DREAMS IN FRAGMENTS is yet another cool band that has recently dropped in on me. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Chris: When I joined the band had been there for a while but the line-up wasn’t complete which made progress difficult. After line-up changes and now complete motivation came naturally brought out the best of the band.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
Chris: As a relatively new band you have to find your sound. Of course, what you like inspires you most, but you’ll always give it your touch. When I am writings songs that’s mostly a certain feeling I get along with it. I think it’s quite clear that we play modern melodic metal. But yes we are mixing different style elements into that, for example a bit of symphonic instrumentals, elements from electronic music or the spatial feeling from indie rock.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Chris: Most of the time I am writing the music for a new song which we then start playing at rehearsals. Everybody brings in his/her personal touch and ideas. Later we discuss things like song sequence details and ending, sometimes parts of the vocal melody or percussion rhythm.
If we record a track we go to my studio (Schall-Klang Tonwerkstatt) to do so.
Seraina: Normally Chris composes the whole instrumental and I am responsible for all the vocals and lyrics.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
Chris: You can do it like that and some even recommend that you do just that, because it’s supposed to attract more attention. But since we don’t go to the studio every time we have a new song, but practice it first to play it live, this “danger” isn’t that big for us.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
Chris: Yes it sure changed during the last twenty years since I started releasing music. From Radio and record store to downloading and now streaming. Some music styles have a more familiar scene and I think there more people still want to own a physical copy of the music which connects them more to artists than just streaming. Of course, streaming is consumed more and more these days which is a chance for spreading music and getting a bigger audience but at the same time you can drown in the flood of all the good bands from all over the world.
Seraina: I basically grew up with downloads and streaming. Nevertheless, I know of course that this has made it much more difficult for artists to make a living from music. But I also see the advantages, especially as a young band that doesn’t (yet) have the claim to earn money just with music. As a new band, it is important to promote your name and your music as well as possible. This has become easier with the internet.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Chris: We are getting really great feedback from friends, people watching us live and the reviews only are always fair and most of the time very good rated. What got the most attention is Seraina’s Voice which is very often mentioned as the band’s characteristic.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
Chris: From my point every contact with or feedback from a person you didn’t know before is remarkable and when after a gig someone approaches you to talk to you it is great. There are of course other exciting things like live skype interviews because you’ll never know what’s going to happen.
Seraina: On the tour through Eastern Europe we also had the opportunity to make face-to-face contact with people from other countries who heard our music live. The audience there is completely different than in Switzerland. That was very interesting and fun too.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
Chris: Yes. I found my place in the world in music early on. At that time, I didn’t know that it would almost become a destiny, otherwise I might have aspired to a different career. The local music scene gives me affiliation without condition or compromise. In the end, it’s togetherness and not competition. Music is also one of the best ways to express yourself and convey feelings.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Chris: Playing live is what gets you addicted to, you cannot stop that. Once you’ve tasted blood, you want more. And sure, it helps spreading the name and helping people to get to know your music.
Seraina: You can show so much more live. Recordings are cool, but people only hear the “perfect” end product. Playing live makes a band more human and at the same time you can transport so much more feelings.
What plans do you have for the future?
Chris: Doing as many Gigs as possible, because it is so much fun, and writing new Songs besides that.