ORMYST have just released their debut album. An album that makes me want to know more about the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
D. L. : It’s a special thing because it’s our first album, it will forever remain a unique experience for us. We dove into so deep into the unknown at the beginning; we had no clue of what we were doing, learnt pretty much everything on the job. To be back from those depths feels great, and a little bit weird too. A few years ago, there was nothing from this and now we have a full album out there…
Sophia : The feeling of achievement eventually! I think no one can really understand what one artist goes through before achieving such thing. I feel like all the struggles, the people that came and went, all of this finally bore fruits!
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
Sophia : I am fascinated by languages and how I can create new words, so I could have said that Ormyst is a play on these three words Or (Light in Hebrew or gold in French) and myst a combination of mist and mystery.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
Sophia : It makes me happy actually. And it really encourages me to progress whenever people like what I do, and thus maybe expect more? I want them to be comforted in their choice of listening to our music
D. L. : I really don’t know. I don’t think I fully realize it yet, I guess it would bring me joy, or pride, but really at this point I still don’t grasp what is going on out there.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
D. L. : I still haven’t put much thoughts into it. I know image should be a most important part in a music band, but we just try to be ourselves, to make the best music we can, and that’s pretty much it I guess. And well I think that’s how I’d like people to feel about us, a band that makes music with honesty, for the superior sake of the music only.
Sophia : I never thought of a particular image to adopt when I engaged in this project. But I guess we’re all about being surprising every time. Yes, that could be a pretty accurate image for what Brandon will reserve for the other projects to come!
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
D. L. : I’m also a huge fan of artworks ! I often like to go to the store just to look at all the CD covers, in every shelf, and I wonder what music could be behind each artwork. So it’s definitely very important to me. Artworks should grasp both the theme and the atmosphere of the music, while also being enjoyable to look at. I think we got it right with the artwork of Arcane Dreams. I can’t draw, but I had a rather clear view of what the cover should display, and then we worked with a polish designer, Anna, and she definitely nailed it. I look forward to working with her again for the next album, and get an amazing drawing again.
Sophia : It really means a lot. I myself love to draw to express my feelings or to help people feel better and lots of other reasons, so the image that you put on a song, on an album must be very meticulous in my opinion. And I must say that this art work is really good. And since I like boats too, this is just perfect!
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
D. L. : Yeah I agree on this. Social media are necessary to get any kind of visibility, that’s the way to reach people out there so it’s pretty much a requirement if you want anyone to listen to your music and go to your gigs. The downside being, to me, that it looks like an endless pit of constant flow of billions of quick informations, in which it becomes hard to catch the whole picture, the intention, the core of all the art that’s out there. It often gets reduced to some blue thumbs and that’s it. I myself am not so much into facebook and all that, so I usually let the other band members, who are more familiar with it, handle this stuff.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
D. L. : Yes, definitely. Sounds a bit clichéd but that’s very true indeed.
Sophia : I don’t really know, I have always felt like a lone wolf in whatever I do anyway.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
D. L. : It depends on what you would call “healthy”. I think it really depends on your own ambitions and means. Making your way through the music scene is mostly a matter of money, availability and getting to know the right people at the right time. Nonetheless, the scene is full of people who are enthusiastic and willing to have many good times with music. And as long as this will be the case, there will always be something to bring up here.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
D. L. : We definitely plan on touring to go along with the album. It has always been our ultimate goal, playing our music live. Outside France would be great also, it would give us the nice opportunity to travel and meet new people. As I said, making this happen is mostly a matter of means and availability. But the opportunities are definitely there I think. Especially in metal music. I may be wrong but I believe that the metal scene is very inclined to discovering new horizons, new bands, they are curious about everything that’s out there and not necessarily stick to biggest and most famous stuff.
Sophia : Wow ! I am all about travels near or far so if I can travel and do music at the same time, it would be a combo! It looks kind of hard to tour outside France though, but I believe we will get there!
What will the future bring?
D. L. : For Ormyst, a second album for sure. It will take months/years before it’s brought to life but it’s definitely on the way. Gigs also. We can’t wait to start touring, so look up for dates announcements !
Sophia : There will surely be a second album and I have lots of ideas for it! I hope the making of it will be as fun as the first!