Erik Mårtensson reveals Eclipse band members have a lot of rules to follow when it comes to writing songs
Eclipse frontman and Ammunition, Nordic Union and W.E.T. guitarist Erik Mårtensson was recently interviewed by Music Radar and spoke about writing songs for his various bands.
Mårtensson opined: “I think it’s easier to write for Nordic Union, because it’s not my band. It’s not Ronnie‘s band either – it’s something in the middle, and I think it’s the same when I write for W.E.T. If the song is good, that’s enough. A great song is all it takes… When it comes to Eclipse, we have so many [rules]: ‘We can’t do this; we can’t do that’ – but it’s more open with Nordic Union. I’m usually more open-minded while writing, so that makes it easier. [Also,] I can send over the vocals to Ronnie, and he’ll make it perfect. In some sense, I guess it’s easier to write for Nordic Union, but it doesn’t mean I don’t put in as much effort – I still put in just as much effort.”
In terms of whether he starts by writing a riff, melody or lyrics when writing a song, Mårtensson advised:”It can be anything. Usually, the hardest part is to find that initial spark of inspiration. It could be when you come up with a melody for a verse, and then you have something to build on. It’s like the first brick in the wall… I always try to make the chorus [memorable]. The worst thing is when you listen to a song and the chorus comes, and you didn’t realise it was the chorus. I try to avoid that on my songs. When the chorus kicks in, you should really hear it – even if you don’t like it.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Erik Mårtensson at Music Radar.
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