Project Description

Interview with

LUKE McCHESNEY

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FOREVER ENDS HERE

By Kaycee Cool

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After 6 years, Australian pop-punk favourites Forever Ends Here have sadly decided to call quits on the band, with their FEH-Well tour coming up in January I had a chat with frontman Luke McChesney about the industry, their journey and what’s next…

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What do y’all think your personal peak as a band was?

I think as a whole 2014 was our most successful year. We had just released our 2nd EP “From Where I’d Rather Be” and sold out our entire first headline tour. Throughout the year we toured with the likes of Short Stack and Hands Like Houses as well as completing what is still our biggest headline tour to date – the ‘I BelievedTour. We also released our single “Oceans Away” and walked the red carpet at an insane Aria awards. I’d re-live that year over and over if I could!

 

What’s the most important thing you learned from being in this band?

I certainly learned a lot from Forever Ends Here. I think the most important thing I learned was to just take everything as it comes and appreciate everything you have. It really is a hard industry and you’re constantly faced with speed bumps and road blocks – you never know when things are going to change. Looking back on everything we achieved, I honestly do think that I appreciated and made the absolute most of it all. That’s something that I’m really proud of.

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I read that the deciding moment to call quits on the band was while recording your last single ‘Feel It’. Is that true, and how was it to finally release it and what was the fan reaction?

That is true! I think it had been in the back of minds for a while that the 4 of us had reached different stages of our lives and we had to make some serious decisions. We struggled to find time where the 4 of us were available to be in the studio together and we were still trying to plan tours and online content behind the scenes. That was the point where we saw it for what it was and agreed that we could no longer give FEH the time and commitment that it deserved. ‘Feel It’ felt like the perfect song to end on though. I think it really reflected everything the band ever was – there were elements of our original jumpy pop punk sound as well as some elements of our slightly more pop influenced debut album. The release was bitter-sweet. I really do love the song so I was so excited to share it with the world, but it was sad knowing that it was the last song we would release.

 

How do you think starting so young in this industry shaped you in to the men you are today?

It’s crazy to think that I was only 15 when FEH started. I think starting so young gave us a huge advantage, not only as a band but as people too. We were able to grow up around bands and industry professionals that we really admired and we knew that we had to learn from them. I was still at school for the first few years of the band – I remember I took time off for 7 Australian tours throughout my senior year. I prioritised music over everything else and I don’t regret it one bit. I learned more from the opportunities I was given at such a young age than I ever would have from studying. Because of the music scene, more than half of our friends were older than us and many even lived in different states or countries. I learned so much from them and I think we all matured quicker because of them too. We made our mistakes young and figured out the ropes early. There’ll always be more to learn, but I’m still only 21 – there’s plenty of time ahead to give things another crack. A lot of musicians aren’t able to say the same when their band breaks up, so that’s something I’m incredibly grateful for.

 

It’s no secret the Australian Music Industry is a tough nut to crack. What were some struggles you experienced?

It certainly is. I think our biggest struggle was learning to juggle money, time and hype. It’s a very demanding industry – one where the average listener doesn’t completely understand the costs and the work involved but still expects new material frequently. All it takes is a few too many weeks of silence and your hype can die, just like that. A big turning point for us was our debut album ‘Imagine This.’ Unfortunately by the time we managed to save up the money, write the songs, create the record and finalise release plans we had been gone for too long and we were no longer able to just continue on from where we left off. That’s an important lesson that we learned.

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When it finally ends, what do you think you are going to miss the most?

I’ll miss the shows. I always felt there was a special energy that came with an FEH show. Fans would tell me the same. I don’t know if it was the jumpy songs, the positive messages that we tried to spread or just the incredible people that were a part of them, but they were truly something special. It just felt like everyone in the room was in the moment and none of our problems mattered for those hours. I’ll always be able to get in a studio and write a song or connect with fans and friends on twitter – but the energy I felt on that stage will be hard to replicate.

 

You had multiple national tours, and toured along side greats like Short Stack, Neck Deep and State Champs to name just a few. What were some of the biggest highlights & most favourite memories?

I celebrated my 20th birthday last year on stage with Simple Plan in Melbourne – they brought me up and sung me happy birthday during their set. That has to take the cake. The whole tour we did last year with Simple Plan will always be my favourite actually. I was in the front row of a Simple Plan mosh pit when I was only 11 years old and they played such a huge role in my childhood. Not only were we lucky enough to share the stage with them but we actually got to spend a lot of time together as well. We shared a dressing room in Brisbane and Melbourne, they watched our set, offered their feedback, shared their stories and made us feel so incredibly welcome. Honourable mention goes to our tours with Short Stack, State Champs, For Our Hero and the day that 400 people showed up to meet us in a park in Melbourne.

 

Any plans for any of you to pursue a solo career or join another band?

I can’t say much yet, but you’ll definitely be hearing more music from me in one way or another. Hopefully real soon too!

 

This band has been a huge part of the last 6 years of your lives. What’s next for each of you?

Funnily enough, this is actually the busiest I’ve been with music in a long time. So for me personally, music will continue to take up my time and I love that. Kane is pursuing and exciting new career and focusing on work for a while and Mav and Arran are taking things as they come – I think and hope that you’ll hear more from them soon too, but don’t hold me to that! I don’t know what I can and can’t say right now haha.

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I imagine the FEH-Well Tour will be a cracker. What are some of the things we can expect?

We’re doing everything we can to make it our most exciting tour yet. I think the most important thing to know is that we’re doing our best to cater to everyone. We’ll be playing a bunch of old songs that we haven’t played in a long time, it’ll be our first time playing ‘Feel It’ and we’ve even got some cool little surprises. It’ll be the longest set we’ve played too! Gotta make sure there’s time for all the classics!

 

Well, I guess Forever really does End Here (sorry lol). Any final words for your fans who will no doubt see this as both a celebration and a sad event?

Hahaha, you’re certainly not the first to make the pun! We beat you all to it in our announcement post 😉 Most importantly I want to encourage everyone to see this as a celebration! We’ve had the most incredible 6 years with everyone so let’s end it on a high note. When one door closes, another door opens. We don’t know what the future holds for us all yet and that’s such an exciting concept. And of course thank you! To anyone who has ever supported the band in any way. No doubt I’ll babble on about the more at the shows – so please please please buy a ticket and come along so that I can thank you all in person.

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Catch Forever Ends Here one last time on their FEH-Well Tour along side Shorelines with a one-off reunion from Day Break!

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