BLACK LIGHT is an Italian metalcore band that I thought I would shed some light on. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-You know, when you start it’s all a mess. Member change, songs suck, and it takes some time for the band and the music to shape. So we’re gonna talk about when we started to make our first album. This is the step in which you already feel like you’re a rockstar, even if you’re super far from being one, but let’s call it the enthusiasm given by every step forward. The point is that there’s a lot of steps forward to do before realising any kind of dream. And now, after have released another EP and being signed to a label which is bigger than any we’ve been signed to before we see that we’re still at the beginning, and that we’ve maybe done 2% of our path before reaching the level we want. But we won’t stop. We know that it’s also about luck, that it could maybe never happen, but we’ll never know if we don’t try to make it real.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
-The best locations are the ones which gives you the biggest possibilities, and sometimes, they’re not the ones you’ve expected. You know, everybody say that England and America are the best places to make music like Metalcore, and for a certain point of view that’s true, also because most part of the bands come from there, and of the english language is the only one that gives you the possibility to go international. Our lyrics are in english as well, but we’ve chosen a different path. Our recording label, Sliptrick records, is based in Liepāja, Latvia, and so, we’ve joined their headquarters there. This land has one of the world’s fastest internet connections, and is a growing country. It’s also a place where rock and metal music are stil popular compared to western Europe. So we see it as the perfect place to build our future.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
– We haven’t started touring all over the world yet, we’re working on it. But we could say that playing in different countries, seeing different feedbacks from different audiences when we play live is an awesome experience. It makes us meet different people every time, and we love it. Our next gig will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, where we’ll warm up for Betraying The Martyrs. We are pretty excited about that!
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-We have released our new single “Map Of Truth” on May 18th, and had a pretty great feedback about it, which made us proud of what we’ve done. This single is the first song taken from our forthcoming EP “Set Yourself Ablaze”, and the first to show they way our sound changed compared to our previous records. So we kind of took a risk, and we’re happy that our audience liked it. By the way, we think it all depends on what you want to become. If you want to make music your profession, feedback is, of course, very important for it.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-A “hit” song has to hit you. You know that you’ve written one when the melody sticks to your brain, and stays into your head for days. And if it’s the same for every band member, it’s even more a certitude. Because we’re not the same person, and as more different people the song sticks to, as more we’re sure it’s a hit.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-We’re writing new stuff right now, and we record everything by ourselves, using our computers for the most part. Digital stuff is great, because is way more accessible, way cheaper, and that’s also the reason the number and variety of musicians improved on this last 15 years. Then, of course it has is limits, because it’s a simulation of what analogue is. So if you want a complete production and the highest sound quality, analogue machines are necessary. But even in big studios, analogue stuff and softwares work together. Digital is everywhere nowadays. You can use it to make an entire CD, but also to make analogue machines work in a easier way.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
– It’s awesome! As a lyricist, one of the reasons I started writing is to share my ideas with people, and maybe make them take something from them. So seeing and hearing an audience sing along is one of the best feelings ever.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Our lyrics changed over time. Our forthcoming EP, but also our first album “Storms and Shades” features similar social topics. The lyrics are kind of rebellious. They express the feeling of a young person which get thrown too fast into working society, and starts questionings all its contradictions. The new ones we’re writing now are more personal, intimate, and more based on feelings and introspection.
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-There’s the possibility to add artworks on a digital file. And we think it’s fondamental. The artwork could make the audience to enjoy a visual form of what musicians want to say with the stuff they create. Artworks also give the possibility of featuring mixed arts into band’s works.
What does the future hold?
-We’re working 100% on music now, by writing new stuff, improving our live presence, and learning about the music business as well, with the Sliptrick guys giving us an awesome training. Our wishes for the future are to make our music evolve even more than now, we’re keep changing our style with the stuff we write. Another wish we have is to play live in as much countries we could. To discover new places, new people and to share our stuff, with the hope to make them enjoy their time with us as much as we do with them.