INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Originally from Malta, but now based in the Czech Republic, five-piece Different Light have been entertaining proper music lovers for the last two decades with a powerful, melodic sound heavily influenced by progressive rock.
Having released their universally acclaimed fourth studio album, ‘The Burden of Paradise’, early last year, the band are currently preparing for a busy rest of 2017, with them starting work later this year on a follow-up, as well as getting out there and playing to their devoted fan base.
I recently spoke to the quintet’s frontman, and sole surviving founder member, Trevor Tabone, and this is what he had to say to me:
How did the band get together initially?
The band was formed in Malta in 1995 when myself got together with three friends and decided to play music together. After I moved to Prague in 2000, I reformed the band, and after various line-up changes, we now consist of: myself (keyboards, vocals), Jirka Matousek (bass), Petr Matousek (drums), Petr Lux (guitars, backing vocals) and Petr Kania (live guitars).
How did the name Different Light come about?
I was out drinking in a bar with Mark (original guitarist) one night, when he thought of the name, it was the one we thought was the best the next morning….
To somebody discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?
We have been described as being neo/crossover prog (whatever that means!), I suppose we’re a melodic, piano/guitar based band which uses a lot of unusual chord changes!
What are the band’s musical influences?
Genesis, Supertramp, Rush, Pink Floyd, Camel, Yes are all bands that we grew up with, so I guess it’s this kind of music.
What would you say was the band’s approach to songwriting?
I write most of the material myself, then present it to the band, where we rearrange and develop it, and then Petr Lux gives it the final flourish. We always go in to record with the music already developed, bar a few minor changes.
Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?
Mostly from what I see and experience in everyday life. Love, hate, hope, delusion, human emotion in general, we don’t do fantasy!
How was the reaction to your latest album ‘The Burden Of Paradise’?
The reaction has been nothing short of phenomenal. Reviews and fan reaction (and sales!) have been fantastic, and we want to have the same thing with our next album…and I’m sure we will!
What is it like for the band playing live?
We’re more of an album based band, so we haven’t played much live, but we’re planning to play some gigs later this year. When we do, it’s always great though, we try to recreate the emotion and power of the recorded songs, and it usually works!
What have you got lined up in the near future then?
As I’ve just mentioned, we’re planning to play a few gigs later on this year, plus I’ve finished writing an album which we plan to start recording after that.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
To have our music remembered long after we’re gone!
‘THE BURDEN OF PARADISE’, THE LATEST ALBUM FROM DIFFERENT LIGHT, IS AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY, AMAZON AND ALL OTHER PLATFORMS.
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OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.differentlight.cz/