We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-When we started ETL we didn’t understand actually what we wanted from our music. We just created some riffs and melodies and played them. The band has gone through many changes since that time, but our main preference remains unchanged – to create the music. We’re not about show business and something like that.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-As we have never been to these cool places we don’t see any of this kind of differences.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
– We hope our sound and music can be distinguished by the fans even now. Our discography shows the regular changing in different aspects of music. So, what the question is about?
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
– Oh, we have really cool songs, great news! The biggest challenge is to see the process through to the end. So, how do we write our cool songs? Moving beyond obstacles.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
– It’s better to describe here our recording process. We had recorded our music playing guitars and drums live together. After that we recorded vocals and flute over the other instruments. But we always recorded in wav-format if you mean this. Though recording on tape seems very interesting. Maybe we’ll try this method one day.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
– It’s like a weight off our mind. For us album recording is a very hard process. And no, we don’t think too much about somebody’s impressions.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
– If we’re talking about our latest release “Lifestories” it’s about themes like life as a trick and about sometimes people are not what they seem to be. “Regressed” is about dissociative or psychogenic fugue, psychiatric disorder when the person loses his previous memories and individuality, leaves his family and often moves to the other place and thinks that he is new, another person. Usual stories of usual lives, as you can see. Lyrics are important for us but we dosie it closely. And nevertheless we create the music, not the poetry with accompaniment.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
– Usually we began to think about art work for the album when the music had been already done. Of course, we discuss our vision with an artist or a graphic designer but the result mostly depends on this man. Sure we want to have a good picture suitable to our release but we don’t think that the cover is more important than the music.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
– Sure, at most of our gigs fortunately. But we remember one event in the past with completely dead listeners without any feedback.
What do you see in the future?