Jari Lindholm (Enshine) interviewed

Enshine and AtomA share similar traits. High concept atmospheric metal. Lots of instrumental passages. A space-like art direction. In your view, how do they differ, seeing as though both bands were once upon a time part of Slumber?Jari Lindholm: Although all the bands mentioned share the basic set of instruments and ingredients for the most part, the most obvious difference between AtomA and Enshine would be that Enshine is more guitar based and the vocals are different. AtomA is more experimental and more about finding new and unique ways of making music while Enshine is a bit more 'traditional,' to me personally anyway with my own musical background.

When writing music what do you typically seek? Jari Lindholm: I seek to create the sounds and the music I would want to listen to at the moment of creating it. Sometimes I wish to listen to something that sounds a certain way, and if it doesn't already exist, then it has to be made. Making music is also something very therapeutic, so it serves to fulfill an emotional or spiritual need.

You had put out some previews to Enshine songs before naming the project Enshine. What was the initial reaction like? Jari Lindholm: Mostly positive, but then of course this material was mostly found by the listeners who had already been following the works of my earlier bands.

And at what point did you realize you wanted to put out a full-length? Jari Lindholm: Pretty early, I think it just came naturally when starting to write these songs. The songs were written with some kind of album structure in mind and the order of the songs was decided early as well, before starting the recording. It was all recorded in demo versions first to arrange it as a whole and see how the songs would follow into each other and so on.

How’d Sebastien [Fractal Gates] enter the fold? Seems logical to go with a Swede. Jari Lindholm: I heard his songs with Cold Insight on Myspace and it seemed to me we had similar sources of inspiration for our respective projects. Turned out we had some other common interests also. So, we were sending different ideas and song sketches to each other and after some time he showed me some suggestions of vocal ideas on some of the sketches I had done. Sure, it seems logical to have the band more local, but I think it is rare to find others with similar ideas around where I live. Especially at that time it seemed to me that most of the local musicians had either gone back to the '80s glam stuff, a lot of them I guess weren't even born then, or they wanted to play more 'brootal' types of metal and so on. Nothing wrong with being influenced by '80s stuff, by the way, but I just think it's weird when this whole retro style became such a big hype again. Nowadays, I don't hang out at the rock and metal places so much so I don't even know what is the current trend at all, but most of the time when I find people with a similar taste and view of music, they are from places far away.

I find Origin to be a good starting point. I can hear and see the vision. Big songs. Big production. Am I on the right track? Jari Lindholm: I would think so, yes. I am always trying to find new ways to make it sound bigger, always trying to improve with new ways in production, as well as songwriting and arrangements of course. To find ways of adding a lot of atmosphere and texture and still getting everything across as clearly as possible. Every part of each song has some kind of added texture component. Sometimes they may be very subtle but they are always there for the sonic experience.

Favorite track at the moment? Jari Lindholm: From the album, at the moment maybe "Ambivalence."

There’s lots of instrumentals on the record. Was that on purpose? Jari Lindholm: Yes, the two more ambient instrumentals serve the purpose of dividing the album into different sections, it starts off with some more melodic tracks and "Astrarium" is a sort of bridge into the heavier tracks like "Nightwave" and "Ambivalence." Even if "Refraction" was placed in the early part of the album just to spread out the heavier, more rhythm-based songs a little bit and not lump all of them together. "Immersed" is another bridge back into a more melodic section while "Constellation" is a bridge to the silence that comes after the album is over.

I like how you added ambient pulses to “Immersed.” It’s a bit different from the rest of the songs. Where’d that song come from? Jari Lindholm: It is a little different and, in fact, the oldest song on the album, written as far back as 2005! I was at the time experimenting with some new synth sounds and drum samples and a lot of times a piece of music comes as the result of this kind of sonic experimentation. That is one of the reasons I am always messing around with new sounds, new equipment, etc. What you hear on the album is not the original recording, however, but was adapted to fit the sounds of the other songs.

You ended up on an obscure indie, Rain Without End Records. Did they seek you out or the other way around? Jari Lindholm: We were connected through a mutual friend, or well, he was working with helping the label at the time. So he made the suggestion both to us and James at Rain Without End.

I hear you’re already working on the next full-length. With Sebastien serving a more important role. What can we expect from the next Enshine? Jari Lindholm: Personally, I aim to find a slightly more organic sound for the next album, it will still have the same basic style however. Both me and Seb are into doom/death with a touch of rock, which is already a part of our sound, but I think we will try to incorporate more of that in the future, as long as it can be done with style, and I think it can! There is still a lot to be done before it is possible to describe the overall sound of the next album though.

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** Enshine's new album, Origin, is out now on Rain Without End Records. It's available HERE. Or, you can get the new Disemboweled Cunt album. But one is clearly superlative to the other.

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