How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
The lyrics are the final thing that comes after the music. The lyrics are based on the feeling I get when I listen to the music. Ideas for lyrics start coming when listening to early demos of the songs. Sometimes lyrics come pretty early, other times it comes after the song is done and we are recording it for an album.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
That you are able to get the ideas in your head across in the music. This can be really hard, but very rewarding when it works, and especially when it really connects with people.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Not really scared, it is more of a stylistic choice. I don’t really reveal much in our lyrics, since it is more based on metaphors and it is not that specific to my own life. It is up to interpretation, which I really love. I have often been disappointed when I learned the real meaning behind some lyrics.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
I think I am the most happy with the song Until the Embers Fade from our latest album. I think it manages to convey the sadness that the music implies, and the two work together in a great way. And it means a lot to me.
What inspired “Echoes of a Lost World” part of your latest album/EP “The Embers of Eternity”?
The lyrics for this song is inspired by the fear, depression and anxiety that can hold you back in life. Your own mental health can be your worst enemy. And it is about the struggle to overcome that.
And “Beneath the Shattered Sky”?
This song is inspired by all the horrible things that are going on in our world today, and people refusing to see it. Denying what is happening and burying their heads in the sand to avoid facing it.
Do you remember the day you wrote “A Voice for the Silenced”?
Yes. I was really loving the instrumental demo, and lyric ideas started flowing. I wanted the song to basically being a source of strength for those who struggle to believe in themselves. Everyone has this immense amount of strength inside them, but many are unable to wield that strength.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
Yes. It is a concept album about a future where humanity didn’t do enough to save the planet, so everything we are afraid could go wrong now basically went wrong, and the planet is pretty much an inhospitable wasteland. So the album is about what went wrong, how we refuse to take action, and how we have the power to make change if we really want to. It also deals a lot with depression and believing in yourself.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
We produced the album ourselves, and I did probably 95% of the vocals completely by myself. So apart from our drummer making some great suggestions for backing vocals, I didn’t get any suggestions at all. A producer would probably make some great suggestions, but even if we didn’t have that opportunity, I am very happy with how it turned out.
What are your plans for 2020?
More live shows, music videos and writing songs for the next album!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “The Embers of Eternity”: Epic!
- The best show you ever played: Paris 2013 in a small club and won over the audience. Great crowd surfing and moshing.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: I always would like honey and being able to boil water. But it’s rarely available unfortunately.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: It would have to be Metallica, the reason I started playing guitar and wiring music. Album has to be “Master of Puppets.”
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Face of Melinda by Opeth.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: I would say keep having your hobbies. It is healthy to have something that is yours, and it makes you appreciate both your partner and your hobby even more.
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