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On this episode I am joined by sullen alternative metallers Chase & Ben of The Lucidia Project, a highly emotive new metal band hailing from Fargo, North Dakota in the USA.
The title of this episode “Shining a Light on Darkness” reflects the bands key theme of duality, as they delve into the depths of the human condition, creating music as a therapeutic form of catharsis for both themselves and their listeners.
The heavy emotional topics largely center around dealing with trauma, in which the ultimate purpose of the music is healing – letting the listener know that it is okay to feel and process that emotion. This is music for the people that feel like nobody hears them, the outcasts and the misunderstood.
Musically this is reflected by a bittersweet sound, piano driven melodic metal blending Dark Metal influences such as Evanescence, Katatonia & Paradise Lost with 90’s Singer-Songwriters such as Tori Amos. Alternative Rock & Metal has it’s place in the mix too and both Chase & Ben interestingly come from Classical music backgrounds.
I loved getting to delve into these topics with the guys, alongside the usual bits about their writing & production process, musical journey’s, and life in Fargo, North Dakota. All in all it made for a great episode and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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00:33 – Introduction & Synopsis
01:20 – Overview of The Lucidia Project
03:30 – The Duality of the Bands Sound & Themes
05:20 – The Bands Writing Process
14:20 – How The Lucidia Project Came Together
19:07 – The Bands Production Process
22:04 – The Bands Development & Fighting Perfectionism
30:25 – Musical Influences
37:16 – Heavy Emotional Topics / Chase’s Artistic Mission
44:20 – Chase’s Musical Journey
57:46 – Ben’s Musical Journey
01:07:09 – Chase’s Life Outside of Music
01:11:13 – Ben’s Life Outside of Music
01:14:45 – Fargo, North Dakota
01:17:23 – The Bands Plans Moving Forward
01:20:57 – Final Thoughts & Closing Sentiments