I really had a chance to talk to Dan Cole. Dan is the singer/guitarist for Floodgate Records’ Forever Changed. Their album comes out on Tuesday March 8th.
CCM: Who are the members of Forever Changed?
Dan: On drums is Nathan Lee and on the record he did programming as well. Bass is Tom Gustafson. Our lead guitar and backup vocal is Ben O-rear. I sing and play guitar and my name is Dan Cole.
CCM: How did you get hooked up with Floodgate Records?
Dan: We play a venue in Jacksonville Florida a lot called the Murrey Hill Theatre and we got to know the manager. One night then-Floodgate artist Number One Gun was playing and the Number One Gun AandR guy was there. The venue manager was like “You gotta check out Forever Changed” and the AandR guy did and called us and said he dug our stuff. That’s how we started talking to Floodgate. Then they flew out to see us and then gave us a contract.
CCM: The album “The Need to Feel Alive” hits stores in just three days! What’s the inspiration behind the title?
Dan: The inspiration? Well it’s the name of the third song on the record and it kinda encompasses there’s not one central thing but the record lyrically talks about a lot of different things. That song is about not becoming stagnant and complacent and for me personally in my walk and relationship with Jesus. About remembering when there was this fire and I had passion and that’s kinda what the record lyrically talks about. Finding that passion again and going for it instead of aimlessy drifting through life. I think everybody at the end of the day kinda longs for that need you know kinda we long to feel alive.
CCM: How long did it take to record the album?
Dan: Twenty-one days. Well actually we met James and went in (the studio) in the summer and recorded the three song ep. That took five days then recorded the other eight in November. So about 25 or 26 days total.
CCM: Which song on the record is the most personal for you?
Dan: Hmm. Well obviously they all mean something but “Romance in Denial” um is probably the most personal. Partly because I really don’t give any type of explanation about what it’s about. it’s one of those that I don’t know this one would probably take me a long to elaborate on. The other songs the listener would here it and go “Yeah I understand what he’s saying.” But this song they’d listen to it and have no idea what I’m taking about or have 50 ideas about what it’s about. When I wrote it I almost rewrote it because it was so personal.
CCM: Would you consider yourselves a ministry band?
Dan: Yeah I mean I would. All four of us are born again Christians and we don’t try to hide it for anything. People kinda of come to their own conclusions about what Christian music is but we try to be aware of our platform and not use it for our own glory and try to use it to help show people what God has done in our life. Not because we think that’s our job as musicians but because we know that’s our job as people.
CCM: At what age did you accept Christ as your saviour?
Dan: I was 9 years old.
CCM: You guys just got off a tour with He Is Legend and Classic Case. How did that go?
Dan: It was great. There’s nothing like playing with bands that you actually enjoy their music. it’s a luxury. It was a great tour and a lot of lessons were learned personally. It was really cold and a lot of us got sick. There were ups and downs but looking back on it it was hard work and well worth it. It was awesome we became friends with both of the bands especially He Is Legend and they’re great. They challeneged us musically every night.
CCM: How you describe your sound to a person who has never heard of your band?
Dan:I naturally wanna compare us to other bands because that’s kinda easy but I guess faster paced harder rock with some 80’s throwbacks. Retro guitar leads poppy hooks you can sing along to. Mixed with a lot of different dynamics kinda all orbiting around straight forward rock. If I were to compare us to bands I’d say we sound similar to Cave In or a lot of people say Further Seems Forever or Jimmy Eat World.
CCM: Is there one band that you’d love to tour with that you haven’t yet?
Dan: Dead or alive? I’d love to have toured with Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd back then thought I’d probably not remember any of it. Something i could actually see happening. Radiohead. Just because they’re amazing they’re my favorite band. So much experience they’re been doing it forever and it’s the same five guys. That says something about a band. Another band would be Switchfoot because they’re really good at what they do and that could potentially happen. I know we could learn alot from them. They have been doing it for seven years. Alot of people don’t know that. Also Cave In would be fun. They’re amazing. Actually I don’t think I’ve ever told this to anyone. When we were recording we A-B’d that record (Cave-In’s “Antenna”). That means we listened to it and compared it with ours. We’d match the level and the bass tone. it’s just a great record.
CCM: What type of music do you normally listen to generally?
Dan: I love a lot of the softer stuff like Radiohead and Keane. News and Jeff Buckley. He’s my favorite singer of all time. Sunny Day Real Estate I love Pink Floyd love the Police. The Police are awesome. U2 is great. Some of our friends are a band called Anathaloo it’s greek. They’re one of my favorite bands. Actually they’re like our drummer’s favorite band too. They’re our friends but they make such great music. They’re the best Christian band. You gotta check them out. They played Cornerstone and things before. They have a horn section very rhymatic with beautiful harmonies. The lyrics are just powerful. it’s music that you listen to and say “This is important”.
CCM: Alright Dan I would like to thank you for taking the time out to talk to me. Last question: In one sentence what is the goal of the Forever Changed ministry?
Dan: To use the gifts that God has given us to use music to connect with people and to share with those people God’s love.