I enjoyed interviewing Kramer of Forevermore. He is a passionate musician with a band that’s making waves in Christian Metal.
Rob: Who is Forevermore?
Kramer: Forevermore is a group of guys, they don’t play around. I’m just kidding. You got Sammy Vaughn on the drums, Jared Storm on guitar, Michael Taylor on guitar and vocals. I’m Kramer Lowe and I’m the singer.
Rob: What inspired your new record Integral?
Kramer: Our guitar player, Jared, listens to our podcasts and other…heard of a theory called Spiral Dynamics and it’s based around colors and how the human consciousness has evolved over the history of time. So, each color represents a stage in the fictional immortal mankind of conscience that he goes through each individual one. So we wrote about Spiral Dynamics, where the colors go through in a spiral. So it’s a pretty deep and interesting concept and we have a lot of stuff that we’re rubbing about that people can click soon and just read more about each song and break it down and stuff.
Rob: What can fans expect from Integral?
Kramer: We put a lot of hard work into it and I know it’s kind of a cliché thing to say. We wanted to kind of get back to maybe a little bit older Forevermore sound but keep stuff that we had. I’m really proud of it and hope people enjoy it and it catches on.
Rob: What is your favorite song on the new album?
Kramer: That’s kind of tough. I really end up enjoying the song “Nascent.” The first one that we put out, I think that was really cool. And then a close second would probably be a song called “Noumina.” We haven’t released it yet. But we’ve been playing it live on tour for the last couple of tours.
Rob: What is you guys’ songwriting process?
Kramer: It is between Jared and Michael; Jared does a lot of the maybe 60-70% of writing. They each have their own studios at home. So they just go onto the digital side rather than old school jam together and just pump out. They bounce ideas back and forth. We use a program where they create songs and then email them. Then we all listen to it and give our input and ideas. They have the basic drums in them. Sammy gets in and works on the drums and find tunes everything and change the parts as needed. Then we write lyrics to them.
Rob: What do you like to do on your days off during tour?
Kramer: I love days off. I just do a whole lot of nothing. We usually get a hotel room and try to find a pool if it’s summer time or just hang around and just relax, maybe take a nap and just recoup and re-boost our morale stuff. Maybe we try to find cool restaurants around or play games.
Rob: If you could visit one city in the U.S., what would it be?
Kramer: I definitely would like to go back to like Encinatas or Oceanside California kind of near San Diego, a little north, south of LA and then one of my favorite cities during like the Spring and Fall is Denver, Colorado.
Rob: What do you guys plan for the rest of 2016?
Kramer: Well, right now we’re actually about to leave for our album release tour. Except on Sunday, the July tip through August 12 and it’s not an entire tour but we are hitting like going all the up to Anaheim and LA, little northwest, northeast. But we’re trying to hit a lot of spots. So it’s about a 5-week tour and going to Texas and stuff to I think we’re just doing Dallas.