Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Inquisition: 047.Coastlands

1. How did you came up with the name of the band?

The name Coastlands originated from a collaboration between Nick and Jason. There was some legal distribution ties with the old name (Ainsley) and we wanted to distance ourselves from the individuals involved. We decided that a mutually inspiring area for the both of us was the coastal region of the pacific northwest. Viola! Coastlands was born.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

Typically an idea or riff is made, and brought up and we start making it a song. Much of the new record is compiled of ideas and progressions that we have had stewing for the past 2-3 years. It was amazing how the ideas just meshed perfectly together. We started playing and everyone would join in and we would slowly craft the songs.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?

Our influences come from a combination of our personal backgrounds. From metal and hardcore to hip hop, math rock, folk and ambient.  We all listen to everything when we are at home, the musical collection between us all is very diverse.

4. Which is the one album you can't live without?

Jordan: ‘Intimacy’ by Bloc Party
Rick: ‘Admiral Fell Promises’ by Sun Kil Moon
Jason: ‘Ghost’ by Radical Face
Nick: ‘The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place’ by Explosions In The Sky

5. What's the first record you've ever bought?

Jordan: ‘The Funeral of God’ by Zao
Rick: ‘White Pony’ by the deftones
Nick: Either ‘Nimrod’ by Green Day or ‘Enema Of The State’ by Blink 182
Jason: Either ‘Life In General’ by MxPx or ‘Act Of Depression’ by Underoath 

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?

Jordan: Russian Circles
Rick: The Calm Blue Sea or This Will Destroy You
Nick: Explosions In The Sky or Mono
Jason: Copeland

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?

The internet and blogs specifically have helped so much! We were very surprised to hear people in Israel and Singapore were listening to our music. Several incredible people have reached out to us via Facebook and Instagram to let us know where they are from and how far our music has reached.

8. Do you support the idea of Bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?

I absolutely support Bandcamp and the name your price idea. I have gotten some amazing music free and cheap music that way. That’s how we discovered Hammock, now one of our all time favorite bands. The whole structure is so intuitive and is built to help you succeed. We’ve made a good portion of additional proceeds from fans being abundantly generous and paying more than the minimum. P.S Thank you to everyone who  purchased the album via Bandcamp, we can’t thank you enough!

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Hopefully still recording music, playing shows and progressing in our music. As long as we don’t slow down and keep challenging ourselves then we are bound to succeed.

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?

I think that artwork is very important, especially in instrumental music where you are using the music to paint mental imagery, the album art can really help to set the overall theme.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

‘Moonlover’ by Ghost Bath and “Beneath Medicine Tree’ by Copeland.

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

Vinyl is great! It always has been and always will be. We hope to be able to press vinyl here soon, it looks cool, and the sound is so warm and unique. I wish everyone had a record player and loved vinyl. However, as far as preferable media we might lean more towards digital strictly due to the fact that it makes your work openly accessible to anyone, anywhere.

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?

In my experience in Coastlands, I remember the time that Jason and I were in the studio and we finally nailed this drum track and it sounded perfect with this technical guitar track. We erupted. It was very exciting seeing everything that we had conceptualized within come to fruition.

Coastlands released their second full length album "Come Morning, A Radiant Light" this month, be sure to check it out!

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