Morlas Memoria – Fresh Act Februar 2015

Our Fresh Act of this month comes from Germany, and Theo Johne (Guitar, vocals) tells us more about his band …

Please introduce yourselves! What do you do besides music?
Hi! We are 5 guys and one girl from Dresden in Germany. First of all, there is our drummer Sammy, who is in the middle of his education so that he can make his cymbals one day on his own. Tobi and me are students at the local university, our bass player Leibe takes care of children and our vocalist Leandra studies at the music university.

When was your band founded?
When Leandra startet her vocal education, we had the idea to use it in some way. At a party, when I was a bit drunk, I talked to our former drummer Marcel Schmidt. He knew some other guys who were not attached to bands yet, and so things happened.

Your name was originally Morlas Enigma. Why did you change it?
Bored lawyers of a 90s music project – take a closer look to second part of our former name – wanted to take us to court because they thought that this word is their legal property. How foolish!

You recorded your first album “Follow the Wind“ in 2014. How did you write and record the songs?
Normally I come up with some song fragments that I developed to our rehearsals, where we work together on them. Finally the vocals are done, mostly by Leandra, who usually also writes the lyrics. The album was recorded then in the Silent Sound Studio in Dresden with Peter Vanselow. He is familiar with both classic vocals and guitar music, so he was our first choice.

Some of your songs are enriched by very detailed orchestral parts. Did you compose them on your own or did you get some help for it?
One was written by Tobi, the others were written by me. In addition we got some advice from Peter in the studio. But normally we compose everything on our own. We are grown ups, you know.


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