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Leaves Eyes

Interview w/ Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull   

Band Members:

Liv Kristine - vocals
Alexander Krull - vocals
Thorsten Bauer - guitars, bass
Sander van der Meer - guitars
Roland Navratil - drums

Country of Origin: Norway/Germany

 

Into Your Light (MCD, 2004)

Lovelorn (CD, 2004)       

Elegy (EP, 2005)

Vinland Saga (CD, 2005)

Legend Land (EP, 2006)

My Destiny (EP, 2009)

Njord (CD, 2009)

Meredead (CD, 2011)

 

http://www.leaveseyes.de

http://www.facebook.com/leaveseyesofficial

http://www.myspace.com/leaveseyespage

 

 

 

 1. Tonight it is a true honor to be speaking with the lovely and wildly

 talented Liv Kristine of Leaves Eyes. Liv, thanks very much for your time.

 Liv: The pleasure is truly mine!

 The big news with Leaves Eyes right now is the release of the brand new
 studio album "Meredead", please tell our readers what to expect from the new
 album, as I understand it takes the band in a new direction.

   Liv: Meredead has the sound of Leaves' Eyes, yes, however, it is more
 daring, rough, taking new turns. After the era of "Vinland Saga" and
 "Njord" we thought "ok, our next album is NOT going to take part in the
 competition of who's got the biggest classical orchestra in melodic gothic
 metal". So we let in new influences to our music. I prefer not to force
 Leaves' Eyes into a specific musical genre. I would rather say that
 Leaves' Eyes' music combines elements of gothic metal, classical music,
 folk music, with history and mythology. We constantly develop; we always
 w ant to become better musicians and technicians and bring in inspiration
 from all kinds of sources when we compose and produce. This band will
 never stand still. Art is always the product of mental evolution,
 evaluation and development.

   
 2. Along with a stunning new sound, I understand there are several
 guest musicians, as well as some unique musical instruments for listeners to
 discover. Please tell us about the guests and instruments.

 Liv: The choir "al Dente", wich also sang on "Njord", it's actually from
 our local area, from the next village. Concerning the classical playing,
 we met Victor Smolski some years ago at a festival with Leaves' Eyes and
 Rage in Greece. It's an honour to work with him and the Lingua Mortis
 Orchestra from Minsk. Victor is a genius, moreover, he understands the
 musical goals of Leaves' Eyes.

 I had wanted to sing a duet in Norwegian
 with my sister, Carmen, Midnattsol since our debut "Lovelorn"! It feels so
 good having her next to me. I think our voices complete each other
 perfectly. Some days ago, we had two visitors at our studio, Maite Itoiz
 and John Kelly from the band Elfenthal. I love their music, both of them
 are outstanding musicians and composers. There is a deep friendship
 between Elfenthal and Leaves' Eyes. It is my deepest wish to sing with
 Maite on the next Elfenthal album. Her voice is such an inspiration to me,
 and it was such an honour and pleasure for me to sing with both Maite and
 John on our album "Meredead". Anette is a long-time friend of mine,
 moreover, she studied music and singing. She had some brilliant ideas for
 the folk songs, and she has a unique voice. Maite also plays the baroque
 guitar.

 For the production of "Meredead" it was highly important to us
 that each song had its own "face", individuality and perfect, crystal
 clear sound to strengthen the emotional effect. We just let the music
 inspire us to add new and interesting "spices" to our music, like pipes,
 nyckelharpa (Swedish folk instrument), the fiddle, cello, classical
 orchestra or the flute. That's what makes the album that diverse and
 exciting as you discover a different story, different instrumental
 combination, different ways of singing even in various languages in each
 song.

 

 3. How long was the writing process for the record, and did you have
 this new approach in mind when writing for this album?

 Liv: After the release of "Njord" and inbetween all the tourning,
 Alexander (husband and producer), Thorsten (guitars) and myself have been
 really busy at Mastersound Studio. We needed 1,5 years to compose, record
 and produce "Meredead", which was also our goal!

