Different Light were formed in Malta, last year they released ‘The Burden of Paradise’. They recently did this interview with us.
How would you describe your music?
We’ve been described as neo/crossover prog, that could be right. We’re basically a melodic, sometimes heavy, piano/guitar based band with some very long songs.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
The band was formed in Malta in around 1995 when I (Trevor Tabone) joined up with 3 good friends to make some music. After releasing a couple of albums, I moved to Prague in 2000 and reformed the band, went through a few line-ups and we are now: Trevor Tabone (keyboards, vocals) Jirka Matousek (bass) Petr Matousek (drums) Petr Lux (guitars, backing vocals) and Petr Kania (live guitar). We’ve released 3 albums since I’ve been in Prague, the latest being ‘The Burden of Paradise’ which was a huge success.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Genesis,Supertramp, Pink Floyd, Rush, Dream Theater, Marillion and the like have all been huge influences.
What inspires you?
Definitely real life events, what happens to me and what I see around me, always better than fiction!
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I write the music at home and then present the demos to the band, where we then rearrange and refine some of the parts. We usually go into the studio with the music already written and arranged, apart from a few things of course.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We haven’t played much live (although this is going to change) as we’re more of a studio band. Judging from our rehearsals, I know it’s going to be ‘In love and War’ from our last album.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
A reformed Genesis, Supertramp and Pink Floyd, all supporting us of course
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The internet has obviously changed it all, and although it’s deeply affected sales due to streaming and illegal downloading, it’s also given a platform to bands like ours to promote ourselves without needing a record company. We’re not in it for the money so it’s probably more positive in our eyes.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
A weird gig we did was in the very early days in Malta. Our guitarist at the time got really, really drunk and kept on playing the wrong thing at the wrong time! I remember we were playing ‘The Trees’ (Rush cover) and he really screwed that up. What was really weird though was that the crowd hardly seemed to notice anything, so much for all the rehearsing!
What are your future plans?
As I mentioned before, we’re going to be playing a few gigs later this year, hopefully even outside of the Czech Republic. I’ve also finished writing a new album so we’ll be starting work on that to at the end of the year.