By: Crimson Thunder
Delays with interviews seem to be standard with me. But what I managed to do this time is quite unique. I requested the interview with Enbound mainman, Mike Cameron Force, shortly after my review of their great debut album, And She Says Gold, which was at the end of May. I managed to finish my questions and send them by the end of summer and now here I am, in 2012, to present you the result of my effort. If you can, forgive my delay and head back to sunny, hot, summer days and read something interesting about the background of expectional power metal band, which managed to record really unique debut.
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)Hello Mike. I am sorry that I can send you the questions with such a delay. I wanted to make this interview happen some three months ago, but due to many things I am able to send the questions to you now. But on the other hand, thanks to this I can start this interview from a bit wider perspective. The summer time is slowly coming to it´s end, so how did you enjoy it? Did you have any holidays and time to spend with your family?
Yeah it has been great! I had 4 weeks of holiday, just came back from Tunisia and Sahara :) Is the summer time an opportunity to switch off a little bit from the band related duties? Do you perhaps have less rehersals?
Not for us no... we work every day with the band and record things and try new stuff. We haven‘t rehearsed together yet so it’s the same as always, no rehearsals at all, haha! But in the summer it’s the opposite, we work more in the summer cause we don’t have so much other work to do, so we can put more time for Enbound.Some bands have rehersals on regular basis while others don´t for example thanks to distance among the members. How is it with ENBOUND?
As I happened to reveal in the previous question, we have never rehearsed with this current lineup. We have been on stage only once, and that wasn’t even live, haha, but it was when we recorded the video for „Combine The Souls“. However we talk a lot over the phone and internet because it’s very important still keeping in touch when you are so far away from each other. Let me now get fully to the band related questions. You formed ENBOUND in 2006 but the debut album was released a few months ago, at the end of April, 2011. I think this is quite natural question that you´ve must have heard many times. Why did it took five years to release your debut album? I think it must have been a combination of more factors – from finding the right members to composing and recording itself. Am I right?
Yes the band was formed in 2006 but we had some problems puting togheter all the members and we wanted to let things take it’s time and not rush into things. We want to write music that we really like and believe in. Also we had to try many different things before we found the proper sound and song material in order to do this.How long have you been working on the album? Now I have in my mind the time from the beginning of the writing process till the final part of the recording process, not anything like searching for the right band members or searching for the label.
We wrote material during a few months, and then hit the studios and there were four studions involved and it was pretty hard to set dates which suited us all to meet for recording, so I had to travel a lot to produce the album. This process including recording took 666 days.Were some songs written even before ENBOUND was founded?
We started the band with two songs and one of them got on the album, Under A Spell. Both of them was written for Enbound by our former guitar player Jonathan Nyberg.Who is the main composer in the band? Or did each member join forces in composing?
We all write stuff and everyone in the band has a couple of percents in each song. I have been the main writer though but we all have ideas. So yes, we all join (Mike Cameron) Force!Why did you decide to sign with Inner Wound Recordings?
We felt it was the right choice for us from the three labels that showed us interest. We got a good deal and it’s easy for us to just call the record company if we have some questions or whatever we might need to talk about. And we have a lot of freedom with everything concerning the album, well concerning most everything. Now let me ask a few questions about the band members. I must admit that some names were almost completly unknown for me and maybe I am not the only one. I think that especially Marvin and Swede are not very known in Czech Republic, so let´s start with them. Could you introduce them a bit? The only thing I know about Marvin is, that he is very young and talented as hell :)
Hahaha yes he is even though Marvin has not so much life experience he compensate this on his guitar. He used to play with „Sanchez“ before Enbound. He grew up in the same neighbourhood so we knew each other. He likes a wide variety of music, from classical to bluegrass to the hardest bad ass pure black death speed metal....and Sune Persson, a very famous Swedish jazz saxophonist.
Swede is also someone I knew since years before he joined the band. He used to play funk and Dream Theater covers. He has the mother role in the band, doing my laundry, keeping my stuff safe that I left in Borås, the town he, Marvin and I are from, plus is doing all the internet related stuff.How about your singer, Lee Hunter? The searching for him took the longest time if I am right. Why did the search took so much time?
We really wanted a great singer, and it’s not easy to find great singers. We tried maybe 30-40 singers before finding Lee. I think he’s got an amazing voice and he also is a great person so it felt great when he wanted to join the band.How did you find Lee?
I found him on MySpace :) Wrote him an e-mail asking if he wanted so sing some metal and got a quick reply: „Finally some metal! Send me a song!“ And so I did, and got it back one hour later and it was great!Do you agree that singer is the most important part of the band? And if so, was it perhaps also the reason why the search took so long?
The singer is imortant, but a band is a band. Every piece of Enbound is important.
Otherwise it’s not a band, but a soloproject. Enbound is not about someone or something, it’s about everything.What about Lee´s other band, WORK OF ART? Could you tell us anything about it? I´ve listned to them on MySpace but some of the readers may not know about this band but they might want to learn a bit more.
I don’t know the guys in Work of Art except for Lee but it’s Lee’s friends back from school. AOR at it’s best I think :) They have released two albums. A little bit softer than Enbound so we are not in the same genre, wich is good for both of us :)Last but not least, I must not forget about you :) You´ve played in several bands, not only melodic power metal ones, but also in POEM, which was melodic death metal/thrash metal band. It seems that you like more metal genres and I suppose that you don´t listen only to metal stuff, am I right? What kind of music do you listen to?
