|Hi Kristoffer, how are you doing?
I'm doing fine. Just a little nervous about the upcoming release. Will anyone listen? Will anyone care? Why am I doing this? =) All those kind of questions keep spinning in my head.
Last time we spoke you were about to release the first Easy October album, what has been going on since then?
Well, it's been a couple of productive years since the first release. The upcoming album will be the fifth since the start in 2013. And besides the writing, recording and releasing periods I have been touring a whole lot. Especially in Gemany.
Since the first album, there have been some changes in the Easy October line-up. Who are the current band members?
The current line-up consists of Pontus Blom (bass), Patrik Carlsson (drums), Fredrik Askerdal (keys/pedal steel) and Christopher Liberg (guitar). A bunch of great musicians and also my absolutely best friends.
If you could choose any artist active today, who would you put in Easy October and why?
Hmm...a hard question to answer. The guys I'm playing with now are amazing in all aspects. But if I had to choose I think I would have given a call to Amanda (Slowgold) and asked if she wanted to join us =)
Recently, you opened for the legendary Mark Olsen, how was that experience?
It was really great! Mark and Ingunn are really lovely persons and they had a sweet audience.
What can you tell me about the new album, Tangled up in Black?
Well, I believe it's a bit different from what the experienced Easy October listener is used to. It's more of a straight forward pop album. I think. Or maybe not =). The production is cleaner and it tends to move more towards Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles rather than The Band and Neil Young.
Who/what have been the biggest influences for Tangled up in Black?
We said to each other that we wanted to give the more polished sound a go. That we just might have a shot to get some rotation on the radio. But we never wanted to become some sort of an electronica/DJ act.
Do you have any favorite track(s) from the new album, and why?
I'm really proud of all the songs and I believe that it really is a great ALBUM. But one song that comes to mind is “Shake, rattle & cry”. A song I wrote together with Fredrik in the band. It's got some nice lyrics combined with a bittersweet melody.
How do you feel you have developed as an artist from the first album to the new one?
I think I'm in constant motion and always tries to find new ways to write and record. It's hard for me to say or see how I have developed. But hopefully my singing and writing has developed for the better.
And then the same question, but how do you feel the Easy October has developed as a band from the first album to the new one?
Since we have played quite a lot together with this current set up I guess you can hear that we are even more of one unit now than before. We have had the chance to really get to know each other both as musicians and people. I feel very confident when I am with these guys both on and off the stage.
I finally had the chance to see you live, which was great. What is the best thing about playing live? And what is the worst (if anything)?
It's the immediate reaction from the audience. Definitely! That you're able to see and hear peoples reactions to the songs. The worst part is when you're playing bad venues, where it feels like you're just a drag and something necessary evil. That has happened a few times.
When I saw you, you were playing with Songs of Boda, another Swedish act. Are the any other Swedish bands or artist that you can recommend to our readers?
There are a whole bunch of great swedish musci, as always! But I would recommend Berg & Bedragare and David Neuland.
What is going on with your solo career at the moment? Any plans for future releases?
In many ways Easy October is my “solo career” as well. Since I do solo shows and also record solo and in other constellations. But when it comes to singing and writing in swedish under my own name, Kristoffer Hedberg, I think that will have to wait for a while. But it pops into my mind now and then.
What does the nearest future holds for Easy October?
I will do a few solo shows and also a few shows with the whole band as well. There will be a tour in Germany in june and I really hope people will listen to the album. Other than that I can also say that I recorded a new album during the easter break. So that will probably be released as vol.3 in the Nowhere but here-series. I don't know when but....I've also started to write songs for a country album that I hope we can record this summer =)
Do you have any final words for our readers?