Q&A WITH SEB OF SHINY DARKNESS
Q.. Shiny Darkness formed in 2010 – What took you so long?
Seb.. Basically this was a solo project in the beginning. I wanted to restart making music and I started with experimentation with Electrocaution and then formed Shiny Darkness by producing my first album, 'Lighthouse' in which, Katerina wrote the lyrics for 2 songs, “So far so close” and “ Not Human”.
Q..I have to mention the beautiful Katerina. She is your manager in France but she is also a backing vocalist for the band. Was this is a mutual set up or did she suddenly find herself adding vocals to one of your tracks?
Seb..It came naturally, while working on some songs. I had the idea and it worked out well.. So she will be more present in the new album...
Q.. Yourself, Olivier Jacques, Olivier Rennesson were old school friends and years later you came together and produced 'Lighthouse' Who decided what musical direction the band were going in?
Seb..As I mentioned, Lighthouse, was written and produced by me in the beginning. After when the time came to present the album live, I asked from Olivier Jacques and Olivier Rennesson to join me on stage. With both of them we were playing together when we were young.
Q.. Your 2nd album 'My Angel Has Spoken' was lyrically deep and powerful in places. In Lille, yourself and I discussed briefly the lyrics to 'Moments'. You said it was a personal song about a time in your life. Was 'My Angel Has Spoken' an album reflecting moments in your life?
Seb..All my songs reflect one way or the other moments in my life. For me in a song the lyrics have equal importance to the music.
Q..What is your usual songwriting process? Is it a joint effort or do you like to be alone in a quiet environment?
Seb..The basic skeleton of the song is done in solitude, and yes a peaceful environment is needed. For the third album I have changed a little bit the process as, after I form the songs I am in the studio with Dragan, from XMS, and we enrich the songs together...
Q..The new album 'New Substance' will be launched 0n 7/12/13. Why did you name the album after a band you were in as a teenager?
Seb..Indeed the album will be launched in the UK, at the Bridgehouse, on December 7 and we are very excited about this night. As for the name of the album, many reasons, one including the fact that some songs were inspired by this period.
Q..What is your favorite track off the new album and why?
Seb..For the moment my favourite is the last we have mixed! As we are still on the process it’s very difficult to answer this question now!
Q..Mother is the first single from the album to be released 9/9/13. Why 'Mother'?
Seb..It’s a very strong song with a very strong, even if not happy, story behind it.....
Q..There is a Synth Revival going on at the moment with so much new and exciting raw talent coming through. Who has caught your ear of late?
Seb..I don’t want to name specific bands as I don’t want to forget anyone, but many many have caught my ear lately and the synth revival you mention is making me really happy.
Q.. A lot of bands will admit there isn't a lot of money in music sales for bands trying to break through. What is the key to a bands progress and survival?
Seb..Love for music.... That’s what motivates us and keeps us alive. When someone is touched by your music and your songs, it is the food you need in order to survive! We also have to thank the DJs who have supported us, Dave Charles, Skerat, Rob Harvey, Phil Marsh, DJ PK, Paul Randell & Johnny Normal and all the bloggers, photographers and especially our fans who spread the music of Shiny Darkness. Without all these people it would not be possible.
Q..Dragan, A musical genius from X Mouth Syndrome has been working on the album with you. What ingredient does he add to the Shiny Darkness sound?
Seb.. Dragan has been mixing and mastering on the new album. Together we have add beat and bass etc...
Q..I met a gentleman named Lee Sargent who is your manager in the UK. How did your paths cross?
Seb..We met during one of our gigs in London, at the Courtyard Theatre, through Katerina, who was living in London at that moment. We were naturally attracted, and one thing led to the other and now we are more than proud to have him as our manager and also a very dear friend!
Q.. i-synth I – What a blast!! I-synth II already confirmed for 24th - 26th April 2014 with the return of Spacebuoy, Tenek & X Mouth Syndrome were recently confirmed as an additional act. Can you give me any clues as to who else is/might be part of the event.
Seb..Be patient Andy., maybe by the time you publish this interview you will have more clues :)
Q.. What is the thought behind the new Shiny Darkness logo?
Seb..Opposites - Good, evil , male, female... kind of like Shiny Darkness
Thank You Mr Deruwez. Pleasure!