1. How did you came up with the name of the band?
Reinhard, me and some other friends started the band before we could even play any instruments. The name Our Ceasing Voice is based on the importance of people to speak up for things they believe in. And the danger of not doing it.
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?
Nowadays, we can't really jam because we're all in different cities. So, since I'm the main songwriter, I'm just recording ideas, songs, demos, whatever you want to call that - and show it to the others for opinions and suggestions. Then we write and record from there.
3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?
I think we all have pretty broad influences. As a musician it's important to always keep your eyes and ears open. I listen to a lot of mellow singer-songwriter stuff, rock albums, ambient - I love melancholic music.
4. Which is the one album you can't live without?
That changes from week to week, but I guess it's either be Matthew Ryan's Mayday, or Stars Of The Lid's Refinement Of The Decline.
5. What's the first record you've ever bought?
I can't really remember, but an early one I do remember is a Greatest Hits Album by Roxette. The Look and Joyride are still guilty pleasures of mine.
6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?
Obviously, I'd love for our studio collaboration with Matthew Ryan to be transferred to the stage. I can imagine us to tour with a mellow ambient act, like A Winged Victory For The Sullen or Hammock.
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 has been our main medium for spreading our music. Since we started in 2006, we've always been huge supporters of the internet-music-scene. It's really great to see our music spread around the globe. And like your questions implies, it's all possible because of the internet. The further the music travels, the more surprising for us it is though.
8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?
Bandcamp is awesome and so is Spotify. Clearly, there are certain issues that need to be addressed, in terms of fairness to the artists and labels, etc. Music needs to be worth something to people again. Bandcamp and to some extent Spotify too, are trying to show them exactly that.
9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Somewhere on a lonely island. The Caribbean maybe? Seriously though: As a band, I hope we'll have put out a couple records that we've enjoyed making and played some shows.
10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?
Why wouldn't it be? Just because most people don't hold a CD in their hands anymore, doesn't mean that it's become obsolete.
11. What is you favorite album cover?
I can't pick a favorite, but the last one I really liked was The Wooden Sky's cover for Let's Be Ready. It's just a picture of some café or diner, but it's intriguing and somehow captures the mood of the record perfectly.
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?
I listen to music on Spotify, vinyl and buy MP3s on bandcamp. I think it's cool to have something to collect and to look at. And I buy them in order to support artists I like.
13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?
There are many moments we'll never forget. Seeing people enjoy what we're doing is great. Being on stage is an incredible feeling. And for me it's always the first chord we play that makes me feel alive.
Our Ceasing Voice are in the studio recording their third album and planned some shows in October.
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