Ef – Interview

von Benjamin am 28. April 2010

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How did you come to collaborate with Kapitän Platte? How did you get in contact?

Niklas: It started one and a half year ago. They wrote e-mails to us saying: We are going to start a vinyl label and we want you to be our first release. At first they wanted to release our first album but it turned out to be our new album. And we asked ourselves if we should give them the rights or if we should choose a label that has some reputation. But they were really enthusiastic and all three of us like people who have got a flame in them and burn for something and not just talk.

Daniel: And they have done an amazing job. Promoting the shows and doing release partys and the vinyl album just looks great. It is not just a mass production.

Tomas: They really had a vision and they could prove that they could take this vision four or five steps further. And they put up the money and time for the whole project.

You post quite a lot on Facebook recently. How important is that social networking for you and do you think more of it in marketing purposes or keeping the fans informed?

Tomas: We want to keep very close contact with the fans. I don’t even want to call them fans. We think of them more as friends. We want to stay in contact with our friends.

My favourite song of yours is “Bear”. There is a part in it where you hear just the sound of very fragile voices but since you play instrumental-/post-rock, how important are voices for you? When do the voices come in?

Tomas: That is nothing we plan. When we make music, at first we only have fragments and some ideas. And then we come together and see what we like, and when something is missing we might add a synthesizer, a guitar or maybe a voice. But nevertheless we also want voices inside the songs. When you mention “Bear”, I think that the voices inside that song tell stories even though there are no lyrics, just “ah ah ah”. The voices are like instruments.

Daniel: For all of the songs we make it is feelings that the music resembles. And from those feelings we write lyrics. We never write the lyrics first and want to put them inside the songs.

From that point of view one could say that there is nothing political about your lyrics?

Niklas: No. I think we are all pretty sure that we shouldn’t sing about things that people can be hurt by. We want the lyrics to be open minded so the people can relate to something they want.

Daniel: I really love to see people having their own vision about our songs and our music.

Your new album was produced and recorded by Magnus Lindberg. How much did you contribute to the production and to what the album sounded like in the end?

Tomas: I would say 97%. We had a very strict vision of how the album should sound like. There were a few moments on the album where he said that it wouldn’t work, so we re-worked it.

Daniel: Before we finished this record we had like five or six different versions of every song and we have a very good communication within the band, so that we always can agree on a final version. We really understand each other and so we ended up with the record that you can hear now. We jam a lot when we write a record and we never think too much about what we are doing next. Because we

are such good friends we seem to sense what the others like or don’t like. Everything was very thought through.

Niklas: The record was recorded digitally but the equipment in the studio was very vintage which was very exciting for us. We played versions of the songs and then we put it down and wait for one week and then we played them again to see which parts stay in the song which parts don’t. Like the song “Longing for colors”. When we were just the three of us and we played it, it sounded so much like punk. And the others said: it is not punk! And I said: it is punk! There were like 40 versions of the song. But there were parts that Magnus Lindberg wanted to skip in the recording but we wanted to keep, so we kept them. But we trust him and we really like what he did with the record. It was a real pleasure working with him and we will work with him again. He is like a sixth member now.

Speaking of members, there were some line-up changes recently?

Niklas: EF has been Tomas, Daniel and me most of the time. I see the other guys more as a project, we never know how will attend the band for the tour. Two weeks before the tour started we were still lacking a driver and musicians and we are always asking friends around us to follow us on tour. But we were a little tired of all the different musicians around us, so before recording the new album we cut all the loose ends and just focused on the three of us.

Is there a big scene of Post-/Instrumental-Rock Bands where you live in Sweden?

Niklas: There are a lot of bands around us like Audrey, September Malevolence, pg.lost, Scraps of Tape which have now split up. Everybody knows each other and we are all working on our stuff. But there is no real big scene in Sweden.

Since the music industry has changed because of mp3s and illegal downloads, people are going out to see bands live a lot more than before. What do you think about that?

Niklas: Unfortunately it is not quite like that in Sweden. Even when you play bigger venues in Sweden, it is hard to get paid for the accomodation and for food and the gas. And people are asking why we are touring so much in Germany, but it is like heaven here. We come to Berlin and get a hotel and food and everything. It is really nice here. But Sweden is not a bad country to play music, it is just that our kind of music is not played on the radio and we are not famous, so we don’t get paid much.

When you say “our kind of music”, you obviously mean intrumental- or post-rock. What do you think of that tag or that gap between instrumental music and classical rock music? A lot of bands really don’t like to be called “post-rock”.

Daniel: People want vocals, I guess.

Niklas: They want to be guided through a song and they want hooks and I don’t know if we can give them that. And we know that a lot of bands are saying that they are not post-rock, that they are progressive-ambient-something just because they don’t want to be in that genre but I would rather call it post-rock because…

Tomas: …why not?

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