Interview with: Nathan Lee of Forever Changed
When & Where: 01.03.05 // Via: Instant Messenger
Alright, firstly, how did your frisbee golf party go?
It was amazing! I think total we had about ten people come out. Which is less than last year's turnout, but still, it was such a fun time.
That's great. Glad it was a good time.
How was your New Years and what was your New Years resolution? Do you think you'll be able to stick to your guns and accomplish this?
Honestly, I've always been against having new year's resolutions... mainly because I can never follow up with mine. I mean, why wait until January first to lose weight? I dont know. But my resolution this year is to grow my beard out as long as humanly possible... like ZZ Top. I don't know how far I'll get with that one, though.
You know what, I feel the same way. I guess it's all the hype of the New Year. That's going to be one, serious beard.
I think it will scare a lot of people.
Let's sure hope not. haha.
More importantly, for our readers, can you tell us a little bit about Forever Changed?
Sure! Forever Changed is a rock band based out of Tallahassee, Florida. We've moved around from Tallahassee to Niceville to Orlando, but now we're back in Tallahassee. We've been playing together for roughly five years. We've done some touring outside of the southeast, but not too much. So I think to most people, we're a brand new band.
Yeah, and that's why I'm here.
Due to the many genres of music out there that people like to lump bands in nowadays, where would you say Forever Changed fits in? How would you describe your music?
That's really tough. Our influences are really diverse, and I think it shows through the music. I've heard every genre used to describe our band, from emo to metal. We're certainly not either one of those - it's mainly up to the listener. We really like to focus in on the songwriting and not so much about writing these crazy-technical parts. I guess I'm just rambling now. I'd say we're a mix between Jimmy Eat World, Further Seems Forever, and Cave-in. Your basic Indie-rock sound.
Which really, leads me to my next question. The band's influences are the likes of whom?
I really wish I could list them all out for you! We're pretty open to all kinds of music. It's everything from Radiohead to The Police to Keane to The Eagles. There's so much good music out there that it's hard to pinpoint exactly who influences you. (sorry if my answers are a little too vague!)
Hey, you're answering my questions, and that's all that matters. I'm not one to complain.
Currently, the band is signed to Floodgate Records. How did you guys get introducted to them and how is your relationship with them?
We've always loved Floodgate. Some of our favorite bands are on the label, so we've always thought very highly of them. They were first introduced to us through a show we were set up to play with one of their bands, Number One Gun. So they got in contact with us and the relationship just grew from there. From day one it's been nothing but great things. Tim Taber and the rest of the Floodgate staff and all of their bands have been amazing. I feel like we're in really good company.
That's awesome. Good to hear.
You guys are set to release your new record, The Need To Feel Alive, in March. What can we expect from it?
I think the whole record came out pretty powerful. It was definitely a challenging record to make, because we just wanted to be as real as possible. Our producer James really got involved in the process more than just hitting record and mixing the tracks - he became the fifth member of our band. The chemistry was amazing. We spent a lot of time working on the instrumentation. There's some piano and programming - we had never really focused on those things in the past. I'm excited to see how people take it in.
Wow, that's great. You actually, just answered not one, but three of my questions with your answer. Good job!
Ha! What were the questions?
"How was the in-studio process? Did you attempt Any new approaches this time around and did you set any challenges for yourselves?" and "How was it to work with James Wisner, did he have any sort of influence on the album." haha.
It's like i'm psychic. Do you want me to expand on those questions a little more?
I was just going to ask, so, you cheated.. care to share if you have any magical powers that I should know about? No, actually, I believe you elaborated enough with your answer, why answer it again? You'll just be paraphrasing yourself. haha.
Well, I wasn't going to tell you, but yes... I stole a copy of this entire interview. So, I know every question you're going to ask before you say it.
You evil, evil man.
Are there any songs on the album that you're particularly proud of or any tracks that you feel stand out significantly from the others?
