An Interview with Adyta Founder Joakim Severinsen
I had an opportunity to to interview the former guitarist of Mortiferia from Norway, Joakim Severinsen, about his current project Adyta. Here's how the interview went:
Valerie: Why do you describe Adyta as a project?
Severinsen: That is mainly just because I’m the only member at the moment. I could be calling it a one man band as well, but it would feel wrong since it is not my intention to have this as a one man project.
Valerie: What does Adyta stand for?
Severinsen: The name has a few different meanings. One referring to something that must not be entered, and one as a holy sanctum in a temple of oracles or something. It doesen’t really relate to anything directly through lyrics or anything, it’s just a beautiful word I thought would be suitable for the music.
Valerie: Why did you decide on symphonic metal?
Severinsen: That came very naturally for me, so it’s not a decision I had to make. I used to do a lot of folk metal stuff earlier, but always with some symphonic elements. They have always been in my music. Symphonic Metal is a perfect description for this, since I really don’t want to limit the “genre” of my music any further and I can use a lot of orchestration elements. I sort of feel like I can do whatever sort of music I want now.
Valerie: Can you tell me a little bit about the new vocalist? Why did you pick her?
Severinsen: Hopefully you haven’t misunderstood the situation like so many do. Melissa is only singing on the first EP. Anyway, in my opinion she’s very professional and sings in a way that really fullfills my visions. I really liked her work with Visions of Atlantis and that’s probably why I chose to ask her in the first place.
Valerie: How are things working out?
Severinsen: Quite okay I guess. I’m a big pessimist so for me that’s actually a mild way to describe the situation. I’m awaiting vocal tracks for two more songs, and the drum tracks I’m not even sure about yet. They should have been finished by now, but I actually haven’t been informed about this. So I really do hope I won’t have to program them, cause it would sure sound way better if they were real.
Valerie: Tell me about the progress on the EP?
Severinsen: Well I’m not sure where to begin. The music is all finished of course. Everything should have been close to the end by now, but due to the delays that have occurred, time is standing still. Anyway, even though I might not be a hundred percent satisfied (since I’m a big perfectionist) I know it will be great as a whole. But the website will be updated when such important information can be announced, so keep checking it in between!
Valerie: Is "Rose of Melancholy" still the title?
Severinsen: Yes it is. I have been thinking a lot about this and even considered changing it. It will remain the title unless I come up with something I just cannot ‘not’ use. Hehe.
Valerie: Have you kept to the same track list as on the website? Can you tell me a little bit about each of them? Why did they get selected?
Severinsen: Yeah, I have kept changing it in between though. I seem to change my mind and decide certain things very slowly. But at least I’m not holding all the info back until it’s finished, which I think is good.
Valerie: How do you describe your sound?
Severinsen: I would simply tag it as symphonic metal, like it luckily seems like most people does! And there occurs folk, filmmusic and oriental elements. Actually I would just recommend giving it a listen when it’s available to make up one’s own mind when it comes to defining it.
Valerie: What is your writing process?
Severinsen: The writing process is very variated for me. Sometimes a melody just comes to my mind, sometimes while I’m trying to make up something with the guitar. It depends a lot on my mood as well, cause sometimes I get very creative and sometimes the opposite. I usually write everything down on the computer and then start arranging it and programming things to make a sort of listenable pre-version.
Valerie: Which groups do you admire?
Severinsen: I highly admire film music composers. When it comes to metal bands, there’s a heckload. To randomly mention a few; Haggard, Equilibrium, Epica.
Valerie: What inspires you to write?
Severinsen: Honestly I don’t really know. I just feel like it and I love doing it. I’m a very melancholic person, a deep thinker and I guess my way of expressing myself comes very well out through my music. Everybody needs a way to let it out, this seems to be the right way for me.
Valerie: What are your future goals?
Severinsen: I’m not even sure. Getting somewhere is of course a clear goal of mine, but well... Exactly how I cannot say. Hopefully just taking things as they come won’t be a bad thing. But I’d really love to take the music further, if I’d get the possibility!
Valerie: Is there anything else you want our readers to know about you and this project?
Severinsen: I hope they like the music and keep staying updated on the EP! And thanks to you for the interview, even though the questions are very much the same as always, hehe!
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