Intervewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica Promotion & Management for setting up this interview.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band.
A new AOR/melodic rock band from Sweden, Care Of Night, released their debut album, CONNECTED, earlier this year. I had the pleasure to talk to keyboard player Krisofer Von Wachenfeldt for this interview. We talked about the album, a little about the bands past and present, and what their plans for 2015 are. Here is what he had to say…
Hi Kristoffer, hope you’re doing fine. Are you ready to kick off the interview?
Yes, no problem, let’s go!
Well, lets start from the beginning and talk about when the band was formed. The band was born from the ashes of Seven Tears which was put to rest 2009. Why did Seven Tears die and Care Of Night born?
Seven Tears disbanded when the members wanted to do something else. Me, Jonathan Carlemar and bass player Fredrik Lager wanted to continue. No hard feelings towards past members of Seven Tears, it was what it was and it all went very fast.
The band was formed by you, Carlemar and Lager. Was it hard to find members for Care Of Night and was it given from the start that you were going to play this kind of music?
Drummer Linus was the immediate choice, he was known to the members of the band as a great drummer. We started out with singer, Jens, a guy with a great voice. He moved to another town and thus quit the band, and so we had Calle in mind. We knew Calle since way back and knew he would be the perfect singer for CON.
We started out playing quite progressive stuff, pop etc. But when we’ve written Heart Belongs and Say a prayer, the musical direction became more obvious.
Did you immediately begin to write material for the band?
I guess you could say that. We wrote some stuff but most of the material never saw the light of day. The song ”Heart belongs” is one of the earliest songs that survived to this day.
Yeah, we recorded two tunes in a local studio. Got very little response, someone mentioned that we were ”promising” etc.
Tell us a bit about the band name. I know it’s taken from a Swedish poet. Does the band name have any special meaning to the band?
It’s a great name with much depth. Guitarist Jonathan is a big fan of poetry, he came up with the idea. We thought it sounded cool.
The band suffered some line-up changes back in 2013, what happened?
Singer Jens moved to another town and bass player Fredrik did as well. They still remain good friends with the band. Jonas and Calle were recruited some time after. Glad to have them onboard.
Did the member change have any effect on the songwriting and the music?
Yes. I think it pushed us to another level musically.
Was it easy to convince old singer Schönberg to join forces with you again?
He couldn’t resist the material when presented to him. 😉 At first it was a logistical problem, with Calle in Malmoe, but we figured it out.
Care Of Night recorded a 4 track EP in 2013, how did media and fans respond on the EP?
The response was amazing! People really seemed to take it to heart.
The EP was produced and mixed by Erik and Anders Wigelius, who are they?
Two brothers that probably will be the next big name in production and songwriting. I knew Erik from my time in Platitude. I asked him if he knew any good studios in Stockholm. He said ”Yes, mine”. And boy was he right.
According to the bio, the band made a bunch of new fans all across the world with the EP, was that something you noticed?
Yes, we made contact (!) with people from UK, US, Brazil, Japan, etc. Really cool!
Have the band done a lot of touring since the birth of the band?
The answer to that is NO! But we will!
The band comes from Kalmar Sweden, do you all live there still today?
Today only bass player Jonas lives there. The members are spread all over southern Sweden.
Debut album CONNECTED
How long did it take to write CONNECTED?
We did pretty much of the material along the way. Maybe a year altogether? Some tunes were written early on, some at the last stage of recording.
Who writes the material and what are the lyrics about?
The main songwriter is probably me. But Jonathan and Linus writes ideas as well. I think there will be more collaboration in the future. The lyrics are about love – broken and healed hearts.
Are all of the songs new ones or have you used some of the older material written for Seven Tears?
No, no material were picked from the era of Seven Tears.
How come you named the album CONNECTED? Does the title symbolize anything special to you and the guys?
Yea, it’s a main theme in the lyrics. As I said, the lyrics are about love – connections etc. It’s a fitting title to todays internet society as well. And all that goes with it.
Stefan Henriksson, a good friend of the band. It’s amazing!
The band featured the song “Contact” on youtube, what did the fans think of it?
I think fans really liked it. They seem to like it if you look at the comments anyway, haha!
Contact [Official Audio]
Do you think that “Contact” was a good example of the sound on CONNECTED?
Yes I do. ”Contact” is probably my fave tune on Connected. And it’s a great sing-along song with a chorus bang. That’s what Care of Night is about.
The album contains 10 tracks and is pretty long. Was the intent to make a long album or did it just happen?
The intention was to not include any fillers, and all those old albums that we all cherish doesn’t include 13-15 tracks, they have about 10-11 tracks with few or no fillers, so we wanted to have about 10 tracks to keep the flame going the whole time.
The closing ballad “Say You Will” clocks in on 7 minutes, what are the song about?
Jonathan wrote the song. If I had to bet I’d say it’s about his fiancee Johanna. Lovely lyrics.
And the shortest song “Those Words” what is it about?
