WENDING TIDE is a really interesting one man band. I was totally stoked the first time I heard it. Answers by Solomon. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Wending Tide, and it’s predecessor Bereft of Empathy, has always been a personal musical outlet that I’ve pursued first and foremost to express emotions I’ve felt during various phases in my life, weather that be times of joy and happiness, or sadness and introspection.
That pursuit has not changed, although now I feel greatly rewarded and validated that there are others my music resonates with.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-I don’t think people harbor prejudice against my music because of where I’m from. I’m not really active in the local scene so Wending Tide is a project that exists mainly on the internet. It offers so many opportunities for bands to get their music out there to a global audience, and people from all around the world share and support my music.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-After The Painter was released, I immediately began working on the next project before I received in feedback on it’s reception. I generally don’t take creative advice from anyone because I believe remaining as true to myself as possible, will results in the most authentic artistic expression and that is what fans will connect with in the music.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-As well as the significant learning curve of mixing and mastering the EP myself, the most difficult part was recording the vocals. Every other instrument could be tracked silently using software and headphones but tracking the vocals made a lot of noise. I was anxious the neighbors could hear me and that made it difficult to put in 100% during the takes.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Never had the pleasure. The kind of analog equipment needed to produce high quality recordings, like the stuff used in the sound city documentary, is only found in big studios. So far, all my music has been recorded at home.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-Often it’s a relief when the music is finished since I find the later stages of production (mixing and mastering) quite tedious. I don’t consider what people will think of it during the writing process but after its released I love getting people’s thoughts on it.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics are very important to me because while the music conveys emotion and atmosphere, the lyrics directly tell the story within each song and the EP as a whole. The experiences that inspire the lyrics on the painter are deeply personal and I’d rather not share them, but for the most part, they relate to love and loss. My hope is that listeners will be able to relater their own experiences to them.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The artwork is very important to me too. It’s the first thing that draws me to a band’s music.
For Wending Tide, usually I try to find artwork that best represents the emotions of the music in an abstract way.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Currently, Wending Tide is a one man project with no live presence although I would love to get other musicians involved and do live shows.
What do you see in the future?
-At the moment I’m writing and recording material for a full length release.
As I said earlier, at some point in the future I would like to get a full band behind this project and begin live shows.