With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to LUCID DREAM. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
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 this adventure began I had a great desire to make music and it is still so today. I believe that music reflects the path of our life and it is really what we are, what we perceive, what we think, the emotions we live and how much the subtle world reverberates in our lives. Music in its structure reflects our psychophysical system. Harmony, melody, rhythm, that is to say mind, emotions and physical body. An artist who sees music in this perspective has a great and powerful tool to enter himself, to work on himself, to balance his energies, open himself to the divine and reflect his very personal path in music. I also wrote about these things in my book “The Zen Of Music”.
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?
– I believe that the place where you born and then later where you live gives a great imprinting to your path. The nature where I lived has helped me a lot with its energy and has been an inspiration and subtle nourishment. On a social level, however, if you live in a large metropolis, you definitely have more opportunities to make yourself known and share life and music with people. In Italy it is not easy today, but I think it is difficult a bit all over the world … The reason why at some point some musicians emerge I think it’s about destiny … The important thing is to do your best, follow the road of one’s heart to the end, like a true warrior and to leave the final outcome of one’s actions to Heaven.
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?
– The Great Dance Of The Spirit is the first job I decided to release with a label and I hope it helps to make this music known to many people. Each album is a part of a wider path, so there will be changes, new solutions and arrangements, it is part of the natural evolution. So I hope fans have an open mind to always gaze new horizons. We are already preparing new songs and they taste very new …
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
– Who can say this? You try to make your best, but true inspiration is something you can’t control. You can only make yourself the most available and able to receive impressions that your talent will then encode into music… The clearer you are, the more you can faithfully translate the original message.
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?
– A compromise must be made between the budget and the quality of the recording. The analogue is fantastic but it also takes more time in studio recording, more time, more money! . We relied on new technologies while keeping our gaze on those sounds that made school. For example, for the guitars I did the reamping which allowed me to save hours in the recording studio, but then I was careful in the choice of the amps, the pedals … For example we used a wonderful tape echo on the Invisible Stranger …
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
– You have reached a new goal, but the path never ends and I will tell you that usually when I finished a work it already seems old! This is because I try to keep an eye on the next steps already! Obviously I hope you like it!
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
– in the last two albums I also wrote the lyrics and I believe are an important part of the message, even the words are vibration, not just the music. Even if everyone have a different interpretation they give a good guideline of the artist’s intent. They indicate a direction.
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?
– I have always focused on graphics because the images speak directly to our unconscious part and more than anything else they represent what you are, your intent. They immediately jump beyond the rational mind. The Great Dance’s three-door digipack format contains many suggestive images!
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
– I am happy when I find people really interested in Lucid Dream music and follow you on the path over the years. It gives you support and motivation to continue.
What do you see in the future?
– I see a new album that we are already partially recording and I hope to be able to play The Great Dance live! I am also preparing a very special project with Roberto Tiranti … Meditations on musical intervals guided by Roberto’s voice! We’re also remixing and remastering our first album Visions From Cosmos 11… I hope there is always something going on!