10 Apr 2015

Max Lilja release Morphosis

Max Lilja ex Apocalyptica release soloLast year we started the talks with Max Lilja about his upcoming album. Now, it is such a nice feeling to have such a gifted artist in your artist roster.

Lilja, known as one of the most versatile and adventurous cellist of all times, is a Finnish cellist and composer. Max Lilja is also co-founder of legendary Apocalyptica and touring member of Tarja Turunen (former Nightwish).

Morphosis is an album where all the music is written on the cello. Max found inspirations in the melodies which wrote themselves on jamming sessions. Also, he used different approaches to the instrument by using different tunings, “A possibility that is sadly and very commonly ignored” says Max.

“When I record I’m balancing in between the possibilities of the instrument added with the electronics and the challenges of doing it all on cello.” says Lilja “Some of the lines require a very classical approach and in others I need to completely reform the original cello sound. I really enjoy going deep into the sonic possibilities, tweeking the knobs of analog effect devices and finding the perfect sounds for all the parts of the arrangements.”

Lilja was touring while at the same time recording and mixing the album. Lilja thinks it made the process more intense. “Making a music album is an intense but rewarding process and especially when you do almost all yourself. Working on the vision, writing, producing, performing, recording, mixing and being involved in the mastering. In all the steps I’m working with material that is born deep inside me and is highly emotional to me. It’s very challenging to find inside me all the different roles needed in the process and respect when the producer tells me that the arrangement sucks… so many decisions to be made and all have an influence on what the listener will hear and feel.”

Morphosis is probably not the easiest music album in the world but the artist thinks that he has achieved something truly unique that the world has never heard before. In the album, the master of the electric cello utilizes a wide spectrum of analog and digital effects to build strong identities for the sounds originating from the cello. In the nine instrumental songs you can hear influences from trip hop to electronica, from rock to classical, all morphed to the amazing cinematic images through Lilja’s cello.

One more time, Fluttery Records is proud to be Max Lilja’s record label.

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11 Feb 2015

Apocalyptica’s Max Lilja signs to Fluttery Records

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Max Lilja, co-founder of legendary Apocalyptica and touring member of Tarja Turunen band has signed a recording contract with Fluttery Records. Label is to release Lilja’s sophomore solo album.

Max Lilja, known as one of the most versatile and adventurous cellist of all times, is a Finnish cellist and composer. Lilja prepares to release his new album on Fluttery Records and celebrate the album with a tour.

Artist choses Fluttery Records to release his upcoming work which became a home for brilliant artists from all over the world. Label mainly releases instrumental music and open its arms to post-rock, ambient, modern classical and experimentalism.

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Lilja showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. At the age of five, when other children started to recognize colours and shapes of letter in alphabet, he became highly attentive to melodies created by playing his first violin. Two years later, he switched to cello, which had stayed his life passion ever since and he was accepted to the Junior Academy of Sibelius Academy when he was ten.

After years of studying and playing in various symphony orchestras, in 1996, Apocalyptica was created with Max (being only 21 years old) as one of the founders. In the following years, the band released three albums (Plays Metallica By Four Cellos in 1996, Inquisition Symphony in 1998 and Cult in 2000).

After leaving Apocalyptica in early 2000s, it seems Max unveiled his full potential – besides being a cellist in Finnish National Opera Orchestra, he became member of a multi genre metal band Hevein and a Finnish folk-pop band Tekijä Tuntematon, whose music is based on Finnish poetry.

In 2007, after initial ideas of solo album and searching for “the sound” of electrified cello, he started touring and recording with former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen and eventually, in 2013, his first solo album Play Electronica By One Cello was released.

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In Lilja’s upcoming solo album Morphosis, the master of the electric cello utilizes a wide spectrum of analog and digital effects to build strong identities for the sounds originating from the cello. In the nine instrumental songs you can hear influences from trip hop to electronica, from rock to classical, all morphed to the amazing cinematic images through Lilja’s cello.

Fluttery Records is proud to host this gifted composer. Label manager Taner Torun says “While recording the new album, Lilja showed us how he grew his compositions. We were very excited whenever we received something new from the artist. The compositions are now fully grown and they are ready to go.”

Fans can start waiting April for the albu and the tour. In order to get notified, you can join mailing list.

Here are the confirmed tour dates for the album:

April 8th, Telakka, Tampere, Finland
April 9th, Henkka, Kuopio, Finland
April 15th, Poppari, Jyväskylä, Finland
April 22nd, Suisto, Hämeenlinna, Finland
April 23rd, Semifinal, Helsinki, Finland
June 12th, New Directions Cello Festival, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A