Finally we are able to present you the interview with Amaranthe. After Sandra had been grilling the guys from Smash Into Pieces, she also took the chance to conduct an interview with the gentleman from Amaranthe that same evening. Sorry, there were not only men, but also the wonderful singer Elize. We asked Amaranthe among other things how they are writing their awesome songs, what music they are usually listening to and we also tried to find out more about their new songs. Particularly interesting and almost hard to believe: On the new album will be songs! We really did not expected that but read for yourself.
Sandra: You are currently touring with Smash Into Pieces and Deals Death. How is it going so far and which city do you think went the best?
Jake: Berlin went the best. It was the best show!
Olof: I really don’t think there were enough people to say it was the best….
Jake: I think it was the soundcheck actually. *group laughter* (the interview was before the show in Berlin)
Elize: It’s really hard to say actually. But of course you have your personal favorites shows. Maybe… I think first of all it’s when you feel you connect with the audience. And that was especially I think in Milan for example and also in Budapest… also Prague.
Olof: Oh yeah the Prague show but more like all the shows have been awesome but as Elize says we all have our special favorites of course but the tour has been going great as well and the openers are really good, we are very proud. They are attracting new fans to themselves all day at every show. I think the tour in general has been really successful.
Elize: Yeah it’s actually hard to point out any favorites because it’s been so good every day .
Jake: If I had to choose my favorite show it would be the one in Madrid. When it comes to connecting with the audience. It really seems like pretty much all the shows but one was really good and that one was in the middle of the mountain so I guess that’s why.
Sandra: Which one was that, the one that didn’t go that well?
Olof: I have to say that the people that were there were actually really really awesome but there wasn’t many of them because there was no big city around. Small small city. It was in Switzerland. But it was a beautiful day and beautiful mountains so we still had a good time.
Sandra: The concert today is taking place at a location where 50 years ago just 100 meters away from here people died because they wanted to cross the wall to live in freedom. Did you guys know that? Did you guys get a chance to see the remains of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery or is there no time for that at all?
Olof: Is it actually just outside?
Sandra: Yeah if you actually just go into the direction where the East Side Gallery is at.
Olof: Okay I didn’t know that.
Elize: Yeah I actually knew that and was thinking about it the whole day. I really wanna go there. It’s been something I really wanted to do as long as I live. Probably we should just ask someone how to get there.
Sandra: Yeah, it’s towards Warschauer Straße.
Elize: I think I will eat and then go there actually. Check it out.
Sandra: The East Side Gallery is actually the remains of the Wall which got painted after it fell. I mean if you guys have time you should go see it.
Jake: I have actually been there before though, but not today. I went there by cab. I actually had no idea it was that close though. It was a long time ago, I would like to see it again.
Elize: You can come with me later!
Sandra: Let’s talk about your new album which is supposed to be released this coming autumn. There were a lot of hits on your album “The Nexus”. Looking at that success are you guys now under more pressure for the next album or are you guys just going to trust your gut?
Jake: I think that we actually felt more pressure on our shoulders in between “The Amaranthe” and “The Nexus” album because the first album skyrocketed so fast. As a small band, new band you are not really supposed to get that kind of success directly so we were a bit nervous to see if we could get the songs out of us for the second album. Now we’ve been more or less doing this every day. Touring, touring, touring, writing, writing, writing. So I don’t think we have the same pressure now as we had then.
Olof: I think the pressure is less but there was a sense of a pressure this autumn when we started to work on the basic concepts, because before we even started to write the songs, we were sitting down trying to find new sounds, new prospectives of the sound. And I think at the point when we had actually found them it was kind of easy thing to write the songs and I think the pressure really lifted up. Now when we went on this tour and started to look back a little bit on the songwriting because we’ve been writing writing writing all up till point when we started this tour. We’ve been playing some songs on the tour bus and all of a sudden we realize that if we still have another month to write before we enter the studio…or 3 and a half weeks at least, now we are starting to feel very very confident. The material is not only as strong as “The Nexus” but it actually might be much much stronger, so it’s definitely a huge step forward.
Elize: I personally feel extremely much more confident now with the songwriting because since the second album was so well received. So now it’s just continuing with what you want to do and what you love and the people will hopefully like it.
Sandra: Comparing your upcoming album to the current one, is it going to be with a little more pop or metal music?
Olof: I’m going to say it’s gonna be different Pop than “The Nexus” because a lot of the influences were like Techno and Pop from the late 90s or something like that.. that kind of keyboards I think the Pop sound is much more current in both the metal and the Pop side it will be much more updated. So if you listen to the American Top 40 of right now instead of 15 years ago that’s what the album sounds more like. I think that’s the best description pretty much.
Sandra: The melodies on your songs are very striking. Are the chorus-melodies developed first and then you work on the rest of it or is it the other way around?
Elize: It’s different every time actually. Sometimes you just get an idea in your head and then it maybe works better as a verse and then you just write the chorus later or you just carry a chorus in your head. It’s actually easier to have the chorus first and then build a verse out of that but of course everyone know the chorus is the hardest thing to write because it needs to be catchy and strong but I think so far we have.
Olof: Yeah it just depends. I think there has been some slightly different way of working on this album. If we start with a musical part, a musical intro for example and then we can build the chorus up on that.
Elize: It’s been built very much on the new sounds.
Olof: Yeah just like Elize says it’s been different every time, it kind of grows. Sometimes it’s the song title, like with the song “Automatic” for example. We were just talking about the song title and all of a sudden we had a song. We can’t really tell where it really happened . Most of the time it will start with a vocal line of a verse, of a chorus and some other time it will just start with the riff or keyboard sound but usually it’s the vocal line… well typically.