DARK SYMPHONICA pretty much tells everything with their name. But since I am a curious George I wanted to know more. © 2016 Anders Ekdahl
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-I think that given how recently our album was released, and how brief ur time has been in the scene so far – we’re still in the early stages of finding our footing as far as recording styles go, but i can say that writing is always a dynamic, natural experience, and recording always feels that way to me too. Setting stylistic goals seems to me to be something of a restriction.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-One aesthetic I think we inadvertently end up retaining throughout all songs is a sense of fantasy, and an epic backdrop. If something sounds like it would work well in an intense fantasy movie, it’s probably a pretty epic song.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Lyrically, I think each of us has a different approach. I can’t speak for the others so much, but i tend to find that once I’ve thought of an idea i like and come up with a few lines of lyrics, the rest kind of just flows from there.
How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
-We were lucky enough to be able to work with an awesome artist called Luke from “Shots For Bands” (check him out!) for this album, and we basically told him the emotions we hoped to convey with the artwork, and the stories for the songs, and he did an amazing job of putting something together we all felt was an accurate visual representation of our music. As long as it looks the way the music sounds to us, i think we’re generally pretty happy with it!
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the metal you play?
-There do seem to be some aspects of the metal scene which make a lot of bands prone to misinterpretation. Elitists, for example, tend to give metal fans a bad name in the eyes of less conventional bands, however – i think our style is musically free enough that we can appeal to lots of people who would enjoy just listening to us, instead of trying to define us, or find meaning in things which have none.
Do you feel that you get the recognition you deserve, nationally as well as internationally?
-We all feel really lucky to have gotten the recognition we have so far, and we’ve tried our best to stay as modest as possible with it. In all honesty, having a fanbase to play to and people who want to hear our music is the best recognition we could hope for, locally or otherwise. Anything beyond that is just a pleasant surprise.
Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
-Sales of physical media have definitely steadily diminished since the advent of digital distribution, but i think it’s still very much alive within select demographics. I tend to listen to a band through whichever means necessary, and then buy their CD if i like their music, and i know lots of people do the same. Lots of people say that nothing beats the feeling of buying an LP, and i think a similar feeling is true for CDs.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-That does seem to be the case, but i think it’s more about how you utilize opportunities. Just like the difference between record deals 30 years ago and record deals today – a lot of people have had problems because of the rise of digital formats and modern marketing tactics, but you can use it to your advantage just as much it can hurt you, and touring is no different. Besides, touring with other bands always leads to the most interesting stories!
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Surround sound and Pyrotechnics would be cool. If i had *complete* control over a stage show, i’d like to have some flamethrowers synchronised with the drums, flames shooting out of the guitars, a pipe organ which pumps out flames, and our vocalist breathing fire. Generally just a lot of fire. Pyrotechnics seems to be a dying art, haha.
What does the future hold?
– For metal in general – the future holds a lot of diversity and further evolution of styles in ways i think we’ll find more interesting than ever before. We’ve already seen symphonic metal, dubstep metal, djent, babymetal, ladybaby, and countless others. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we end up with more entirely new styles soon that nobody expects. For us personally – the future holds the ability to learn from all the others who are doing exactly what we’re doing, maybe for some people to learn from us in the same way, and hopefully enjoy themselves while doing so.