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Interview With Swedish Guitarist Jayce Landberg By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Son of Stockholm

Interview with Swedish Guitarist Jayce Landberg

By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Boston Rock Radio


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Swedish musician Jayce Landberg is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter that fits into a melodic rock on the cusp of neoclassical stylings category.  Fans of Scandinavian rock and metal along the lines of early Europe, 90's Malmsteen, and solo John Norum will really dig what Jayce is all about!  Boston Rock Radio would like to thank Mister Landberg for this exclusive interview.  

 

Please tell Boston Rock Radio readers what we can expect song wise from your latest offering The Forbidden World which is set for release on November 13th?

To me it is very important to never repeat yourself. Thus, TFW is quite different from my previous efforts. This time, I wrote many of the songs on the piano as opposed to the guitar like on the Good Sleepless Night album. It has as much roots in the 1970s as in the 1770s with a neo-folkloric, classical and mediaeval touch on top. Each song is also different and the album covers a variety of rock styles. The first upcoming single “God is Dead” is for instance based on oriental scales and instruments. My good friend, rock singer Erika (Norberg) also appears as a guest artist on the gothic rock ballad “Don’t Believe.”  There is also a little hidden surprise on the record.

 

Jayce Landberg (feat. Goran Edman) - Land of the Dark (Official Music Video)

 

It was mastered at Abbey Road Studio in London?

One of the reasons this record took such a long time to complete was that we were never satisfied with the final master. The recording process in itself went quite smoothly and quickly though. We tried several mastering studios and each time it came back differently than the sound I had in mind.  Finally, I decided to work with Andrew Walter and Sean Magee at Abbey Road. Sean has previously worked with several artists such as Gary Moore, Rush, Iron Maiden, and Andy on numerous projects for David Bowie, U2, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and many more. I felt they could really understand my music, where I’m coming from and Andy was such a nice guy to work with. He really listened to my expectations.

You also recorded The Forbidden World in an analogue fashion with no plug-in tricks or that type of technology?

To me it is very important that a piece of art stands out as unique. Rather than making it easy for myself and using plug-ins in order to sound just like any other record out there, I wanted to create a unique sound for this record. Back in the days, every record that came out became its own universe, had its own sound and atmosphere. Remember the days when Led Zeppelin were trying to create their own drum sound acoustically by mikng them up in a bathroom? I still adhere very much to that way of thinking. Every guitar on TFW is miked up, every drum is recorded and mixed in an acoustic way. It is a very honest record.

 

You have a Bachelor of Law degree.  Do you currently work in law of some sort?

No, but studying law has proven to be very beneficial in my everyday life. It is very difficult to fool me in a financial or legal way. *laughs*  I also have a Master of Arts which comes handy as I also write books and novels.

 

Have you caught any cool music documentaries or biopics on a streaming device lately that you felt was inspiring?

I saw a documentary and read a lot about an Arawak Native American girl who found herself wrongly accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials, which inspired me to write a song about her on the record.

 

JAYCE LANDBERG (Feat Göran Edman) - Left On A Dream

 

Europe bassist John Leven has been on many of your recordings.  Are you childhood friends or how did you make your acquaintance?

I met him more than 10 years ago through a mutual female friend. John is a gentleman and highly intelligent. Whenever we’d meet, we’d talk about many other things than music. I like to work with people like that.

 

How has your approach to songwriting developed over the years?

I have always regarded myself as a songwriter and composer rather than just a guitarist.  A bit like a painter or a creator of art if you will. TFW is the first album on which I play all the guitars, bass, the piano, all keyboards, and almost any other instrument myself except for most of the drum tracks.  Even though there are some long guitar solos on a couple of songs, the songwriting is and always will be the focus in the way I approach musical creation.

 

Obviously there have been Malmsteen comparisons having worked with two of his former vocalists but your music composition, playing, fashion and hairstyle (lol) are different.  Any other vocalists from the Rising Force that you may entertain for a track?

I respect Malmsteen a lot as well as his attitude and total refusal to compromise or adapt to any other vision than his own. In that sense, at a very early age, the three first records he put out played an influence on me. As for the comparison, we are from the same city, have a lot of mutual friends and acquaintances, we have worked with the same musicians etc. However, the similarities end there, and just like you pointed out, my music doesn’t sound like his. I feel it is important to develop your own style and vision as an artist. Hence the different hair style *laughs*.   It is a bit too early to mention any Rising Force vocalist at this stage, but my friend and bassist Magnus Rosen has been in contact with one of them about a possible collaboration for our other project; Bleckhorn. Let’s see if it materializes.

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You explore religion, mysticism and mythology in your lyrics, what are a few of your literary inspirations in this department?

I like old books and authors. Although I am not religious, I tend to be spiritual in that I am a collector of impressions and ideas and still hold a great interest in occultism and other practices. Sometimes merely from a sociological point of view. I am very much an observer. Old Norse mythology and the writings of the Poetic Edda is also a recurrent pillar in my creative inspiration.

 

Have you been musically busy during Covid-19?

Indeed, isolation can be good for an artist or a musician. I have already started recording several tracks for my next solo album and other collaborations as well as for an instrumental piano album.  I also have been busy writing promotional video scripts which we are filming and working on at this moment, just in time for the album release.

 

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Boston Rock Radio Journalist Thomas Amoriello Jr. is a heavy metal guitarist, children's picture book author, educator and recording artist who resides in Lambertville, New Jersey, USA. You can learn more about Tom at https://thomasamoriello.com

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