Israeli prog metal band Distorted Harmony are about to release their third full-length record “A Way Out”, which is due July 19, 2018. In the meantime, keyboardist and producer Yoav Efron was kind enough to give us a little insight into the band’s creative process and future plans.
Cristina: The new album is called “A Way Out” – to me, this sounds like a safe place where you can express your discontent (or even stronger emotions) with a situation or even the world we live in. But what does the title actually stand for?
Yoav: ‘A Way Out’ as an album is (and was) a very personal and emotional experience, music and lyrics wise. Writing and producing it wasn’t easy and was much more emotional than a technical journey.With that in mind, nothing really stands behind the title, not consciously. It was more of a feeling than an actual meaning. I can’t remember which came first – the album or the song title but listening to “A Way Out Of Here” track is a great way to find out what stands behind it.
C: What kind of challenges did you have to master during the creation of the new album?
Y: We’re all professional musicians so working together is easy, fun and creative! The challenging part wasn’t the rehearsing, recording & playing the music but rather the writing and mixing, the start and the end of a production process.
Personally, I was in bad shape, unable (or willing) to write for a long time. Depression didn’t help and just made things worse. Seldom I would get a “free pass” enabling me to compose and make progress until eventually we had enough material for an album. I won’t go into the gory details, but mixing was another mountain I had to climb while making “A Way Out” and I would like to thank the band mates who supported and helped me in these dark tim
C: “A Way Out” features not only one, but two new guitarists. How has it been to work with
Yoel and Amit and in which way do you believe that the new line-up changed the dynamics of
Y: First of all, both are some of the best guitar players I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Each has his own vibe, style and sound which is amazing! Yoel and I worked closely while arranging ‘A Way Out’ and it was a blast. You’d have to catch us live to witness how amazing these two really are 😉
C: And last but not least: What are the next steps for Distorted Harmony?
Y: We have a few things in the works for 2019. For 2018 we have ARTmania in July and our Israeli album launch show is August. We are focused on promoting ‘A Way Out’ and reaching a new audience with the new album and music. I would like to take a minute and thank our manager Raya for working her ass off. Make sure to follow us on whatever social media you prefer and on July 19 (A Way Out’s official release date), let us know what you think of the new release.
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