Interview: Spring Fall Sea

Interview: Spring Fall Sea

I like Spring Fall Sea. They’re an interesting band with a lot of drive and the guys behind the band always been involved in really cool projects having to do with music and the scene. They’re the ones responsible for Ari Studio Sessions interview/live session series, helping people get to know underground bands, and they also organized The Doomed Oasis Fest at The Overstay in July where over 15 bands played to help fund-raise.

But when I heard about their latest project, a crazy European tour, I was very intrigued.

10 European countries, 24 shows, in 32 days. Wow!

And at the time of writing this, they are on yet another tour around South East Asia. 3 countries, 6 cities, 7 shows, 9 days.

When they got back from their European tour I was eager to hear about their adventures and find out just how they were able to make this all a reality, so I caught up with Marvin from the band to find out all about it.

So when did you guys decide that you wanted to go on this European tour and start planning for it?

Marvin – I started planning in January, sitting down and contacting the first people about it. I worked on it every day, some days just 5 minutes, some days a few hours.

So when did you confirm your last gig of the whole tour?

2 days before the tour started (chuckles).

I also saw that some gigs weren’t confirmed.

Yeah, the last bit of the tour we worked with a Booker in Sarajevo and he promised us 8 shows of which he canceled 4 when we were already there, so we organized 1 ourselves when we were there. Technically the last show we organized was 2 weeks into the tour.

You guys went to a few Northern European countries and a few Eastern European countries. Why did you specifically choose the places that you went?

Well Germany is always good to touring bands because they take care of accommodation, they feed you, they pay you good money, they give you free drinks. It’s really comfortable, so we wanted to go to Germany, that was for sure, and the rest was just what we got offered by people, contacts and such.

 

… when I heard about their latest project, a crazy European tour, I was very intrigued. 10 European countries, 24 shows, in 32 days. Wow!

 

So in other words, you would’ve taken a German tour on its own …

Yeah I would’ve just gone for a German tour, but I try to go to as many places as possible. I would’ve liked to go to countries like Spain for example, but it just didn’t fit into the tour schedule. We were thinking of going to London and stuff too, but flying over and stuff would have made things complicated, so we didn’t.

So in the end it all worked out, everything was covered and you made it back in one piece?

Yeah it was really good, the response was always good, at every show, we never played at an empty venue. And financially we just cut even so that was good too.

So for people who don’t know – I’ve seen it on your Facebook page and stuff – what were the numbers from your tour, how many cities, how many countries, etc.

When we planned it, it was 28 shows, but in the end it was 24 shows. 24 shows, 32 days. We flew from Bangkok to Cologne in Germany and then we drove about 9,200 kilometers in a car, and yeah, that’s about it.

So you basically just got there, got a car right away and went from there …

Yeah we borrowed the gear from friends of mine, the car was borrowed so we didn’t really pay for it, so it was good. We got there and stayed with my dad for 1 week and then we went from there.

 

 

 

So tell me about some of the shows, there was a lot of shows but what were some of the best experiences?

I think Dylan’s favorite show was in Mostar in Bosnia. There was a festival and it was just a big show, like 80-90 people there. We didn’t know what to expect, it’s a beautiful city and has really interesting history too, and the crowd responded really well. We played 2 encores because they kept asking for us to get back on stage. My favorite show was maybe … I liked playing in Poland a lot. I expected it to be a bit dodgy and it was a bit dodgy, but it was a lot of fun and I really liked it. I don’t know, I think people don’t get so much live music there, so everyone was really excited.

What about the bands that you guys worked with and went with for a little bit, how did that go?

Yeah the first band we played a few shows with was actually my first band, Snarg. I founded that band with friends of mine in maybe 2010, but when I left Germany in 2013 I left the band so it was really good to play a few shows with them. We played one song on stage with them on stage. We didn’t practice it or anything so that was nice too.

So I also saw that you played in a castle! How was that like?

Ah yeah, it’s actually like a big castle and now it’s owned by the city and they give it for youth purposes and it’s funded by the public . It’s like this massive area and they do shows there and it was really cool.

What would be your 2 cents for Thai artists and international artists here who are thinking about touring but maybe are scared to do so?

I would just say do it. I mean I didn’t know before that it was gonna work out, I just worked it out along the way by booking it. I mean if you think from the beginning that it’s not gonna work then it’s not gonna work, but if you try it then it might happen, so why not. And it’s a good thing to tour. It shows you what you can do, not only as a band but it was also fun to just go with my friends and see all these places.

 

I would just say do it. I mean I didn’t know before that it was gonna work out, I just worked it out along the way by booking it. I mean if you think from the beginning that it’s not gonna work then it’s not gonna work, but if you try it then it might happen, so why not. And it’s a good thing to tour. It shows you what you can do, not only as a band but it was also fun to just go with my friends and see all these places.

 

How many days in the end were you away from home?

I was gone for 9 weeks, but the tour was something like 5 weeks.

I saw recently as well that you have a new song that you did with Asia and that it’s been quite well received. How did you keep your music stuff going when you were on tour like that?

The story with that is that right after we released ‘The Never Ending Story’ in April, I sent the song with Asia to Cat Radio because it was our only song with vocals and I thought it might be a smart move because maybe it’s easier for people to get because it has vocals on it. But they never responded or did anything, but when we were on tour they started playing it and it got in the charts. And then also when we were in Europe Fungjai got in contact with us and then the other songs from the EP reached number 6 in Fungjai’s charts and I dunno, we were just really lucky that people started listening to it when we were gone. I was hoping a little bit for that, that organizing the tour and playing the tour would have an impact on us here in Thailand too and that people would think “wow they are really active and doing stuff, let’s check them out” or something like that.

So your next plan is to tour around Southeast Asia. How do you think that’s going to be different from Europe?

I don’t really know.

So just gonna go and find out …

Yeah I mean I think it’s going to be more of a money loser to do it here because a lot of places don’t pay, so we have to pay for it ourselves. I Europe we didn’t necessarily know exactly how much money we would get a night but we would get door deals based on how many people come in the door and we figured it out. In Southeast Asia I think we’ll be losing money but I still want to do it for the experience and to promote our music in other countries too. And it won’t be that expensive, I mean flights from here to Kuala Lumpur or 1,000 baht or something.

 

If you want us to play wherever you are, just send us a message. We’re willing to travel there.

 

So I might not be as much of a financial win but it’s still very doable?

Yeah.

So what’s your next plans for the band?

We started writing. We’re not sure yet if it will be our first album or the next EP but we pre-produced 3 songs already and 1 will be published in a few weeks on Newlight’s compilation CD and yeah, we have 4 or 5 songs that are almost done by now. The first EP we did completed by ourselves so maybe for the next thing we’ll work with a producer or something. We’re thinking about it but it’s just an idea so far.

So do you want to do more songs as well that have vocals?

No.

So any last thoughts?

Yeah, whoever reads this, check us out! If you want us to play wherever you are, just send us a message. We’re willing to travel there.

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