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Interviews: Aitheer

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the  Progressive Metal/Rock band, Aitheer, from Finland. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

It took some time to think about the right name for the project. It was in the late of the mixing process of ‘’Sleeper’’ when I found a name that resonated with me as it had ties to for example Greek mythology’s primordial deity of the upper sky, Αἰθήρ, pronounced [aitʰɛ̌ːr], to descriptions in Hesiod’s ‘’Theogony’’ and Plato’s ‘’Timaos’’, and then ties also to Aditi and Akasha of the ancient Indian collection of hymns, ‘’Rigveda’’.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I had been interested in extreme metal for quite a while before I started writing ‘’Sleeper’’, but with it came the first songs I’ve made that are not only strictly metal songs. I aim to make honest music, so combining many sides of my musical preferences is how I approach it. Dynamics and change are very important to me. I don’t really know what the band’s genre should be called, but I feel that the music sounds progressive and it has its background in Metal and Rock music.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

I (Niko Löfman) (vocals, guitars), Roope Kytölä (bass) and Antton Kasslin (drums) met in a high school and played some cover songs and jammed together. We had met Lassi Enqvist (keyboards) through Roope since they played/play in the same band before Aitheer. After a while he came jamming with us and I asked him if he would like to play on the record that I’m working on. I asked all the guys from the jamming group to play on the record and they offered their expertise to ‘’Sleeper’’ Ep, of which I’m very grateful for. We’ll continue with a new drummer to the next Ep, where Roope and Lassi will guest in guitar and saxophone.

4. Each band member favorite band?

None of the band members could really point out one artist or band over the others since all of us listen to a variety of music.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I aim to write good songs. I aim to write stuff that gives me goose-bumps. I really try to use music and words as a gallery of thoughts, emotions and attitudes and paint a picture from them that depicts movements and changes. 

6. Where was your last gig?

We agreed as a group to aim our way to the stages after Sleeper's release, but since the corona hit the world almost right after our release, the overall situation made it quite difficult for us to play in events. So far there hasn't been a change for us to present Aitheer in a live form. We are going to enlist the most suitable drummer for the band and aim to head to the live-stages.

7. Where would you like to act?

We would like to play on stages in our home country and consider gigs or tours in other countries as well, if we get such a chance to go on tours financially and from the venues abroad.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

We would like to play gigs and tours with bands that are doing something unique and their own. We’d like to perform with metal and rock acts that play from the heart.

9. Whom not?

I think it will be a question about the audience and the event management who’ll decide what they like to listen to at the same event. For us it’s the same who’ll we play with but hopefully with bands that sound good.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Personally, I haven’t had a stage fright that prevents me from playing live gigs. I’ve had the excitement of being put to a test, that can sometimes feel quite frightening, but psychological fear is a thing I always try to tackle. To beginners I would say that train enough, put yourself in the crossfire and just survive. Every challenge one overcomes is a step closer to becoming a professional. We can’t know the outcome unless we try to succeed and take that risk of failing. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Me personally, to mention a few, I like the works of bands and artists like King Crimson, Dio, Scott Walker and also the music from newer bands like Tool, Ihsahn, Meshuggah and Leprous. I also enjoy works of classical composers such as Jean Sibelius, Franz Schubert and Bela Bartok.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Seems to be that we haven’t yet encountered any unfathomably weird questions from the fans. People have been interested in making ‘’Sleeper’’ and asking about the chances to see us live.

13. What do you think of your fans?

I’m glad and proud if people like what we are doing. We are making this music for ourselves but we hope that our fans enjoy the paths we take musically to accomplish the vision we have.

14. What do you think of our site?

I think that your work in interviewing people helps bands and artists a lot, thank you for the chance for the interview.

15. Something to add?

Thank you for reading our interview. Go listen to our Ep called ''Sleeper'' from Spotify or our Youtube channel ''Aitheer'', where we have a playlist from Distrokid's auto-generated Youtube release and buy it from Google Play or Itunes if you liked it.

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