Interview with Victor Olsson from Saffire
Time for release of the new album “Where Monsters Dwell”, how does it feel?
Great, even though it also feels like a hundred years since we started working on it, I think we started something like 2 ½ years ago and by now I have both loved and hated each and every track of the album. But as of now we are really pleased with the whole album.
Have you written the songs together?
-No, they are all written by me just as with “For The Greater Good”. I usually sit in my sofa and just noodling with my guitar. All of a sudden there might be a riff or something else that I like. I just take it from there. Usually the bass and drums pop up in my mind simultaneously, together with some phrases. From that stage I bring it to my computer to draft the ideas to something that is understandable for the rest of the guys.
Do you write the lyrics as well?
– Nope, I just have a few phrases or some ideas. Me and Tobbe (Tobias Jansson) usually work on the lyrics together.
If you would compare Where Monsters Dwell with For The Greater Good?
– This one is a bit wilder than “For the Greater…” and also with a warmer sound to it. I think I wrote For the Greater Good with my head and this one more with my heart. I guess I trust my guts much more, I have done this a few times now.
Do you see an evolution here?
Certainly! It is almost like every album is a reaction on the prior one. Our debut album was the gathering from five years of song writing. It became what it became without any major thought to it. As a reaction of that I wanted For The Greater Good to have a red line through it. And now with Where The Monsters Dwell I guess we are a bit more back to our first album…but of course with more maturity into it.
Thesis, anti-thesis and synthesis?
Exactly! This is the album I always wanted to do.
Take us through your guitar sound. Did you use the Kemper on this album as well?
Nope. This time I wanted a real tube amp. We first started off using the Diesel VH-4 and in the studio it sounded great. But when I listened at home it wasn’t what I was looking for. It just wasn’t my sound, it was too modern and fresh sounding. So, we re-amped it one more time while mixing. This time using a Granger, which is a Marshall clone. That really worked out well.
What are the future plans for Saffire?
We are primarily looking abroad. We would love to find a new audience on the continent. I think that our music would work out well in Germany and Italy for example, so we are reaching out in that direction. We have a few good dialogues ongoing so let’s see where it leads us.
Finally, if you got to take one album with you to a deserted island, which one would that be?
Oh, that would be Rainbow’s Long Live Rock ‘n Roll!