Interview with Krista (vocals)
Interview by Jack Merry
You’re about to release your brand new studio album entitled ‘Hiraeth’ on October 15th 2021, could you tell me a little bit about how the album name came about and when writing sessions began?
We started writing the album about a year ago and the title “Hiraeth” came to be from something I had seen online. Originally I wanted it to be called “Lost in a Soul” but after seeing that, the word “Hiraeth” just tied everything together perfectly.
Where does the band name LUTHARO originate from?
Lutharo is an elvish word meaning “the enchanter.”
When did you first start getting into music and know you wanted to join a band?
I’ve been into music since the first day I was brought into this world. My parents have always played music around the house and love going to concerts so I guess you could say it’s in my blood. I wanted to join a band since I found out I could sing but it was a long time before the perfect opportunity aka Lutharo came around.
What was it like growing up in your hometown of Hamilton in Canada and realizing you had an interest in the genre of heavy metal?
Growing up in Hamilton I guess you could say was a very average life. Metal is accepted but definitely not mainstream. However the metal community is very strong so that made it easy to carry on doing what I loved.
Can you tell me a little bit about how the writing and recording process began for ‘Hiraeth’? What was the first song you had completed for it?
The process began about a year ago and the songs flowed out very naturally. Having a worldwide pandemic also gave us a very long time to focus on detail. The first song we wrote was the song entitled “In Silence We Reign.”
Is there a running theme or concept throughout the album, and if so, what inspired this?
The meaning behind the word “Hiraeth” is a deep yearning or longing for a home that is either beyond this existence or something that existed in the past. It could also be compared to a feeling of nostalgia. So the ongoing theme for the album is searching for not necessarily a physical home, but a feeling of belonging or purpose.
Who did the artwork for your new album, and why did you choose them?
The artwork was done by an artist in Greece named “Gogo melone.” We chose her because we had seen previous artwork done by her and thought she would do an excellent job bringing our vision to life.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
I would describe it as the lost and found bin of metal. It has a little bit of every genre in it, so there’s something for everyone. We like to joke around and call it “custom metal.” The sound specifically though is very dark yet melodic and energetic.
What has been your favourite gig to date and why? Once the pandemic is over and live shows return fully, where are you looking forward to playing most?
My favourite show to this day was when we played with the band “Alestorm” at the Opera House in Toronto. We are looking to play everywhere and anywhere we can. We would absolutely love to tour in Europe and it would be a dream to play “Wacken” or “Hellfest!”
Which brand of equipment do you like to use when performing (either live or in the studio)?
All of my equipment aka my wireless mic and in ear system are both “Sennheiser.” However in the studio I usually use a Shure SM7B microphone.
Do you have a favourite track from the new album, and if so, why? What makes it stand out for you?
It’s very hard to choose a favourite song on our new album honestly. Every song is awesome in its own way and tells its own unique story.
Where do you draw your influences from when it comes to producing new music/lyrics? Could you list me some bands that particularly inspire the sound of LUTHARO and why?
My lyrics mainly come from things that I experience in my daily life or witness others go through. I like to write about things or situations close to me so I can feel as connected as possible to the song. We draw a lot of inspiration from “Arch Enemy”, “Unleash the Archers”, “Metallica”, “Judas Priest” and so much more.
What is the metal music scene like in your hometown of Hamilton? Any new bands that have caught your attention?
The metal music scene in Hamilton is very strong and very supportive. I will get back to you on the new bands part once we are able to play shows again.
What is it like touring? Do you all get on all of the time? Or do you have times you need space from each other?
We’ve always been really good with each other while touring. We have great chemistry as a band and as friends. It also helps to have our drummer Duval there for some comedic relief.
Any bands you would like to go out on tour with? Who would be your ideal tourmates?
There’s way too many bands to name that we would love to tour with but our number one would probably be Arch Enemy.
What genres of music do you like to listen to personally?
Obviously metal is my favourite but I listen to a little bit of everything. If you were to see my music collection or my Spotify playlists you’d be very confused.
You’re stranded on a desert island with only 3 records and a record player. Which 3 albums would you want with you?
Hmmm that’s a tough one. I would have to say “Abyss” by “Unleash the Archers”, “Black Sabbath” by “Black Sabbath” and “Skin & Earth” by “Lights.”
What do you like to do outside of music? Have you watched any great TV lately on streaming services etc?
Outside of music I love to workout, travel and mostly just hangout with good friends and family. The last show I binged watched and couldn’t get enough of was “The Witcher.” I was hooked on that within the first few minutes.
What are your plans for the rest of the year? Even with Covid, are you looking to get some live shows booked up? Maybe start on some new music?
Were playing a few local shows but we would love to start touring as soon as we can. As for new music we’ve been already starting to mess around with some ideas so we’ll see where that takes us.
Thank you for your time, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
I just want to thank everyone for their continuous love and support especially in these difficult times! You guys are what keeps the metal music scene alive and you give us so much drive to keep doing what we love!