Chain D.L.K.: Let’s start by presenting who you are and how you met….
Forgotten Sunrise: The dark music gang Forgotten Sunrise hails from what used to be the middleof nowhere — Estonia. We started 15 years ago as me and my best friend Jan.We just wanted to start the first death metal band in Estonia. We couldn’tplay any instruments yet, but the will to make music was huge andfortunately we quickly found some talented musicians around us. So, after ayear we’d already recorded our first demo “Behind the Abysmal Sky” and justa few months later we got the first deal with a small Finnish label. After ayear or so our first official mini-CD Forever Sleeping Greystones sawthe light of day. In the lineup I’m the only founding member in the band upto now. Also the style has changed a lot from that time. We still mess withdeath and the darker side of music, but our instruments have changed. So Ilike to call our music Deathbeat — it’s some mixture of different kinds ofelectronic dance music and death metal. Our current lineup was put togethera few months ago, when we split with our bass player Andrey and we foundguitar player Pavel. Pavel was a FS lover for years already, and he hadasked a few times to join FS and now the time was right. We all are veryhappy with the result. Before Pavel, Gerty joined FS. She is the loveliestperson in the universe and I love her as never before. It’s so nice to makemusic together. Oh, I forgot to mention that she’s on keyboards and vocals.;))
Chain D.L.K.: How was growing up in Estonia?
Forgotten Sunrise: What do you mean, exactly? The years after Russian occupation? We have grownvery fast, maybe even too fast. Life here isn’t that easy. You know, to be apart of USSR wasn’t very nice and there is still a lot to be done, mainly inthe society. We still have a lot of conflicts between Estonians andRussians, but the younger generation can mostly live together better.Hopefully after 10-20 years Estonia will have the same standards again asbefore the occupation, at least I hope so and all the old communists willrest in peace by that time hopefully. Anyway I’m quite far from thepolitical life; I live for music.
Chain D.L.K.: How is the musical scene there, and how developed is it now?
Forgotten Sunrise: The scene has grown a lot. And more and more bands are getting attentionfrom foreign labels and music industry. The dark-electronic scene is quiteyoung here, but it’s very progressive. At my parties there are always around200 people and I think that it’s quite a lot considering that there are only1.4 million people living in Estonia altogether. We have strong metal andIDM scenes here, and a very nice indie/alternative scene. I think you`llhear soon about bands like Suicidal Romance, Pedigree, Pia Fraus, etc.
Chain D.L.K.: How have you developed your musical style? Have you recently received anycriticisms from EBM or metal purists?
Forgotten Sunrise: In the beginning, when we went from death metal to more electronic — it waslike, “WTF?” for many people. In the middle of the ’90s it was very fresh inEstonia and every new thing seems weird for people. They didn’t know what todo at our performances…. Some of them moshed, some were dancing. And manypeople asked us, “Do you really know what you are doing?” For now there areso many bands that put electronic beats, indie guitars and metal togetherand it’s not so strange for a typical person’s ears anymore. Now we get moreand more positive reactions from people. They thank us for opening theireyes. There were many metalheads who didn’t understand electronic musicbefore hearing us, and also many electroheads used to say thay that we savedmetal music. 🙂 I think it’s the intelligent music we create. Most of thelisteners of FS are at least 20 years old or older and that shows somethingtoo.
Chain D.L.K.: Having so many genres blended into your music (i.e. growling vocals, theEBM sounds, the distorted guitars, etc.), how do you decide the arrangementsof a song?
Forgotten Sunrise: Usually I just start making some beats and basslines and imagine what kindof atmosphere to bring to it. Growling vocals and distorted guitars areusually the first things I think about, but it’s doubtful that they reallywill [remain].But I try them first in my mind. If it’s too extreme even for me, I won’tput them in and will change them to other sounds that fit better. Maybe thecraziest mixture was “Surroundcosmos” on the Ru:mipu:dus album….One magazine wrote that this song is like Modern Talking meets CannibalCorpse and it works. :)) Usually I don’t like to go that far, but sometimesit works well.
Chain D.L.K.: Why did it take you more than three years to release a new album? Haveyou had any difficulties in the making of it, that you can share with us?
Forgotten Sunrise: We’d already finished Willand in Autumn 2005. I don’t know the realreason for the delay — ask our label. It was postponed 5 or 6 times. For methis album hasn’t been fresh for a long time, but I’m happy it’s finallyout. I want to release new stuff soon…. [We] hope to get most of the songsrecorded as demo versions in autumn this year.
