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 LUCIFERA. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
R:/ Greetings to all readers of BattleHelm, here David HellRazor, guitarist and composer of Lucifera, the history of the name of the band goes back to its beginnings when we still didn’t have own songs, the idea of forming a band was already a fact but the name It was always difficult to decide, because with this name the band was going to make itself known and was also going to register, it was after play some covers at the rehearsal room that the name with which we baptized the band was presented to us! listening to the Belgians ACID and their track titled LUCIFERA we thought about what the ideal name would be, that is how from that moment, more than 10 years ago, our band took the name of Lucifera and we have been working under that concept and under all the influence that the name gives us!
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
R:/ At the beginning, Lucifera’s formation was only for women and the one, that at the time was the vocalist, had a clean voice and sometimes something raw or scream, it was more suited to a style between Heavy Metal and Thrash Metal old school, I had to fix all my compositions to the E Standard tuning, because I always liked to do music in Open D tune, so the band made their first productions, and after a few years in which only the two founding members were in the band, I decided to work with the tuning that I always use, I am a follower and I owe much to Black Metal, I think it is the only genre that still remains pure and true to the raw and analogous sound of yesterdays, I wanted to use Black Metal as the main sound but uniting it with what we were already doing that was Thrash Metal, it was like I classify our genre as Black / Thrash Metal, although being sincere, I never went to catalog the genre or the music that I do, in Lucifera people can listen from passages Black to Thrash as of Heavy and even Death Metal, each Listener has its definition and is respectable, for that reason I do not like to specify or take for granted what gender we use or with which we identify ourselves!
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
R:/ As I said before, one of my biggest influences to create music has been Black Metal, I like many other genres including Rock ‘N Roll and even other music very apart from Metal, but I have always believed that Black Metal has been one of my pillars to build my own musical concepts, when I listen to another Metal genre I enjoy it but it doesn’t mean a base of inspiration to create, I learned to play guitar and other instruments thanks to bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, etc, but I found in the Black something that in no other genre I heard, and that is and has been principal for me when creating my music and giving it a style of its own, hated by many and liked by few!
How important is it to have a message as a band?
R:/ I never worried about sending a message as a band, in fact, I do what I do because that’s the way it should be, that’s how I feel, I make music for my own taste, it’s like a challenge, every time I compose I’ve matured musically and I do each track according to how I feel at that moment, I express everything through the music, it sounds individualistic but it is as they say there: if you want something well done, do it yourself! if they or you asked me to send a message as a band would be: Never desist, never give up and work hard and a lot for what is really worth it, with music it doesn’t matter the fame, the money, the recognition, the really important thing is transcend and leave something intangible in time!
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
R:/ In our case it is not, I do not know if in other bands it is, at first view in genres like glam or hard rock and related I think it is very important the appearance, define their music and lifestyle, I think the important thing is make quality music no matter how you look or see you, but of course some bands worry about the image and its appearance, I’m not a fan of going to concerts for many reasons, but I think that the image of a band can affect much in their live performances, a good show is also due to how the band is presented and how it looks on stage, of course that worked much more in the 80’s, I think it is more important to listen, investigate, analyze before to see what a band looks like, no matter what genre it performs!
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
R:/ I’m a graphic designer and I know that, the art of covers and albums are extremely important both, for the public and for the merchandise that the band wants to make with these artworks, an art that is brutally blasphemous or taken to the limits of your worst nightmares, they get much more public and out of simple curiosity people listen to these records, so you don’t like metal, just because of the cover image, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains and many other bands have achieved this to perfection! In these days I think it is much easier to attract public thanks to the arts of the covers, there are many illustrators who base their art for specific genres and offer their work to different bands, thanks to social networks it is easy to reach a certain audience, I remember that before the covers of the brand new albums could only be seen in specialized magazines, Metal Hammer, Kerrang and so on, now it is much easier and even many bands make their own covers for their bands! whatever the way they do it, art and music always go the same way, and more if it is dark music accompanied by blasphemous and extreme arts!
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
R:/ I don’t want to go into details about this question, I just want to say, thanks to the time and dedication Lucifera has gained its respect and space within a local, national and international scene, it was not easy, but the work we have done during these 10 years speaks on its own, respect is earned with facts!
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
R:/ It has been a great surprise to see messages, reviews, critics and more from countries and cities that never thought to arrive, or said in a better way, which my music could reach, it´s gratifying to know your work as individual, as I said in a previous question, have impact in different parts of the world, it´s a compliment that even for some bands your music is a source of inspiration, in short, this achievement I owe to many aspects of my life which make me have the ability to make music, and I thank many people who have taken some of their time to talk, write and learn more about my band! I hope in the future my work will be more known and massive in places that I have never heard of!
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
R:/ Being Lucifera a duo it’s very complex to have live performances, we’ve always had musicians who accompanied us in different shows, even in international tours, and thanks to them and these presentations we have to reach many more people who didn’t even know of our existence, playing live is a great way to win new fans and people who support your music, it’s even a great way to share experiences with people you only know in metal concerts, as I said before, I am not a person who really enjoy the metal concerts, either in local bars or in national stadiums/arenas, but it’s brutal when you are on stage and you receive all the energy of the people and even sing your songs, that moment is incomparable, the truth is how if for 20 minutes you were like a god and you give the best you have in that space! Sometimes I have mixed feelings with these experiences!
What does the future have in its womb?
R:/ Continue making music, it’s difficult to know if in the future the band will continue making albums, touring, creating music, it’s as uncertain as when you will die, you know that the day will strike, but you don’t know exactly what date it will be! I hope to continue making music and that time gives me this privilege to continue spreading my plague, Thanks for the space and for the interview, Greetings to all readers from the forgotten and cold south of Colombia! Hails!