A LIGHT WITHIN

A LIGHT WITHIN is a band that I have come to like. I had to interview them to find out some more. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
Jeff Irvine (JI): I’m still very proud of the music, the production and what we accomplished with the recording of “Epilogue”. Our 1st two EPs we recorded and mixed ourselves. WIth “Epilogue”, we stepped out of that comfort zone and used someone outside the band that wasn’t as close to the music as we are. Still proud of the 1st two as well because we learned a lot by doing them ourselves.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
(JI) So after my previous band broke up I was bummed and in a darl place, but I knew I would continue on and looking inward, I realize we all have this inner power or light within to drive us forward.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
(JI) That’s the best feeling. It means something that you hold very dear to you has connected with another person and that’s just something you can’t explain. It also keeps us moving forward and trying to write something better than what we’ve already done.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
(JI) In a live sense, we really try to obscure of image with lights or lack of lights. I also think that’s something appealing to see when you’re watching a band perform. I think it makes for a stronger show when you appeal to more than just one sense. As far as band imagery, we try and follow the same idea. We’re not a boy band or a band that focuses on an image to further our music. But we still do just as much work by obscuring our image rather than focusing on it.

I am a huge fan of LP artwork. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
(JI) As a graphic designer, I try and make the artwork fit for a particular situation. No matter what that may be, a show poster, a facebook event or album artwork. I do my best to focus on the design and make it a part of the experience.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a downside to it too?
(JI) Not sure I’d call it a downside, but there can be situations where someone can attack a band or person at their whim without any provocation. It hasn’t happened to us, but we’ve all heard about a band or person being attacked in this manner. I personally love the ability for a fan to reach out to us just to say hi, that was a great show the other night or whatever it may be. Just seems to be a little more intimate this way. We do our best to respond in a timely fashion.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
(JI) It’s a great feeling to be able to hear from your peers, whether they are in the same town as you or miles away. Within this age of instant connectivity, it’s easy to feel as apart of a larger community than you could have been 20 years ago and it’s so much easier to discover bands that are similar to what you’re doing.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
(JI) I feel like the Kansas City music scene is as strong as it ever was at the moment. There’s a lot of good bands that are getting more exposure and moving on to bigger and better things.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
(JI) We are really not in the situation where we can tour extensively. We have 2 dads in the band with young kids. We are looking at doing some small weekend runs and if the right tour comes through our area, we’d definitely be interested in hopping on a few of those dates if they were offered. If have luck with other bands booking outside of our state, so if that opportunity came to us, I don’t think it would be too difficult at all.

What will the future bring?
(JI) More shows, more writing and more recording. And hopefully more people to hear what we’re doing.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We appreciate the support.

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