Interview with Anfang

Today, we sat down with Anfang to talk their inspiration to write music, advice for musicians and much more! Be sure to check out their music below after the interview!

Interview:

What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your

surroundings?
– We are all nice, polite midwesterners that try our gosh darndest to not let negative feelings impact our daily lives. That being said, we need an outlet for those bad thoughts, and writing and performing rock music is that outlet for us. It lets us express our less polite feelings in a healthy(ish) way. We have an unofficial band motto that I think sums up our draw to hard rock nicely; “As angsty as we are polite.” So, in a way you could say it is our surroundings that inspire us to write our music since our environment raised us to ignore confrontation and negative thoughts. I think instead we’d say that we’re inspired by the desire to both describe ineffable emotions and express our impolite feelings through music.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
– We all listened to a lot of different music growing up, which makes for a unique approach we take to songwriting. Andie (vocals/rhythm guitar) grew up listening to a lot of alternative rock and pop music, Christian (bass/rhythm guitar) spent a lot of time listening to metal and prog, while Mark (lead guitar) and Nick (drums) listened to almost exclusively classic rock and grunge. All different flavors of rock music, but varied enough to bring a lot of unique ideas to the songs we write.
Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
– If there was any one specific person we’d say we looked up to as a hero, it’d have to be Stewart Copeland of The Police. We’ve always been drawn to the musicians who were in it for the sake of making music and I think Copeland embodies that perfectly. He founded one of the biggest rock bands of all time and for all intents and purposes seems to have done it out of a love for playing drums and writing songs. We’re sure it doesn’t hurt that he became rich and famous because of it, but that never seemed to go to his head, which we really admire.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing today?
– If we weren’t musicians, we’d all probably be in wildly different places. Andie most likely would be running several successful restaurants, Christian would almost definitely be a professional basketball player, Mark would probably have sold a competitor to Google years ago and retired early, and Nick would be the most successful corn farmer the Midwest has ever seen. Are we exaggerating? Definitely. But we promise we’re only doing so because we’ve all been musicians for so long that we can’t imagine where our lives would be without music.
What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create
music?

– Do it! No matter how you want to make music or what resources you have available to you, you can do it. Dave Grohl started learning drums by playing along to Beatles records and beating on pillows in his bedroom. John Lennon learned how to play guitar by practicing chord positions on his mom’s banjo. Bob Dylan is one of the most successful singer/songwriters of all time and can’t sing! If you have a desire to make music, I promise you it is possible to do it. A quote from Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age we keep in the back of our heads at all times is, “If you expect anything from music, you expect too much.” Make music for the love of music and you won’t be disappointed.

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