I think it's a good problem to have when you can't pick a favorite on the record. I'm most definitely proud of each song. There are two songs on the record I think I could call favorites, "Romance In Denial" and "Knowledge". Romance was just a song that completely came together in the studio - we weren't sure how it would sound coming out of it, and now that we're done I'm pretty blown away by what we got. Knowledge gives me chills when I hear it - it's a really stripped down song that shows how blessed and talented our singer Dan is. The song is mainly him and a piano, and I love it!
Oh wow, that's cool. I can't wait to hear it!
Let's talk a little bit about the musical side of the band. Now, how do you think you have progressed as a band since, say... your first full length, Drifting Into Amazing.
Writing and recording Drifting Into Amazing was such a learning experience. I still love that record because it brings back a lot of really good memories, but luckily, we've learned to become better songwriters and musicians. We used to just write some really cool riffs and throw them all together in one song... it wouldn't make sense at all. I think Drifting has some pretty good moments on it, but it doesn't have anything I would want to play ever again. It just doesn't represent us anymore. Obviously we've grown up a lot and become a little better at our instruments. So I think it's safe to say that this new record is better all around.
So wait, do you mean you aren't going to be playing those songs anymore or you would be okay not playing them anymore?
Well, occasionally at shows we'll get a request for an old song that we don't normally play. I don't mind playing them every once in a while. They're pretty fun. But yes, I don't think we're going to show up to any shows this year with the intention of playing our really old stuff.
Well, yeah that's always expected. But, I like it when bands throw a couple of their old ones in there. If you know what I'm saying.
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. I wish some of my favorite bands would pull out old stuff. We'll have to see. We may surprise people with a few older songs here and there - it's mainly that we just think most people won't know our old stuff.
I see that you guys are already scheduled to play shows up until, what, July! That's crazy. What sort of expectations do you have, if any?
We're definitely going to be busy this year. I'm really excited to be doing so much traveling and meeting new people. I don't have very many expectations other than some amazing times with my friends. I have no idea what the crowds will be like or what cd sales will be like. Honestly, I don't really care all that much. I don't think we're wanting to be in a band to be accepted. We're doing what we love and using the opportunities that God has given us. But I hope people like us, because that means I'll get to meet new people and hopefully make some new friends.
Do you think you guys will be hitting, oh I don't know, Buffalo at all, soon? haha.
Actually, yes! I think that's one of our stops on our February tour with He Is Legend and Classic Case.
Okay, you get to have a little bit of fun with this next question.
If you were to create an infomerical about your record, what would you tell your listeners?
When I think infomercial, I think really horrible actors testing out products on television at three in the morning! So try and imagine the four of us trying to sell you a knife that could cut through a shoe...or something like that. Except our knife would be an album. But really, I think I would just tell people that it's a great record to listen to if you want to be challenged. It's not a record of good music with no meaning. There's a lot of thought behind it. A lot of positivity and challenge to be somebody different. To be a light in a dark place.
This is my last question. Give one piece of advice to the social called, "punk" music scene and how it can improve.
Good question! We did a date on last summer's Warped Tour, and I got to spend a lot of time walking around by myself listening to bands, and I found the common theme of all of these bands was that they were against something. Something was always wrong. It was mainly about our government and our president, but I heard so many problems with our country and our music scene - I didn't hear a single bit of positivity. I didn't hear anyone stand up for something they believed in. It was just constant complaining. (hold on, i have more)
I just think it's the in-thing to be opposing something. Punk and the indie music scene have always been about individuality, and all I see now is a giant movement of standing for nothing. I think I would just like to see that change.
You know, I attended and covered our date on the Warped tour for the last two years, and at both of those shows, I noticed there was a lot of that. It really did, disgust me.
I think it was mainly this hate for America that a lot of bands have. Regardless of your political views, it's really disturbing to hear someone say they hate where they live.
Well, thanks for doing the interview, I appreciate it!
No problem! Thanks for wanting to do the interview!
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