With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THE LIGHTBRINGER. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-The main guidelines have pretty much stayed the same from the very start. Simon (Aureon) make the artwork and the storyline which are based on a fantasy world that mirrors the evolution of man, both in a spiritual and personnal way. The first album is pretty much self contained with a starting point and a closing. The subsequent releases expand on these ideas and lay the groundwork for the upcoming albums.
The production techniques have evolved but the core influences are still the same. The goal is to create a mystical journey, intriguing and immersive.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Since we’re not a live band (we’ve only done one show that we shared on youtube), everything is happening on the internets. It doesn’t really matter where we’re from, the real challenge is to be heard by those who care in this endless sea of attention seekers!
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We don’t try to copy ourselves. All music are composed by Simon (aka Aureon – Guitars, Drums, Lyrics, Artwork) so the core aura stay pretty consistent nevertheless. We don’t try to “please a market”, we’re building a whole and each new release is another piece of the puzzle. As a fan, the interest is to witness the construction of a temple over time and not to focus on the door of the second floor… if that makes sense.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge is the mixing process. First reason is because I do it (Olivier aka Archan – Bass, some vocals on 2 albums, production). So we’re limited by my experience in mixing and my ability to create a soundscape that match our expectations and the current album’s vibe. This always seem to take forever ahah!
On the composition side, Simon just do it. He doesn’t seem to struggle at all like everything already exist in his head and the next thing we know he’s ready to record the whole thing!
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Not with a 100% analog chain. We do API style preamps to converters for drums. I use a 1176 compressor and a 1073 for vocal takes. I guess recording and mixing full analog must be quite an experience. From what I understand, the magic happen when the console reach its headroom limit and start to “mix itself”, to bend, to adapt. Witnessing someone who master this art must be incredible.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-I personally prefer not to think about that. First, once it’s ready I’m already sick of it ahah! Second, an album takes a life of its own when it’s out there. It will mean something different for everyone depending on which phase of their life they’re in, what is their backgound and what they’re sensible to at that time. We only hope we will make an impact as strong on someone as our most influencial albums made on ourselves.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Our lyrics are more narrative than personnally engaging. We try to convey a fictionnal world so they are mostly descriptive and narrative. We want the lyrics to help the listener picture what the music is drawing and what is happenning.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-A big part. They depict what we are describing and talking about. It is hard to describe a whole universe with a couple of verses, harder than say a book of 500 pages, so the artwork definitely provides shortcuts to better visualize what is happening and what we’re talking about.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We’re mostly a studio band. The only live we’ve done so far have been a very positive experience but was very hard to pull off. The local scene have been very supportive but it’s hard to be a prophet in its own country I guess!
What do you see in the future?
-More collectibles. We want to make objects that represent certain aspects of our universe. We want to make more collector’s boxes, like we did with Heptanity. We want to expand the universe and explain its dynamic, its purpose and have it unfold with real life “treasures” that fans will be able to collect. We’ll see how it goes!
And of course, we will CREATE!