The greatest pleasure to me is when I find a label or even just a single band that gets me excited more than usual. ONIRISM did that to me. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-I’m looking for diversity, to explore new horizons. With Onirism, To have chosen as the main theme the dreams, it gives me the liberty to experiment new things while staying consistent in my music.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-This one is very different from the others because here, I left the orchestra and traditional instruments for use mainly electronic sounds. At the beginning, I wrote this EP for an eventual synth project but I found that it will be interesting to use it for Onirism. So I arranged the compositions by adding guitars and drums, then I write the lyrics.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-The main theme of Onirism is the Dream. Anything wich concerns it in any way. I bring more importance to the writing of the music than the lyrics, they are there to put a context and the music does the rest, to put the décor, the emotions… But with the two EP ‘The Well of Stars’ and ‘Sun’ I wrote the lyrics like one big song cut in different parts.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-Honestly I don’t know but I can give you some bands that could inspire me, like Summoning, Windir, Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Mesarthim… I surely forget others bands.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-I didn’t really have ideas for this artwork. It’s after severals trials that the idea of the sun surrounded by stellar cluster come and seemed obvious to me. Artworks are very important because they are use to illustrate the music, someone who does not know Onirism will be able to get a concrete idea of the music that he has not listened yet. Album covers, all black with only the logo of the band… I find it so bad and useless, the visual is very important for me.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-As I specified, I agree with you. The artwork is something you must not neglect. it’s an integral part of the work and above all, it’s the first contact a person will have of the album. it must intrigue him, make him want to listen to your music.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-It depends on what I want to bring out of the piece but generaly, it’ not a big thing, after writing the lyrics, the title of the song comes to me quite naturally.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-It will be too bad but there will always be demand for physical formats, like vinyls, even tapes are always here. When I buy a CD or whatever, I like to have it in my hands, to have something beautiful (artwork…) flip through the booklet during the listening.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Onirism is a studio project only, it would take too much work and time for this project to make shows.
What lies in the future?
-A split with the indonesian atmosperic black metal band Pure Wrath is coming this month through Throat Productions, and the next full lenght album is almost ready and will be out in 2018.