Sonic journeys that take listeners spiritually to another new level on the horizon:
A reflection of mankind through a glimpse of the outer world that represent the necessity of the rise of a new haven that had forever been on the other side but yet to be in touch
Laila, please reveal a bit of your background…
In the beginning, I started off as only being a songwriter with a simple acoustic guitar. Slowly the path has changed. Being much inspired and influenced by a certain number of favorite artists and composers, motivation of choosing the path of diversion from making “something” out of it with ears to actually creating “something” with heart and soul took place. And that “something” thus appeared to take the form of melody, emotions, harmony, sentiments, love, desire, hopes…..what we sometimes call together as a whole….music. Thus the peregrination continued and still is.
So what made you start Cadenced Haven (CH) after all?
And that is when and why Cadenced Haven had been formed to play its role accordingly and to help me see the “visions” of different lives individually through its powerful element which is its virtual attempt to reflect the reality in certain positive means.
Music in this case is the essence of purity, hopes, desire, inspiration, love, emotion, passion, spirituality and devotion that Cadenced Haven hopes to come up with for the listeners. It want to enable them to find their own world of visionary thoughts, hopes, love and inspirations. This project always tends to see the world as just the way it wants to be seen, but not as it is normally set eyes on. And there lies the difference….
So what did you do before Cadenced Haven?
Your debut album “Peregrination” was released in March 2010 through Groove Unlimited. What can you tell about the process of creating it?
Cadenced Haven has been fortunate enough to be able to meet many different talented and popular musicians of various genres from all around the world in the journey of making this record and learned about many thoughtful aspects on the way. Every track in this album has an individual personality and is the result of certain unspoken thoughts straight from the mind, reflecting the basic escapism into the hopeful world of humanity and morality.
I have learnt to grow more musically while making this record. The whole process taught me to realize the difference between each level of making music with pure mind, soul, heart and brain. This whole concept has helped Cadenced Haven build up a category of its own which is yet to be shared with the world completely but through future releases individually.
Please tell a bit how you start composing and evolving a piece of music or an album…
The most interesting part of composing music for CH is that once an idea is locked into mind with a new project track, the rest of the conceptions just follow the composition accordingly. The story itself is built up through the rhythm and harmony. I only follow the pattern of its self written melody and blend it in with various kinds of narrative thoughts by placing these “self-designed” elements into the right notes. To me, this whole concept is a miraculous aspect of creativity. This part of the creative world has shown me the ultimate power of music.
I believe, it is not just a concept but rather a living “life”…. music is but a composer itself! We are all just followers who are simultaneously engaged in using our skills to recognize such parts of music at different levels of mind and experiences. It is the pure initiate and confidence that enable us to realize the actual concept of this music. The better the apprehension we attain, the more experienced we get…. the more closer music gets, the more better a composition gets.
So where and how did Dutch electronic musician Gert Emmens come in? What do you two share when it comes to music?
In time we became very good friends and I am also honored to have learnt many important aspects about making music from this respectful artist. It has always been a great pleasure to be able to work with him as he understands the basic concepts of Cadenced Haven. It is always very harmonic and unique to collaborate with such an artist who is as respectful, supportive, understanding, helpful as he is towards CH.
What we discovered about each other while working on music together is the thoughtful approach of making music with total freedom of mind and soul. It’s the emotion and musical feelings that we both portray through each of our own tactics on music and incredibly share the same thoughts which we could put in it to complete a whole story of musical line for the final output accordingly.
What are the thoughts, stories and ideas behind your music, and choice of the single track titles and the album name?
The music by Cadenced Haven does reflect distinctive thoughts of various sorts. When I compose music, different kinds of observations about certain things in life, various kinds of experiences build up certain emotions to create an image of melody that hopes to reflect sub-consciousness of the composer and the listeners as well. Every piece of a musical note does bear individual personality. If combined together, the whole output seems to reveal another new story.
