Interview with Forsakken

Interview with COREIGN

By N. A. Foy
  
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N. A. Foy: I am curious, how did the two of you meet?

COREIGN:  We met in an online music portal. Curry was looking for a project as a drummer, and I wrote back to her post. Due to her work during shift hours, she first didn't want to write at all, and then put the message under 'miscellaneous', not 'drummer seeking band,' and thought that no one would answer. I was looking, after another "split with a band" kind of experience, for... I don't know what. I just was looking around and, on that day, I don't know why, I was also looking under 'miscellaneous'. Meanwhile, she is happy she wrote the message, and I am happy that I answered her post :-)

N. A. Foy: Do you two play live at all or just record together? 

COREIGN:  Up to now, we never did play live in this formation. We both have stage experience, and we love it. However, being just us two, we would have to use partial playback (which we don't like) or look for project musicians. We have had invitations for gigs and tours, and the labels are negotiating this point as well which is great; and of course, we are constantly discussing this and looking for possible solutions. However, we decided for the moment to stay a studio band and explore more of the possibilities to collaborate with guest musicians over the internet; but "never say never," so this might change.

N. A. Foy: If you were stuck on an island but somehow could listen to music, what 3 CDs would you want with you?

COREIGN:  We'd like to have one of Within Temptation, Evanescence, and Muddy Waters with us.

N. A. Foy: How many albums do you have out total?

COREIGN:  Under the old band name CORE, we had released 7 albums, 1 EP, and 1 Single between April 2014 and June 2016 when we decided to change the band name to COREIGN. We officially took them off the market, but are still available in some stores and are still aired on some radio stations. As COREIGN, we have released 4 albums so far, and are currently working on 2 new albums at the same time.

N. A. Foy: That is a lot of music. You must work hard on it. When are you hoping to release the 2 new albums?

COREIGN:  Yes indeed. Well, it is our passion and we use almost all of our spare time to compose and record new songs together. That's what we both love very much. For the new albums, we have no deadline for the release, we simply work on it until it is finished. However, a reasonable guess would maybe be end of summer for the first, and end of the year for the second album.

N. A. Foy: Nice. What kind of sound are you aiming for on your next two albums?

COREIGN:  If it was a meal, it sure would basically consist of Prog and Hard rock that is salted with Mainstream and Ballad and peppered with Symphonic, Funk and Blues and other spicy stuff. We will again mix and cross over any genre boundaries while trying to keep our unique COREIGN-style. The outcome however, is never intended and happens when we bundle the songs into the new album.

N. A. Foy: What do you like to do for enjoyment when you're not doing music?

COREIGN:  More music. and what married couples do... read the Bible... :-)

N. A. Foy: Speaking of the Bible, do you consider your spirituality one of the main themes of the music you write?

COREIGN:  No. We do not see us as a Christian Band on a mission. Our lyrics cover love, joy, freedom, happiness; but also desperation, illness, suicide and disorder. Yes, we are believers and thus there are also lyrics about God and Jesus Christ, but we never try to actively convince somebody of our belief.

N. A. Foy: I like that you are very eclectic in both musical style and lyrics. Out of the lyrics you perform so far, is there a particular one that you like best? Is there a story behind it?

COREIGN:  Thank you very much! Our lyrics are a mixture of experiences, stories, emotions, and moods that formed us in our lives, so they all are equally important to us. If we pick 'Fallen Angel' as an example, it in fact, is based on two real-life stories molded into one song lyric. it tells the story of a girl that was mobbed by society. Nobody told her that she was special and unique, and no one could tell her that she was loved. So she finally committed suicide. This irreversible event brought deep mourning not only to the family, but to the entire community and as a result, many realized that we should treat others with more love and respect. it is very important not only to think, but to really tell your wife and husband, your father and mother, sister, brother, neighbour and foreigner, that they are special and unique and loved, and that they all are important to you as part of your life. We all long for love and for being accepted the way we are, so go and tell them! And let yourself be surprised of that love and respect that will come back to you.

N. A. Foy: I like that! That is a really good message. How about some favorites. What is your favorite color? Number? Foods? Movie(s)? Book(s)? Or any other favorites you want to mention?

Curry: 14, 2664, 280013 and 74; violet and king’s blue; pizza and Mousse au chocolate; “Criminal Minds,” “Mission impossible,” and the old James Bonds with Roger M. and Sean C; “Thrillers” by Joy Fielding.

Reto: Pi, Phi, Psi and e, but also the square roots of 2 and 3; white; self-made Pizza, spaghetti bolognese and self-made Ratatouille; Dokus and Thrillers; “Steppenwolf” by H. Hesse and programmer reference manuals.

N. A. Foy: I love your favorite numbers. Final questions: What is the main message you want to give to your fans through your music and example as a band? Is there anything else you would like to tell everyone before we finish? 

COREIGN:  Since you seem to like numbers too, let me tell it in this way: if God was Math, then he would be 'true or false' from a binary point of view, but also the 'infinite amount of all possible numbers in real and imaginary dimensions'. The point of view, the perception is very important. If something seems impossible to us, most often the limitation lies in our heads and in our point of view. So, if for example, you look at Blues they only use 3 chords! Very limited. (Not to say Blues was bad, I love it!). Look at folk music. 3 chords. Look at Pop, its most often 3 chords too. Almost all music you can hear on the radio is using only 3 chords. (More than 80% I think). Looking at the tones of these chords, it's a similar thing. Most used are the 3 standard tones in a chord. Explore chords with 4 tones, and a new world will be opened to you! Same applies for grooves. 4/4 is a standard in western music, but what happens if we use 5 beats or 6 or 7 beats etc.? Listen to our Song “Father,” it uses a 9 beat groove in the chorus. Or “Call My Name” uses a 7 beat groove in the verse... And I think this is exactly what COREIGN stands for: combining the standard elements with the unexpected, crossing borders, breaking the rules and limitations, and hopefully opening 'new dimensions' for a listener. If a listener is ready for such a new point of view. 

We would like to thank you for this great opportunity of this interview. as a studio band, we are dependent on airplay, reviews, and interviews for 'being heard'. Thank you very much! Music is our greatest passion and we love very much what we do. We are happy we started to release our songs into the public because the feedbacks are of great value as they allow us to develop further. We have met so many wonderful people out there that air and blog about and listen to unsigned / indie bands like us, often without any pay but with great effort, and over time many of these contacts have become very good and close friends to us. And of course our 'cute little' fan base, which for sure is the best in the entire world ;-) Thank you all so very much for listening to and supporting COREIGN. with much love and respect, Curry & Reto