DifferenT A.M is the professional name of songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist producer Andreas Magnussen. A lifelong musician and accomplished guitarist, Magnussen debuted his new solo project earlier this year with the single “The Man”. That track introduced a diversely talented artist from Norway with a taste for heavy and musically sophisticated metal.
Andreas creates a musically sophisticated sound. DifferenT A.M’s music is best classified as progressive metal with a heavy lean into the lesser known djent https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djent genre which incorporates intricate rhythm patterns and downtuned guitars. To add a bit more complexity to the mix, Magnussen records his track on 7 and 8 string guitars.
“Falling Away” is the brand new single from DifferenT A.M, available worldwide via all major streaming platforms. Dark ambient vibes introduce the track before the beat drops on a thunderous progressive metal riff groove. Vocalist Laur Lindmae steps to the mic and lets loose a hellish howl. From there the song launches into a riff-heavy virtuosic prog-metal assault. Andreas crushes the track with a machine gun double kick drum attack and wall of metal guitars.
Check out “Falling Away” below. You can also hear the track on the Deep Indie Dive playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with Andreas about the past present, future and “Falling Away”. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with DifferenT A.M. Get on his socials and get in the loop on all of the music to come from this multi-talented artist.
8 Questions with Andreas Magnussen
Where are you from?
I am from Norway, a little town called Lillehammer.
How long have you been making music?
I have played guitar for 22 years, but I haven’t been making music in a studio for more than 5-6 years.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
The only musicians involved are me and guest vocalists. My best friend Thomas Hoel is a KILLER bassist, so I will be on some new songs in the future, as well as my wife Janne, she is a vocalist and I’m excited to work on some projects with her.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences must be Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Jeff Loomis and Guthrie Govan. One of my favorite bands are Planet X, Vanden Plas, Monuments, Gojira, bury tomorrow. The list goes one!
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
Non-musical influences are my beautiful daughter Sonja, my wife Janne, my best friend Thomas and my family.
What inspired you to create this project?
This project is inspired by both Covid-19 and the struggles here in Norway, and some struggles I have had myself personally.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
I have many plans in the future, I am currently working on a big ass D D D DD D DDD djenty song, so I’m really excited, and I’m looking forward to releasing it. The song will come out on all platforms in 2023, I don’t wanna say much more.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Yes, I would like to thank Laur Lindmäe who did a killer job on vocals on “Falling Away”. And of course I thank everyone who has supported me, and I hope as many as possible go check out DifferenT A.M on Spotify and click that follow button, because there are many new and exciting projects on the way.