In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with FRACTAL UNIVERSE. Answers from Vince. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Vince : We want to give our personal take on Progressive Death Metal.
I would say that our songs are meant to be built in a way that people can grasp, with clear “leitmotivs”, a concise song structure, memorable parts and choruses, but still contain a lot of surprises, shifts and dynamics, which keep the listener alert, so it’s all about finding the right balance!
Overall, our music incorporates various influences and colors, that also span beyond the Metal genre.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Vince: The name came out of a brainstorming session, back when the band was just an embryo.
A fractal universe is kind of linked to the “theory of everything”, aiming to unite quantum physics and cosmology, by finding laws connecting microcosmic and macrocosmic realities.
To me, it reflects the way our music is composed: like in a fractal, there’s a shape you can grasp at first sight, but still countless details you can find by dwelling deeper into the piece.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Vince: When I was 12 years old, I randomly bought « Individual Thought Patterns » by Death in a CD store, and it was really a game changer for me. Shortly after, I discovered Cynic, Necrophagist, and many more, and it largely made me the musician I am today. Nowadays, I also listen to a lot of Progressive Metal, like Leprous or Tesseract, and a lot of not-Metal music : jazz, fusion, classical music,… I believe this altogether blends into the music I write for the band!
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
Vince: The idea behind the band had been around for quite a while, but the hardest thing was to find the right musicians, and to live close enough to each other to form a full band.
So when we finally succeeded, I already had the material for our debut EP written, and Hugo and I had already come up with the band name that we decided to go with!
From there, everything developed naturally, as we all had the same goals and expectations.
I believe that digital is killing the album format People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Vince: Time will tell! Hopefully albums still have a long life ahead of them!
But maybe single tracks will enable musicians to more directly reflect who there are at a given moment, and encourage some kind of “spontaneity”. Between the time you start writing an album, and the time it’s finally released, there can be a span of 2 years, so you can change a lot during that time, and an album often already feels like a look in the past when it gets out.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Vince: I think it’s extremely important. The artwork is often the first thing you see, and it might make you decide if you want to give an album a listen or not.
Since our first EP, we’ve worked with the same artist, Shad, and I believe he’s now really become part of our band’s identity. In the end, we want our artworks to be as recognizable as our music.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Vince: Actually, as an active musician, I’ve never really known anything else! Social medias were already well established when I formed my first band, so I had to learn working with it, whether I wanted to or not.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
Vince: Definitely! I think the Metal scene has always been very welded. With major medias,.. not really covering it, it has forced people into a more “do it yourself” kind of approach. So it’s a lot about people helping each other out, exchanging ideas, wether it’s bands, fans,.. and it feels great to be part of it!
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Vince: Touring is a major part of our band. Since 2015, we’ve played over 130 gigs all over Europe, and we wanna push it even further in the years to come.
I think it’s still the most efficient way to promote your band, as It really gives you a chance to make people understand what your music is about. When you listen to an album, there’s just the music, so either you like it or not, but live, there can really be a connection between artist and audience that reaches way beyond that.
What will the future bring?
Vince: With our new collaborations with Metal Blade Records, and K Productions in terms of booking, I’m looking very positively into the future of the band! For the first time, we’re surrounded by a full professional team, so I believe this will bring a lot of great opportunities in the near future.
Hopefully, this will enable us to share our music with people all over the world.
Besides, we’ve already started working on album 3, so rest assured that you will hear from the band in the coming years!