The Median Man sat down with Marius from Aspherium to talk shop:
- What inspired the name of the band and what are your influences?
The name Aspherium is something that came about when I was trying to come up with a band name. I had a note book full of different ideas, and I was working on something to do with sphere or atmosphere and a bunch of different stuff, and somehow Aspherium just happened to appear.
Our influences are quite wide and diverse, but some of the main influences are Metallica, Opeth, Machine Head, Pink Floyd, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, Nile. And so much more!
- How do you approach songwriting? Are there any themes that you are keen to explore when you start off?
It usually starts with a guitar riff, and then we either build upon that with new stuff, or we find other riffs or ideas that we have that might fit. We have also started with a drum idea as the starting point of a song, and also a synth part. The theme comes out of the main riff, it will usually tell me what kind of song it will be. Big and epic, short and fast, or something totally different.
- Why do you write the sort of music that you do?
We really do write music that we ourselves enjoy. This is music that we would want to listen to. If I wasn’t in this band, I would be a fan! This is my favorite kind of music, and it is awesome to be able to makes this music.
- How do you decide what songs to perform live and how do you transpose them into that live setting?
Now that we have three albums it is pretty hard to make a set list. And we have a lot of long songs, so if we want to play some of the long songs, which are some of or favorites, that limits how many songs we can play. We also really think about guitar tunings, and try to avoid having to change guitars after every song. So we try to open with something that hits hard, continue with something big that also has more dynamics and variation. We will often have a slower song in the middle, and usually end with something big and epic. We have a backing track live, and that way we still have some of the synths and stuff that we have on some songs. Guitar wise we often lack some of the guitar layers that are on the album, but it makes it kinda cool that it’s a bit different than the album.
- What are your plans for the future?
Our drummer is having wrist surgery done, so right now we have some down time. When he is back in drumming shape, we will get back out on the road and promote our new album. We will make more music videos and other video content, and also work on some new music!