Saturday, September 19, 2015

Epica's Mark Jansen: "We have written 25 songs for the new album"


Epica's Mark Jansen was recently interviewed by Metal Wani, you can read some excerpts below.

About the Epica songwriting process: "We sit down separately and we start writing. And then, after a while, we have quite some songs. And then we sit together with our producer, and we go through the songs. He adds some things here and here, he says which songs are strong, which songs are not, and we drop them. Because we are working already on the next album. We have now 25 songs already laying there, to be finished. The next step is to work on the vocal lines. And then we already can record the demo versions. And from there on, we start rehearsing, and then we are ready to record the album."

About the progress of the songwriting sessions for Epica's new album: "It will be a hard decision, because we have 25 killer tracks. And we recently came together as a band and sat down and listened to all the tracks we wrote. And, yeah, it's gonna be a very hard decision, because the quality is really high. Sometimes you are happy when you can fill an album with killer tracks, but now we have the luxurious position we are in that we have at least that many great tracks, so we have to drop tracks that normally would have been for sure on an album… We have to decide what to do with the extra tracks, because there are many options. I would like to use them right away. It feels shit to wait three more years for a song that's already great to get released. So let's see. But everything is a possibility."