Likewise, every track of this debut album is an element of a story as a whole. Each track symbolizes different stages and aspects of life, some are understandable but yet inexplicable to some extent and carries certain meaning of existence, individuality, personality, vision, thoughts etc. And that is how these elements (tracks) had been named, basically inspired by the fact of various aspects and visions of life accordingly.
Is there a connection between your music and your personal life?
For me, there is none other way than through the narrations of melody to expressing things learnt from life. It not only helps me to express the feelings that I experience but also to find answers to the lost questions…. the questions that evolve from life, emotions, practical situations and mystical consequences etc., which we tend to avoid intentionally because of the fear of facing the truth of reality. But music can have the power to evaluate such feelings and turn them into illuminated knowledge and help us regain inner strength to move ahead.
Are you part of any other musical project(s), or are there you like to be involved in?
In addition, CH has also been a part of a US voluntary country group project called Voice Of Hope, in which many respectful country artists are involved, and CH has been honored to be participating in one of its Band Aid version tracks called “Let’s just try”, written by David Bethune and produced by Greg Pando (who also played with Willie Nelson, Leanne Rhymes, Chuck Berry etc.) It sure was a new challenge for CH as lyricist of the track quoted.
Also there are plans for future collaborations with several other musicians, such as Sally Cooper, a female vocalist from Australia, and Lisha, professional recording artist from Germany. When time permits, CH sincerely hopes to make more collaborative tracks in the future with the respected ones mentioned above.
CH is also honored to have its first official track “Haven” released on the 2009-compilation album, “Eye Café Volume 2”. This digital album has been put out by the very famous Italian label Eye Lounge Records, and it’s now also available in several online stores, including Beatport. I hereby again like to thank Elvio, Francesco B. and Claudio for the initiative and the opportunity.
I also hope another new compilation album might be out from Malta’s Exotique Records on account of Mother’s Day, as it CH’s single “Paradox” included. This album is probably going to be released in May 2010.
Laila, what does your studio look like, any kind of musical gear do you use, any favorite(s) that you use as main instrument(s)?
My favorite instruments have always been guitar, keyboard, piano and other related synths. I use my Yamaha keyboard as the main instrument, the guitar when it comes to using hardware gear. CH is very pleased and quite amazed by modern digital, music composing software for its remarkable capability to articulate the composer’s inner imaginations. It also helps to reflect musical ideas so intensely and perfectly that it makes things so much easier to express feelings through melody. Due to their possibilities one doesn’t even have to deal with analog synths at times to some extent.
Most of all, in the process of composition and all elements related to it, I learned how important it is that every part of musical notes and emotions in a particular track should be harmoniously sketched and designed with heart and mind….. it certainly doesn’t have anything to do with what any kind of analog synths or digital software we are using.
In the end, what matters the most is the imaginative thoughts that different composers share while composing, which defies their musical style from others. Using better synths or software sure plays a vital role in helping oneself to express spiritually and musically. But yet inexplicable thoughts are more authentic without which sharing such emotions with the world would not be possible at all.
So what future plans do you have in mind?
CH also has found a friend in multi-platinum producer and four-time Grammy Award winning engineer Malcolm Springer from the US. His skilful musical touch is featured in the movie soundtracks such as “Spider Man”, “Scream 3”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”, “The Horse Whisperer” and many more.
Cadenced Haven is still growing in musical terms and there is no limit to learn as much as possible. The main goal behind my project is to reach beyond a certain level of the horizon where listeners can visualize the new destination and feel a new being of themselves. It hopes to build a new world of melody and inspirations for the listeners which can help them attain their inner strength of desire and aspirations to move on. It emphasizes on leaving something behind which will possess capability to enhance the mankind into a bliss of spiritual realm to realize the Seventh Heaven. And that’s where the main objective lies, the ultimate future plans of Cadenced Haven. Let’s see how far this project can go on in the future…