Different Light are a prog rock band from Prague, CZ. Their most recent album was released in Febuary of last year, but the band itself first formed in 1994 in Malta. I spoke to founding member Trevor Tabone about the origins of the band, dream collaborations and tour plans.
Where did the band name come from?
It was thought up by Mark our original guitarist whilst we were in a bar, always a great place for ideas 🙂
How did you all get together?
The original line-up was a group of friends in Malta who wanted to make music together. I reformed the band when I moved to Prague in more or less the same way, including a couple of ads on the internet.
What inspired you to become musicians?
I personally just wanted to write music just like the stuff I was hearing as a young teenager. Hopefully I’ve come far and maybe succeeded to a certain extent!
Was that what you always wanted to do?
I guess it is, although none of us are full-time musicians and we all work in different industries to pay the bills. Maybe one day….
What song would you recommend to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?
Probably ‘In Love and War’ from our last album ‘The Burden of Paradise’. It has all the elements which make up the core sound of our band.
What artists influence you as a band? Who do you admire?
Genesis, Supertramp, Pink Floyd, Rush, Marillion, Porcupine Tree, Spocks Beard amongst a host of others have been a huge influence on our music.
Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?
See above 🙂
My Mum insists that in every interview I ask; what apps do you have on your phone and which one is your favourite?
I’m not a big ‘app fan’ but I’ve got all the usual apps. I suppose Whatsapp is pretty useful to keep in touch with all my great friends back in Malta. Also the football results one when I’m not watching!
Can we expect to see you playing shows in the UK anytime soon?
We’re going to be playing a few gigs later on this year, we haven’t got anything planned for the UK yet but hopefully it’ll happen.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Just a bit of warming up and making sure that my equipment is working fine!
What would you like to achieve through your music?
Hopefully a lasting memory much longer after we’re gone!
To you, what is the most important part of a song?
I think the whole of the song is important but I guess the last part leaves the listener with a lasting impression, so maybe that part.
What do you think is the easiest and hardest part of a song to write?
Personally, it’s joining song parts, especially as our songs are long and usually divided into sections. It’s always important to have a natural, seamless flow of music to make it sound natural.
If you’re buying music, how would you do so: CD, vinyl or digital?
I was buying CDs until recently but have switched to digital, does a Spotify subscription count as buying?
What is the most challenging song to play live?
It’s got to be our longest song ‘In the grand scheme of things’ which is around 23 minutes long. It can get quite tiring 🙂
What’s your earliest musical memory?
Singing along to ‘Hey Jude’ as a 4 year old, apparently I couldn’t get enough of the last part of the song (that’s what I’m told anyway!)
What’s your fondest musical memory?
Listening to the sounds of ‘Breakfast in America’ coming out of my sister’s bedroom as a 12 year old. That’s when I decided I wanted to write music!
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Practice and keep at it. Also stay true to the music that you want to play and create without selling out.
Have you ever met an idol and freaked out about it?
I met Peter Gabriel a few years ago but I only freaked out internally. I exuded total calm as I asked for his autograph (I called him Mr Gabriel).
What would be your dream tour?
Opening for Genesis, Supertramp and Pink Floyd (all reformed)!
Where would you be, ideally, in 5 years?
Ideally alive and still creating music 😉
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