The original text of the interview with Petra Mases, the vocal of the band "Francis", is below: (Röportajın Türkçe çevirisi burada)
LBYL: We know that your friendship is based on many years before the band is formed..Could you tell us your story to come together and start making music?
We all went to the same high school, and we were constantly playing together in different constellations to perform in the school cafeteria. But when I graduated all that ended for me. It took me a year to build up the courage to ask the guys if they wanted to play some songs I had written.
LBYL: How does it feel to live and make music in Sweden? Its believed that all depressive and melancholic sounds come from such cold countries..What do you think about it?
I’m sure that the long and dark winters affects the songwriting, it affects every living thing here. Right now it’s been dark and cold since October, and finally we’re starting to see the ground under our feet. That feeling, though, is one of the best feelings I know. When you know, it’s coming to an end. I think that wipes away all the black days.
LBYL: How do you spend your ordinary day? Are you mostly together?
We go to work, eat, sleep as any other person. But in the evenings and weekends we meet, rehearse, drink and dream together.
LBYL: Where does the band's name come from?
It comes from an idea of a person who we all strives to be. Someone with the heart in the right place.
LBYL: Is there anything that you are so passionate about, except music?
Absolutely. The passion for music gets energy from love to art, movies, other people, animals and more.
LBYL: Your sound was more closer to jazz rhythms with your first single "Bad to the Bone" in 2002 and the "Francis" EP in 2009..How do you express tha change in the music you make for years? How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
The desire to evolve is something I sure hope never dies. It is such a important momentum, to always strive for a deeper understanding. The change in our music is simply that we’re getting older and we’ve found a way to express this version of ourselves.
I’m hoping that will never stop.
Our music today, is maybe best described rhythmic and experimental pop.
LBYL: Debut album "Lekomberg, We Were Kin", released last year, was really a masterpiece..After the release; in which cities did you perform and with which bands did you play with?
Thank you! We toured in Belgium, Holland, Germany, England, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland with The Tallest Man on Earth for a spring tour 2011.
LBYL: Who are you listening to in these days?
We listen to very different music, both old and new, hard and soft. Right now I listen to alot of Animal Collective and Billie Holiday.
LBYL: A great new 5 song EP "This Must Be Blood" will be released on this Monday (today)...Who did you work with for this EP and where did you complete the records?
We got help from sound engineer Jakob Grundtman and video director Johan Stolpe to complete our sound. We built a temporary studio in a boathouse in the middle of Sweden, and some of the vocals are recorded in my bedroom.
LBYL: Whats the name of the song you enjoy playing most on your concerts and the city you enjoy playing live?
Its really several. And it all depends on which mood the audience are in. In small clubs, the songs which is the noisiest wins. But when you get an audience to listen, really listen. Then it doesn't matter where you are.
LBYL: What do you enjoy more? the writing and recording process or playing live?
The enjoyment is different for each activity. But they’re all about being in the now, and that’s what so addictive for all those things.
LBYL: And lastly...Lets ask a question about here...Have you ever been in Turkey? We hope one day we can watch your live performance here..What do you hear/know about this country?
We’ve never been to Turkey all though we’d love to come and visit! We eat Turkish yougurt every day and play on Turkish cymbals each and every day. Also we like a compilation record called Bosphorus Bridges!
LBYL: Is there anything you want to add? or anything you want to tell to your listeners?
Francis - Traktor (Official Video) from johan stolpe on Vimeo.