 

  4. Leaves Eyes have been going strong since the 2004 release
 "Lovelorn" did you expect the great reaction Leaves Eyes has received and how does it
  feel to have such a great line up of records in your catalog?

 Liv: The critics have been absolutely amazing so far. The live appearances
 we just did for the release of "Meredead" were very energetic with a
 fantastic audience! It feels like something wonderful is happening.If I am
 able to touch the hearts of my fans and friends with our art, I am
 incredibly happy!

 

5. Writing music and being able to perform it for others is a truly
 amazing opportunity. How does it feel to you personally to see such favorable 
 reviews of your hard work, and to see the fans at  shows?

 Liv: It means everything for me being an artist. Music business is cold and does
 not care about your feelings. I have made my experience, been in
 front of court fighting for my rights to SAY my opinions and be a free
 artist. I've really felt the knife, but my fans and friends and family
 kept me strong. When I am standing next to my sister Carmen/Midnattsol on
 stage, when I meet my lovely friends Maite and John/Elfenthal or Tarja, or
 have my band gathered around my big round table for an Indian meal after a
 successful tour.or look into my fans eyes.those are the magic moments that
 make me believe strongly that there is a reason why I always wanted to
 become a singer, and why I am still here dealing with the music business
 after 17 years.


  6. Not only have you worked within the lines of Leaves Eyes, but you
 already had a strong following from your time in Theatre of Tragedy, and of course
 you have solo records as well. You have also appeared as a guest vocalist on
 other bands tracks such as Cradle of Filth's "Nymphetamine". Is it hard to
 balance all this great music with your personal life and family?

 Liv: I always dreamt of having my own family, moreover, becoming a singer.
 Both dreams have come true! I consider myself to be very lucky. I have a
 very strict plan: When I work I work very, very hard non stop! When it is
 family time, I am ONLY there for my family. In between I do a lot of
 sports, especially running, yoga and fitness. Sometimes, on stage, I keep
 singing my lyrics at the same time as I am thinking about my dear ones at
 home.

 

 7. One thing that has always been one of my favorite attributes of
 Leaves Eyes music is it's ability to transport you to another world. I know that
 Norway and the lore of that beautiful country has always been important to you.
 So please explain to our readers a bit about what makes your home country so
 influential in your music.

 Liv: I just let the music itself inspire me. If I chose a theme from
 Nordic mythology, I would include Norwegian lyrics. It was very intimate
 to sing in my mother tongue Norwegian, it makes the lyrics even more
 emotional and personal. Singing in Old-English meant digging my nose in my
 Old-English grammar books once again, however, I am very interested in
 historical languages, which I also studied. I think that Old-English has a
 very special "sound" phonetically.

 You'll find Froeya, three-headed
 trolls, vampires, ghosts, witches, Vikings travelling on sea, Viking
 ladies mourning.and of course many images from the Norwegian harsh weather
 and wild nature landscapes. I guess there is some homesickness towards
 Norway in my lyrics.actually, it's more than obvious that I miss my
 home country.

 

 8. Even with the expanding sound of the new album, is there anything
 you have yet to incorporate into the music of Leaves Eyes that you would like to
 try on future releases?

 Liv: We will have a look on other traditional instruments for sure!
 If possible I would like to learn how to play the acoustic guitar. Tosso,
 my outstanding string player, will give me lessons. Madonna did it, so I
 can learn it too!


 9. Getting back to the latest Leaves Eyes news, with the launch of
 the new album. When can we expect to see the band on tour?

 Liv: I just arrived from our European tour, and I am now looking forward
 to further shows and tours. In April we toured with my sister Carmen's
 band Midnattsol, and then in May we joined Tarja. Wow! Both tours were
 full of magic moments when "the ladies" get together! Check out our
 homepage for news concerning shows in your near surroundings! A
 North-American, a South-American and an Asian tour are being planned right
 now.

 

 10. In closing I would like to wish you, your family and the other
 members of Leaves Eyes all the best. Please leave our readers with any final thoughts
 or comments.

 Liv: I have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there
 for me all these years! I hope you enjoy "Meredead"!

 All the best for you and your family!

 Sincerely,

 Liv

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