If you're into indie electronica performed by a duo from the Southern Ukraine, well then you've hit the jackpot with Liber Electro. Taking some time out, Maksim and Mila, sat down with me and spoke about their band's name, singing in English, recording processes, and their plans for 2019.
Good day everyone. I hope you are all well. Thanks for speaking with me, it's much appreciated. Let's get to it, shall we?
Hey! Let's go!
How did you come up with the name Liber Electro? Does it have a specific meaning?
Our keyboardist, Maksim, came up with the initial name 'Docks' which everyone misheard as 'Dogs'. We got sick of all the fresh jokes like 'fetch', 'bow wow' and 'roll over', so we had to reinvent the name. As you've heard, we have some electric vibes in our music and we want to keep our options open for merging and fusing genres going hand in hand with inspiration, hence, Liber Electro.
How did the band meet and form?
We first gathered as a student project and did some rock 'n' roll music. Later on this project turned into a cover band. Maksim and I, Mila the vocalist, decided to try out and do something new, experiment. The idea wasn't popular among others to say the least, and so we decided to focus on creativity, while others just kind of turned their back on us.
Who inspires you to make music?
While there is a long, long list of artists that would probably take a multi-volume book collection if we tried to write it down, it's more of something inside you that you cannot keep to yourself, which you want to share and to give. Also, when you hear some sounds that you thought wouldn't fit into one piece, that are impossible to combine or create harmony together, you get this ticklish desire to explore it and see what else could stand together.
Another thing we'd like to mention is a team. If there is a gang who really dig what they do and never stop learning, something great can come out of it.
If you had to describe the band in one sentence, what would the sentence be?
Per aspera ad astra.
Your last album was in 2016, can we expect any more releases soon?
Our new album is still smoking hot out of the oven as we've just finished the mastering! We can't yet name the exact date, but stay tuned!
As an indie electronic band, what is your song writing process? Do you have the lyrics first followed by melody or put lyrics to the melody?
We are the followers of the classic school philosophy, so lyrics come first. It has nothing to do with Maksim being a Master of Music in Composition.
Of all the songs you have released, and I mean all of them, which is your favourite and why?
For Maksim it is 'New Day' as it was our first successful experiment with hard guitars and electronica. For me it is 'Equipoise' as it is rebellious and has a rock soul to it.
And which is your least favourite, and why?
We don't want to sound stuck-up, but we like all of them as we nurtured each and every of them.
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What do you think is the most difficult part of being in a band?
To mix different worldviews in one song. We see eye to eye, but still have different approaches and ways of putting it into music.
Do you have any advice to people starting a band?
Never give up! It might sound banal but if you already decided to be in a band, you have to stick to the plan.
What are your plans for 2019? Is there any chance of a tour?
A secret. How about a wild guess?
Do you find it difficult to perform in English despite Russian being your home language (I assume)?
Nope. Nowadays, a good command of English is a must, plus it's kind of easier to express your thoughts in a foreign language. It kind of gives you more freedom to say what may have seemed too freehearted in the native one.
And that's it! Thanks so much for your time; I look forward to new material soon.
Thank you for your time, it was a pleasure! Odessa says hi!
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