Love! This time it’s Linus that wrote the heartfelt lyrics, and I’d probably say it’s about his fiancee Linda.
The band really managed to create a varied album that contains faster songs, ballads and semi-fast tunes which I really like. Was it your aim to create a varied album?
Yes, we wanted to keep it interesting and keep a variation throughout the album.
How would you like to describe what kind of music Care Of Night plays?
AOR with some hi-tech influences here and there. I think we could appeal to fans of Toto, Work of Art and popfans that loved the sound of, for example A-ha back in the days.
Erik and Anders Wigelius have produced the album. How come you wanted to work with them again? What’s their strongest features as producers?
Well they produced the EP back in 2013. I love their creativity and they pushed us some more in the studio to say the least. Erik is extremely effective in the studio and has about 5-6 ideas to every part of the song. Anders sings like a god and helped a lot with the backing vocals. Well, extremely talented guys. Would love to work with them again.
Have they also mixed and mastered the album? Was any of the band members a part of those processes?
Erik mixed and mastered the album himself. Yes, we were present the whole time but I’m not a studio technician myself so I tend to take a step back when it comes to mixing and mastering. But our opinions mattered, no question about it.
Is it correct that you recorded CONNECTED without a record deal? How was that?
Nah, we recorded the EP in 2013 without a deal. When we landed a deal with AOR Heaven we recorded the remaining songs to Connected.
You, Schönberg and Carlemar really impress me big time on the album, are you happy with the efforts the members put into the album?
Thanks for the kind words! Yes everyone puts a lot of heart and soul into the songs.
Are there any plans on shooting videos to any of the songs?
Not at this moment. I bet we’ll probably do that on the next record instead.
Have you read any reviews the media yet? Does you and the band care about what critics have to say about your work?
Yes I do care. I think we’ve made a really great record in all departments, songwise, productionwise, and the performances are great. I can actually be a little intimidated if people gives us a fair review and then raves about some other act that doesn’t deliver half as much. But that’s the way the music business works. Let’s be honest, there are some great AOR-bands out there, but there’s also some half-lame bands or projects out there where I continue to ask myself ”what’s the deal with these guys?!” You have to separate the wheat from the chaff in my humble opinion.
In the bio it can be read “The band is ready to serve a slice of sparkling hi-tech melodies” what do you think of that statement?
Haha, that its correct. We love the hi-tech sound from the 80’s. Listen to Peter Cetera’s ”Solitude/Solitaire” for example.
Label and management
Was it hard for the band to land a record deal?
We actually landed a deal pretty fast.
Were there many labels that showed interest in the band?
Yes, we had a lot of requests.
How come you inked a deal with AOR HEAVEN? Are you happy with the work the label have put into the band and album so far?
AOR HEAVEN is a small, but hardworking label. We wanted to be prioritized at a smaller label when releasing the debutalbum. They have done a great job and are great communicators.
AOR Music is co-operating with the promotion label GerMusica, how does it work do you think?
Can’t really say yet, but I’m confident in them.
Is the band currently working together with any management?
Nope, we do it all by ourselves thus far.
Is it possible to download CONNECTED anywhere legally?
Yes, you can, and SHOULD, download it a iTunes for a small amount.
Is the album released world wide today?
The album is released in Europe and Japan. Not in the US or the rest of the american market. unfortunately.
I read that the album is released in Japan, how’s the interest for Care Of Night in Asia?
The japanese audience often loves our kind of music, so I hope we’ll get a great response. Would love to play there as well.
Past, present and future
How come there’s so little info about the band on internet?
Hmm, we’re a pretty new band so maybe that’s why?
Who runs the bands Facebook page and why don’t you have a proper website? Is the band active on other social forums besides Facebook?
All members has access and reads everything that’s posted on our Facebook site. We have an official Youtube-channel as well. Social forums are so big nowadays so a website tends to be a bit unnecessary. BUT never say never, we could as well do a website in the future.
Does the band got a lot of followers on Facebook and what’t the most common question you get from the fans?
We have somewhat over a thousand followers today and we’d love some more (hint hint). The most common question is probably ”When are you going to play in [insert town or country]?” The answer is we’d love to play anywhere anytime.
Are there any plans on heading out on tour or do some shows now that the album is out?
Autumn 2015 is all I can say…
Nope, not yet! The members are pretty busy this summer, we’ll probably head for summer 2016 instead. And hopefully with some new material as well.
What would you like to say to the ones who haven’t heard and discovered the music of Care Of Night?
If you’re a fan of Work of Art, Toto around ”Isolation” and any other AOR/melodic rock with a modern production, you should check it out.
1. It’s frickin’ good.
2. You support the artist if you buy it, we are happy and therefore will write more great material.
3. If you buy the japanese version you’ll get a cool bonus track with me singing duet with Calle. Not found anywhere else.
Finally, do you have any words of wisdom to share with readers and fans?
Quality comes before quantity.
Thanks for taking the time for this interview with me and metal-rules.com. I wish you and the band all the best in the future! Take care.
Thanks a lot! Take care!