Exclusive Interview: Mortyfear talk writing and recording “My Dystopia”!
After the critically acclaimed “My Dystopia” from Finnish Metal band Mortyfear appeared on our top #5 records of 2021 between Christmas and New Year, the opportunity to do and interview series with them wasn’t one we were going to miss out on. So here is the second of a trilogy, the likes of which have never been witnessed before!
What did you learn from writing 2006’s “God’s Skin” that helped my “My Dystopia” a better record? “Mortyfear has always had that own evil sound that we wanted to keep on our minds. Because the band has changed 4/5 members it’s also natural that a change came to the record as a whole. I think following the evil guideline and turning it to a different kind of horror is the backbone if I think of something that has been carrying along all the way from 2006”
How does the writing process of a new Mortyfear track start? Melody, riff or rhythm first? “It can be a melody, it can be a riff or a rhythm or either a cool sound out of a synth. Basically Tapio or Riku get the first idea, they record it and then comes in the blender. And the blending part is fun. Because, well, when you blend things – anything can happen. And we like to blend the outcome even more, until we tone it down a notch down from total insanity, or we add some more”
The album was recorded and mixed by Riku Metsä-Ketelä at Finnvox Studios/Rmksound and it is mastered by Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein, Amorphis, Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers. How did you come to choose to work with them and what was it like to work with a pair with such big reputations? “Actually we worked with Riku already back in 2010, making our 2nd album, which was never released. Afterwards Riku joined the band and now we thought it would be easy if Riku was in the wheel, because it would give us time to make our record perfect. When we thinked of mastering, we only thought of who could understand us and bring the quality that we desire. So we asked Svante if he would like to do our mastering and boy he did. The both digital/cd and Lp mastering are pure awesomeness. We are grateful for both Riku and Svante for putting the quality to our sound”
What gives you the inspiration for your unhinged lyrics? “The inspiration comes from our everyday lives. You don’t need artificial horror from the movies. The real horror is in the streets walking among us. It is the people making decisions on us and our world. It is in the social media that we have on our hands and in our minds. I think you get the point. Also, I like to write lyrics that give listeners the space to think of their own meaning. What is the horror of their own lives that they find in the art? The main thing is to wake up a feeling in the listener. That maybe inspires me the most”
For us gear nerds out there, can you tell us what you’re using gear wise (pedals, strings, drums etc) to get your sound? “Riku uses multiple Midi-Keyboards and Dexibell Vivo SX7 unit together with Mainstage. Live synth sounds are mostly Omnipshere library. Lot of special sounds are sampled with SX7.
Ville uses DW Drums and various cymbal brands (Sabian, Ufip, etc.)
Jorma is a simple man. He uses ESP LTD- guitars, Peavey amps and cabinets and a Kemper.
We are not really sure about Tapio’s gear. He just bought a bass and did some witchery with it.
I use mainly Shure SM58 during rehearsals and live. But during vocal sessions the microfones vary very much. What ever Riku gets his hands on”
What difference would it make to you as a band if you could land an endorsement from a gear manufacturer? “Of course it would mean us more quality to our equipment. And diversity what to use. Also it would give us a range on our budget to work on music video producers etc. and with other stuff that we have thought of as in part of touring and musical producing”