Thursday, September 28, 2017

Artist Spotlight - Stars in Coma

Since its formation in 2006, André Brorsson and his Stars in Coma has released a prolific stream of albums and EPs and toured several countries in Europe. The Malmö, Sweden-based band’s productions, spanning seven full-length albums to date, draw inspiration from a variety of genres, including guitar rock, disco, funk and electronic pop. The Confessional Sun, an album dealing with the passing of Brorsson's father, was released in 2014 to rave reviews in both native Sweden and abroad. 

In 2017, Stars in Coma has put out two brand new full-length albums, following a three-year writing process. In August, the 80's pop-inspired Escapist Partisans was released, while Defunct Summer, a collection of more symphonic folk-pop songs, saw the light of day in September.

US indie music site Obscure Sound has called the band’s sound a mixture between “ABBA’s orchestra-laden and punchy pop to the idiosyncrasies of contemporary Swedish songwriters, like Jens Lekman and Eric Berglund,” while the She Turns the Tables music blog described them as a combination of “surf rock era Beatles, low fi bedroom ballad of Montreal, extraterrestrial psych rock Flaming Lips, and at times dropping a synth line you’d expect from the likes of MGMT”.

1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?

The music business is just a necessary evil when you're a musician - it's something you need to deal with even if you don't want to. I don't find it necessary to be a part of the music business just for the sake of it.

2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don't get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?

I care about making good and interesting music, and hopefully that is what makes it interesting for the listener/fan as well! 

3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?

I've been indie for as long as I can remember, but it would sure be nice to get the backing from a major label. It's fun to do it all yourself, but it can also wear you out if you're not careful.

4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?

Yes, it has changed a lot since 10 years ago and of course even more compared to 20 years ago when buying records was still a thing.

5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?

10 years ago Myspace was still quite big and an excellent way to network. Nowadays an artist's online presence is more scattered over Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and various music-related sites that try to imitate what Myspace did but fails. Also you need to pay to get likes on those platforms which is also a factor to consider. It all boils down to getting likes, which is definitely a different thing compared to the 90's where every alternative band struggled so hard to be as indie and obscured as possible.

6.) What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?

I would probably be a musician regardless of possible hardships cause that is such a strong force within me, but the passing of my father in 2012 definitely shaped the lyrical content of 2014's album "The Confessional Sun".

7.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as "sell-outs." Do you see it that way and if so, what do you plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to "sell out"?
I don't see anything wrong with making a bit of money from your music, as long as you're sticking to the music you truly want to make. I've licensed some of my songs to get some money for instance. What I think is kind of problematic is when you're actively adjusting your sound to earn money, because I think you can track the dishonesty in the music somewhat. I think that's why I don't really like any of the new mainstream artists save for a few.

8.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?
When I do music, I want to create something that is melodic, heartfelt, honest, beautiful and personal, and I hope the listener hears and feels those emotions within the music.

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