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Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail

What is your newest record about? And what inspired it?

It’s about dealing with death, loss, diseases and also about having a connection with people but realizing we don’t live forever. Recently, I’ve dealt with my wife’s miscarriage and her being diagnosed with the disease, MS. When you get older you realize you aren’t going to live forever and you see your friends and parents die. I find the more connection I make with a person the more scared I am of losing it.

Do you believe when you die, there’s a place you go?

I think the perception of what life is and what death is is not entirely the real thing. When it comes to science, we find we don’t really know or understand everything. I don’t know if it even necessarily matters or if it should dictate the way you live your life. It’s not death we are afraid of but the loss of connection with people we have met. Non existence is almost scarier than death.

Out of all the songs on your new album what is the one that stands out to you?

I wrote the record so that every song was like a single. I wanted to have all of them be equally great, so it’s hard to pick one. Some of my favorites are definitely Gold Jacket Green Jacket, Double Cross, New Jersey Makes, The World Takes and You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense. I’ve had times in the past when I haven’t been satisfied with all of the songs, but now being the one person in the band that can decide what goes on the record I am really excited

You’ve had a lot of lineup changes in your band, do you feel that has to do with you or why do you think that is?

Being in a band in your 30s is a hard thing to do when you want to have a family and sometimes touring is not for everyone. I think a lot of it has been money related, being in a band you find it’s hard to make money. I really can’t say why people have left the band but I do see there comes a time when you have to decide if making music is the most important thing to you.

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