I really listens to everykind of music wich give me something (in heart). A great song is a great song no matter wich genre. Everything from Sarah Brightman to Immortal!Are there some significant differences in being drummer in melodic power metal band and in melodic death metal band? It probably won´t be only in the tempo I guess…
Well the tempo is probably the most different thing. It’s more agressive on every level and it’s more about having a good stamina than feeling.You are also producer and If I am right, you´ve produced some albums for AXENSTAR and DRACONIAN among others. Have you got any other job apart from music? And is there any interesting CD that you´ve produced recenetly? Not necesserly a metal CD…
Yes I work as a janitor :) Hahaha always with music in my ears. But I only work to survive and with music I work to live. The last years I put all energy to Enbound so I haven’t produced anything for other artist in a while. The last thing was just to produce drums for a cool trash band called Leach from Sweden.Thank you for the introduction. Let me get back to „And She Says Gold“ for a while. How were the reviews so far? I must admit that I haven´t checked many of them, but I´ve seen some significant differences in ratings.
Well we are very glad for the reviews we recived. It’s four years of work and of course it’s great to have a high score on a review. Our album is pretty wide so I guess it’s hard to like every song but I think we make quality music and some of it has to grow on you for a while. Then you really can enjoy it fully :)What is more important for you? The opinion of media or the opinion of fans? And what kind of reaction have you received from the listeners?
Our fans are the most imortant for us. Media is a way of getting more listeners and fans, but we love our fans, they’re amazing! My opinion is, that „And She Says Gold“ is a masterpiece. The press release was right from the beginning to the end and I really think that the album is one of the best melodic metal debuts in last ten years. Maybe not only in last ten years. And although you are very young and maybe not that known, you´ve recorded great CD, maybe one of the best in this year. Simple question. How did you manage that? :)
Thank you! It means a lot for us and thats is something that makes us wanna do more music. It’s really just hard work for us:) And a lot of money and time invested...There are some guests on the album who are also quite unknown for us I suppose. Could you tell us anything about LaGaylia Frazier who sings in song “Frozen To Be” and the singer who sings the opera vocal in “Running Free”?
LaGaylia is from USA, now living is Sweden, and daughter to Hal Frazier. She works around the world and has done numerous shows with many famous artists. She is a great person, so full of joy, with an amazing voice. The opera part in “Running free” is Lee :) He really can sing every style!Why did you decide to cover Michael Jackson´s „Beat It“? This song seems to be really favourite one because you´re not the first metal band to cover it. Is Michael´s music an influence for you?
We had Beat It on our setlist before recording it and way before Michael passed... The idea of this cover orignates from my coverband „Mike Jackson“ ;) haha! But we all like Michael Jackson’s music and sadly he died in the middle of the recording of the song...Imagine a situation. There is a listener who have never heard about your band and your debut album. You would have to convince him to listen to your CD, but you could mention only one thing about your album. What would it be?
Melodic :)To conclude this topic, could you give us your personal overall opinion about „And She Says Gold“? Are you 100 or more % satisfied with it and do you really think that you´ve managed to create something special, or is there something you´d like to change now?
I think we did all we could on ASSG. We are very, very happy with the result and we don’t think about wanting to go back and change anything. Instead we try to do things a bit differently on the next album. Well, yes there are things on ASSG that we could have been polished more and more and more, but c’mon, it’s great! ;)If you consider your album that much special, what about your second CD? I guess it will be pretty difficult to overcome „And She Says Gold“. Have you already got any ideas for your next album?
We have some ideas for the second album and I think it will be at least as great, both musically and creatively with recording, writing and everything. I don’t want to reveal to much, but we are going to do our best to show off your creative side while retaining the Enbound sound and concept.I´ve noticed that you all can play many various instruments that are not typical for metal. For example, Lee can play ukulele according to your website. It might be interesting and original to compose this instrument into your music, what do you think?
Haha, well maybe! We had an strange Thailandish-instrument on ASSG wich ended up cool in the mix on the song „Love Has Come“ so we are not afraid to combine strange instrument as long as it gives us something and sounds cool.And finally we should speak about your live performance for a while. How many gigs have you already played? Have you perhaps already played in some faraway country which could be considered as exotic?
The band has only done two gigs, both in Sweden, but none with the current lineup. We are very thrilled about playing live but we want to record one more album before going onstage.Can you already say which country has best ENBOUND fans?
Haha if I now don’t say Czech Republic you will probably cut my head off, right? ;) I think we have most of our fans in Sweden, Norway, Germany, UK and Japan wich is typical for this kind of music.What about some tour? I am obviously interested wheter we can see you around Czech Republic sometimes in near future.
We can only hope:) We would love to come to Czech Republic and play!Have you or someone else from the band been in Czech Republic? For holidays for example?
Swede has as a kid, in Prague. He remebers it being beautiful and with cheap ice cream – that’s very important for Swede...I mean, for a kid! And he also says Staropramen is the best – I wouldn’t know since I don’t drink.Mike, I think that is all from me! Thank you very much for your time, for your kind answers and for bringing ENBOUND to life, because now we can enjoy great CD! If you want to leave some final message for your fans, go for it :) Take care and hope to see you sometimes on stage!
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