In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with WARFORGED. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Warforged was the last resort name suggestion from an old member. Nothing more. It’s cool to have a good name but at the end of the day, for my music experience, at its core, a name is only a means for which listeners can locate the band. A band name could be far more, but for us it is not. The fun is in the song / album titles.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-I (Adrian) am the primary songwriter for I: Voice, Essence Of The Land, & Two Demons. As for heroes: Trent Reznor, Michael Gira, Greg Spawton, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Steven Wilson, Jonny Greenwood, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, System Of A Down as a whole, Tigran Hamasyan… among many others. I enjoy music intensely and all of these people have provided me with hours upon hours of music that I’m still dissecting.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Of course. Everything can always be adjusted & improved to better suit the mood of the whole.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Absolutely. Different songs / arrangements / gear for different stage environments. To hear I: Voice exactly how it sounds on the record: a good sound system, a couple extra backing tracks, and proper practice will do. But the songs can be stripped down to sound good played in a garage as well.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-For many reasons, from pre production to receiving the masters, the process took nearly a year and a half. For our sanity, I would’ve liked to cut that down to a couple months, but that’s just the way it is. There’s not as much disappointment as there are lessons learned to employ for the next release.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-At the time of writing, one can find Warforged tunes through our social media, music videos and the blogs that write about them. We’ve been lucky enough to be noticed and spread around primarily through word of mouth – without a PR budget and ad money spent (this is changing for the I: Voice promotion cycle). In the internet age, a visual component to the music is necessary for growth and it provides an opportunity for the artist to clarify their vision through a different medium. This isn’t an absolute – just my opinion. If the visual (music video) is good, I usually like the song a lot more and the band earns more respect / trust on my end. Do more with what you have and have fun with your ideas – because at the end of the day: music, among many other things, is entertainment.
To me, artwork can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Perhaps obvious, but your album cover has to be recognizable in a split second. Think of how much music there is in the world and the attention span of the average person surfing the internet or the person (with arguably a slightly longer span) flipping through records at the store. Minimalist or grand, at bare minimum it has to stand out. That aside, it’s up to the artist how fitting the art to the music and how aesthetically pleasing or offensive.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Not yet, no. We’re still young and new and trying to turn some heads. That said, thanks to the internet, we’ve built relationships with fans of our music new and old as well as our peers in the industry. There is still a lot of ground to cover, however. Community is colossal for any band, no matter the age or genre, period. From success of Rush, The Grateful Dead, Slipknot, Chance The Rapper, Plini, to what can be seen from our peers in The Artisan Era Society Facebook Group. That’s community. Welcoming folks in to your social bubble with the music and providing them with something worth staying for – whether it be knowledge, entertainment, or just conversation. It’s not easy, and because of its difficulty I can usually respect a band out of the gate of they’re able to foster positive community, but that’s the goal.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-I think the quality of the live scene depends on where you are and what artist you’re seeing. In Chicago, for example (my opinion, not the absolute), between 10 & 20 years ago, Dead To Fall, Oceano, Veil Of Maya, and Born Of Osiris were all skyrocketing and going to their shows was always like a big family (Hot Topic-y) party. That was when they were the middle to upper middle echelon. In the past 10 years, the middle class of bands has slowly started to reform and I think there is a strength in the scene that is growing. It’s not there yet, but it’s growing. The bands that make their live show into a unique experience AND foster community are the ones that get the big draw and push through.
What does the future hold?
-Touring. Lots of it.
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