ORION DUST is a French progressive band that I have just gotten into. Read what they have to say for themselvers. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-It’s hard to say. We’re doing our best to keep going. We know we’re not the only band out there, and that there are lots of good bands on the market. We know that’s a long journey, so we’re working on the long term to make good music of our own.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-It did and didn’t, actually. It’s our first album, so it’s the one that sets the beginning of the journey. It also sets the way we want our music to sound, a sound we’ll make evolve throughout the years. Our music is meant to get better and better ! “Duality” has many qualities, even though it’s not flawless.
We wanted to make substantial music so we can lead Orion Dust to something even better than it is now.
The album was very well received, and that encourages us to keep going.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-At the beginning, we had no clue what our music was gonna sound like. We only knew it would be a blend of numerous influences. We could say that « Duality » is the source of our sound, but we want it to evolve throughout the process anyway. We want to be true to ourselves and to the ones who listen to our music, so we can defend it at our best.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-“Duality” is a concept album. We do think the lyrics are important : during the writing process, we’re paying attention to the meaning of it, to the story it tells.
The way we see it, our songs are musical landscapes. The music goes with the text in a way that makes the listener go through different atmospheres, almost different materials.
That’s why “Duality” tells the story of the descent into hell of a fictional character, not only in one song or two, but throughout the entire album. A depression is a journey of multiple states into a fall we wanted to picture.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-The artwork is very important to us, it’s the album showcase ! It must describe the atmosphere and the sound of the project to whoever wants to listen to it !
We value the object, as it basically is the band ID. A disc isn’t just a sum of songs, it’s a hole context, a several years work, many people who put time and energy into it. Everything is detailed in it, we’re entering their story.
In addition, we think a good packaging is appealing as well as it shows the universe of the band, which downloading doesn’t do. Plus, at a time when people go back to vinyls, it makes a wonderful picture !
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-For us French people, we think it’s because of the musical culture from our country. Indeed, French music is based on pop songs and text songs, as opposed to rock music that first put place in the United States and later developed in the UK. Therefore, it’s pretty hard for us to sell our music in France. That’s why we’re trying to display it abroad. But for labels or festival planners, it’s difficult to trust a band with a small fanbase. The quality of the music is not that important when it comes to sell it to an audience in order to make money.
For us, success would be to do this for a living, to make shows and keeping on creating !
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-We try our best to have our own sound, to do our own thing, even if it seems hard (or impossible !). We’re working hard on not sounding like anothe r band. We do think that originality, quality, genuineness, longevity can make the difference. Many bands die after three to five years because they don’t meet immediate success. We do realize it takes time, that’s why we have to stand for our music whatever it costs, and that’s where media have a very important part to play ! As for us, we’re only at the beginning of our journey in the music world.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-We’re lucky we’re living not far from a big city (Lyon), where you can listen to many bands of quality from many different styles.
The national scene is important indeed, because it allows the project to be better known. That creates a larger fanbase, which is important to get bigger and gain credibility. That leads to even bigger scenes, even international ones. It may seem easy said that way, but the thing is… that’s not.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-There’s a small community in France, but like said before, it counts very few people. For those who don’t know metal, it is often considered brutal and noisy.
What does the future hold for you
-We hope our project will keep on growing and getting known abroad. We’re working hard on that, and by the way, thank you for contributing to that with this interview ! Let’s see what the future holds…