Chain D.L.K.: What would you tell someone if they’d asked you to describeWilland?
Forgotten Sunrise: Negative music for positive results; your best friend for your hard momentsin life. Musical aspirin. 🙂 Dance music for moshing, metal fordancefloors…. For sure it’s the album that will not work at the first[listening]. So, let the album introduce itself first.
Chain D.L.K.: What does the front cover mean? Is that only a nice piece of graphic artor is it a representation of the melancholic sadness already expressed byyour band’s moniker?
Forgotten Sunrise: For me it seems like a fallen angel in the bathroom of heaven. 🙂 And itfits really well into the whole atmosphere on this album, lyrics, music, thetitle….all together, [the] whole thing. I can`t say the same aboutRu:mipu:dus. Bathing is refreshing, relaxing, but sometimes also theend or the rebirth. It’s like a place where you can wash yourself from oldthings and rise as a new person. I have never talked about a bath so long.
Chain D.L.K.: Who are the “Lo-fi People” of “Lo-fi People In the Fade Out World”? Whoor what decided on their being “Lo-fi”?
Forgotten Sunrise: I think most of us are. We have to be awakened, but we have a long path totread. Some people sleep longer than others and some people are alreadythere and some people will never be there. It’s about life and the mentalprogression and finding the deeper meaning in ourselves. We have to wake upto the new world if we wanna make this world fading-in again.
Chain D.L.K.: Generally your lyrics are pessimistic or nihilistic. What kinds ofexperiences made you write them?
Forgotten Sunrise: It’s life and death that makes me feel like that. There’s always a “light atthe end of the tunnel”, so my lyrics are never 100% pessimistic. I wouldn’tdo FS if I were 100% a pessimist. I would be dead already. And I try to[convey] this “staying up” feeling to our listeners too. We all know thatit’s not easy to be different and life is not fair all the time, but youhave to go ahead and climb over all the mountains that life will build inyour way. It’s the only option; to be a stronger and better person, to teachothers to survive the hard times and feelings.
Chain D.L.K.: In your music I feel also energy and anger, and I was surprised to readabout those kinds of feelings, like it was a “surrender”…
Forgotten Sunrise: No, no…it’s not about surrendering, it’s about fighting. But you have toknow the enemies from downstairs, to fight with them. If you have never beendown you don’t know what’s there and when you are there, you know that theonly way is up. Compared with your last question, “surrender” = 100%pessimistic…as I told you…we are not.
Chain D.L.K.: Your music has so many arrangements that I was wondering how do youpresent it live? Can you explain how do you prepare your gig?
Forgotten Sunrise: 3 people on stage. 2 vocalists (3 vocalists in the future), keyboards,guitar and background electronics. It’s the line-up for a usual show of FS.During a bigger performance there will be some visuals and percussion also.Very easy to set up and very light for travel, and there’s nothing [lackingabout] the show.
Chain D.L.K.: Which are your own preferred tracks and why?
Forgotten Sunrise: Too hard of a question. It’s like asking a father “who is your favoritechild?” I love them all when they see daylight. After some time I like someof them more than others, but usually because I would change some sounds [sothat they] would sing better or something, not the song itself. Sorry, but Ican’t give a good answer to this.
Chain D.L.K.: Are you working on new songs? Are you working at new ways of mergingdifferent musical genres?
Forgotten Sunrise: Yeah, between making remixes for other artists I am creating new stuff forour next album. As I see it: more and more dirty basslines and specialmistakes in composing. 🙂 But I think the next album will be even moredanceable and more Deathbeat, like it has to be. And for the first time noold songs will be re-recorded.
Chain D.L.K.: What’s next for Forgotten Sunrise?
Forgotten Sunrise: Some gigs here and there, at festivals and nightclubs. When we get moremoney we’ll release the single of “Ropelove”. We have already 9 remixescollected from 8 different countries — a very international single. 🙂 Alsothe legendary Alec Empire from Atari Teenage Riot, Pehr Herb from MilitantCheerleaders On The Move, Jesus Complex, etc. did their remixes for us. Wehave thought about a drummer too, but nothing certain yet. Like an electrodrummer with pads and samples, not usual drum-kit stuff. And to tell you thetruth, first of all we wanna find a manager and agency who would work forus. We really need that.
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[interviewed by Maurizio Pustianaz] [proofreading by Benjamin Pike]