actually just moved our rehearsing space to a studio, so recording will be easier in future. We also have five new songs on the way to be released. Also we have a few shows booked at Swedish festivals. And in between- we create, live and breathe. For something new to be created something old must give way.

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