Prague based progressive rock band with Maltese roots, Different Light returned this year with the release of their new album titled “The Burden of Paradise,” and Prog Sphere conducted an interview with keyboardist and singer Trevor Tabone.
Define the mission of Different Light.
It’s basically to make our music known to as many people as possible with the best music we can make. Also, to try and move people with it.
Tell me about the creative process that informed your new album “The Burden of Paradise” and the themes it captures.
It’s interesting in that I had quite a few older ideas that we hadn’t ever recorded, and I wanted to rearrange some of them and combine them with the newer stuff that I’d written. I managed to do this especially in the longer multi-part songs. As a typical example, ‘War’ (part2 of In Love and War) is a very old piece which is 95% the same as it always was, whilst ‘Love’(part 1) is a mix of a completely new part, mixed with another old part.
The themes are life, relationships, love, freedom, truth, obsession, idolatry and anything that is real and connected to the human mind, we don’t really do fantasy!
What is the message you are trying to give with “The Burden of Paradise”?
I don’t think there is only one specific message, maybe we want the listener to relate to his or her own life from the lyrics. Although there is a lot about individuality and finding freedom.
How did you document the music while it was being formulated?
As I can’t write music I basically keep it in my head! I replay parts often to make sure I have it imbedded in my brain. If there are lyrics, I usually write them with every line of music and then it’s easier to remember the music when I read the lyrics again.
Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?
Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t. There are parts which I’ve pondered over for months sometimes, others which I’ve completed in a couple of hours. The problem with our kind of music is that it can be difficult to join the parts, plus I’m not very good at ending songs, so maybe that’s why I keep joining parts together!
Describe the approach to recording the album.
What we did was I presented the basic demos to the band, already with a good idea of the arrangement. Then we played them together and rearranged and refined the music. We then recorded the drum, bass, keyboard and vocal parts in a studio and sent them to Petr Lux (guitars and backing vocals) who did his bits and engineered and mixed it.
How long “The Burden of Paradise” was in the making?
It took much longer than we first envisioned. We actually started at the beginning of 2014 and finished the whole thing at the beginning of 2016. I think it was well worth the wait!
Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?
I suppose bands like Genesis, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Yes, Porcupine tree, Camel, Marillion and a few others.Can you tell when you hear it?
What is your view on technology in music?
I am a complete technophobe! I’m not even sure what my keyboard does! In fact I write everything on piano and acoustic guitar, although I might need to learn a bit more as I know it definitely helps. I usually leave it to the other guys…
Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?
I don’t want to sound pretentious and say that it does. Music has always helped me through certain times of my life so maybe that’s the main purpose.
What are your plans for the future?
At this point, we’re seeing how well the album does and will take it from there. We don’t have any concrete touring plans yet, but we definitely want to do that. I’m also writing new music for the next album.