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#throwbackthursday – 16-01-2020 – Elias Mayer (Hillsphere)

Elias Mayer - HillsphereIt’s thursday! So it’s time for a throwback! This time, Hillsphere‘s Elias Mayer looks back on a very special video production the band did in 2017, here’s the story:

“In late 2017 we released ‘Our Physical Way of Speaking’. The first official single for the ‘Florescence’ (2018) album which is in our eyes the first actual song of the album as it is also the first one to include vocals. We wanted our debut album to have a slow building intro so when this song comes in it reaches a climax that’s basically overdoing the climaxes from the songs before. It’s the ending mark of the intro and it opens the road for the rest of the album. The real way to listen to it is by listening to the album in its entirety.

Its subject being about an emotional fight between two individuals made us come to the idea to translate its meaning in a choreographic
way. After a period of searching we reached out for two contemporary dancers by the names of Cris van Tol and Tyrone Menig. The fact that they had to write this piece for a dynamically diverging song of five minutes long, in such a short amount of time, was quite challenging. We knew that they were able to make the best out of our idea. Both of them had their fair share of experience being the dance instructors they are and even being known for their appearances on So You Think You Can Dance and Holland’s Got Talent. Although it was a new experience for every one of us, Cris and Tyrone were perfectly able to express themselves in the way we had in mind.

We have had a lot of support for the production of this clip. Our booker at the time was able to grant us the main stage of Duycker, Hoofddorp, our label was able to help us out with the film production and multiple webzines and social media pages helped us to promote
the clip after they discovered it. Looking back at it now we were definitely lucky to have such a team of professionals working with us. We couldn’t be more happy with a result like this for our first videoclip!”

You can watch the video below:

#whatdoesprogmeantoyou – 08-01-2019 – Tom de Wit (TDW/Dreamwalkers Inc)

LRP Extended - #whatdoesprogmeantoyou - Tom de WitWith the start of the new year, we asked TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc composer and singer Tom de Wit, what he thinks of progressive music and what it means to him. He shared the following with us:

“Progressive music to me represents an absolute type of freedom that is not found in ‘regular’ music genres. I can remember hearing a band like Symphony X for the first time as a 14 year old teenager and just being struck by how this band was combining heavy metal, classical music, stage musicals (in the vocal department in a way) and all sorts of stuff like it. As most kids in the early 2000’s, I was into nu-metal and was introduced to stuff like Sepultura, Slayer and all that jazz. Also next tot that in my case, I also loved classical music and movie/videogame soundtracks, so hearing a genre in which you could just randomly throw shit together like that seemed like discovering the holy grail.

Then one of my first bandmates introduced me to Genesis with Peter Gabriel on vocals & crazy sh*t like Vandergraaf Generator, Zappa etc. I remember not ‘getting’ the avant-garde stuff much, and gravitating more to the melodic stuff like later-Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jethro Tull etc. But as the years went by, I started appreciating the more avant-garde stuff like the earlier mentioned VdGG, Zappa and the likes more and more. Those artists and bands really understood the ‘stupid fearlessness’ that is required to make prog work as a genre.

With prog it’s really a matter of ‘go hard or go home’ in terms of dedication. If you do prog half-assed, no one will believe you. I think genres like metal, hip-hop and other lifestyle cultures also have this value ingrained in it. Fakeness will be spotted and fans will not get into that. However, because prog still very much is a niche genre worldwide, I think that that statement rings true even more. The progfamily is tightknit and we bond over our mutual love and appreciation of this weird music. But also because this music is such a reactionary experience as opposed to ‘regular pop-music’, the honesty and integrity are very important.

Progressive music will always be the weird kid in the musical pantheon, but I think that that is also exactly why it is required to keep the musical world balanced. Weird music that breaks boundaries is needed to balance out all the pre-made formulaic music that is made all over the place. And I am also happy to see that the prog genre as such, still attracts a lot of fans. “

For an example of the music made by Tom, check out the video below:

05-12-2019 – Special December 2019 webstore sale announced!

1 = 3 December sale!Layered Reality Productions presents a very special 1=3 December sale!

Lasting only this month, when you buy 1 product in our webstore (Applies to all products), you will recieve 2 releases as a gift for free! No additional shipping costs! Just some extra Layered Reality goodness!

So if you were already thinking about buying products from the label: Now’s your best chance!

The sale will be going live from the 5th of December 2019 and will last till the 31st of December 2019.

We hope you will all have happy holidays and a great years’ end!

Start shopping now!

#webstore #oneisthree #special #holidays #sale

03-12-2019 – Bioplan signs with Layered Reality Productions

Andi Kravljaca - BioplanWe have some great news that we can finally share with you: the Swedish instrumental progmetal project Bioplan signs with Layered Reality Productions!

Bioplan is an instrumental progressive metal project helmed by multi-instrumentalist and singer Andi Kravljaca. (known from Aeon Zen, Nibiru Ordeal and Seventh Wonder among others!) Andi started Bioplan to create an avenue for his instrumental work and combines his love for technical metal guitarwork with epic melodies and a big dose of 80’s synthwave soundscapes.

The debut EP `Ocular` was released to streaming services in April of 2019 and was recieved with praise from the international press and made many a fan within the metal-guitar community as

well as among those who like their music progressive, melodic and spacey.

You can listen to Ocular here:

Spotify: http://bit.ly/bioplanocularsp
Apple Music: http://bit.ly/bioplanocularam
Amazon: http://bit.ly/bioplanocularama

A new release for Bioplan is in the works which will take the project to the next level and all parties involved are very excited about this indeed!

You can find and follow Bioplan online here:

http://bioplan.se/
https://www.instagram.com/andikravljaca
https://www.youtube.com/andikravljaca
https://www.twitter.com/gryphonguitar

#bioplan #newband #andikravljaca #progressivemetal #synthwave #ocular #newrelease #comingsoon