With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to BLACK LILIUM. Answer 7+8 by Felix (Vocals), 9 by Jan (Drums), 1-6 and 10 by Marcel (Guitar). Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years-
-I believe that every musician loves his instrument and performing. When we started our first bands, of course, the dreams began too. All the band members have previously released music so as to be heard and noticed. There was hope in all of us to be able to make a living playing music. It requires a lot of hard work and time. If the awaited success doesn’t become apparent, then one has to chose between either a more modest lifestyle or eventually pursuing a career parallel to music. That’s how it was in our case (Speaking for Jan and me). So currently, the music alone is at the forefront and we’re having a lot of fun. Then, working out the next logical steps since we are not under any pressure or obligations to do otherwise. Of course we are always dreaming of new musical endeavors. (Marcel)
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? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
-Of course, certain locations can offer better opportunities since the public would be more aware. There are (or were) certain cities that cater more to the Metal genre. Not being present in these locations doesn’t affect us or our vision. Two of Germany’s most successful Rock bands, The Scorpions and Rammstein, evolved out of Hannover and the former East Germany. None of which are known for their rock music scenes. (Marcel)
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?
-Taking part in a world tour is, unfortunately, something none of us has been part of. We have all been on european tours with our former bands. I think it’s a wonderful feeling to share music in different places. Making people happy and letting new people hear our music is amazing. Touring affords you the opportunity to meet fans and get direct feedback. At that very moment, you know what you as a band have worked so hard for… a lucky feeling for us all. (Marcel)
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-For a band and/or musician, healthy feedback is indespensible for the perception of oneself. Constructive criticism and praise are additional means for continual growth in the right direction. Naturally, only for those who can accept healthy critique. As always, there are bands that will care less about how they are perceived by either the public or those directly involved in the business or creative process. Feedback can determine your current location in the realm of things: „Where are we now and in which direction do we need to be moving ?“ Our album produced very little feedback leaving us with minimal information to work with. (Marcel)
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”?
-Hah hah hah… YES, the big hit. I have no idea what it’s like to write a hit song. We haven’t had one yet. Every song that we work on seems tob e a potential hit ! I don’t think anyone consciously tries to write a big hit song. We compose music that we ourselves enjoy. All our band members have emerged from various musical styles making it difficult to predict the result when we colaborate. Metal, Rock, Jazz and Pop – it’s all there and it all resurfaces in the music we make. It’s a special feeling in the songwriting process because each member is surprised at the outcome. Everyones influence is just a small part oft he whole project. (Marcel)
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?
-Physically speaking the digital process has only benefits. I think the somewhat innacurate A/D converters used in the 90’s left digital production with a bad reputation. Also condensed filing such as mp3 and extremely loud production helped give digitally produced music such disapproval. With regard to sonic perception, I believe everyone has to decide for themselves since we are all differently. (Marcel)
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-It feels kind of weird but it’s one of the most meaningful things to happen while playing a show. It shows, that people don’t just like the music, they also care about the words someone wrote because they’re important to them. These moments create a very special connection between artists and listeners. When you perform a song that’s emotionally important to you, it’s like “hey man, somebody cares. Keep going” (Felix)
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-For most people, they are not as important as the music itself. Depending on what type of music you’re into, this may vary. I don’t think about lyrics as a way to transport a message to others to make them change their ways of thinking or acting. For me, it’s more about writing to get things off my chest. It’s my way to deal with different things and sometimes it even helps me understand myself in a way I couldn’t without having worked with it. (Felix)
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?
-We put a lot of time and passion into the cover art work. A very good friend and talented artist (Johan Mann) started designing the art work.
Tragically, he passed away during this time. Two of his drawings are worked into the inlay to commemorate him. The cover is very special to us. The album is dedicated to him.
Chris Valentine from South Africa finished the art work and did an awesome job. (Jan)
What does the future hold?
-Everything we can passionately give our music. We should remain happy and content with what we have and what we are doing. The rest we can only influence to a certain degree. (Marcel)