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Interviews with Musician, designers and creators.

Interview – Gorilla Pulp

It was a pleasure to have a chat with GORILLA PULP after 4 years. The Italian stoner rock act released a new album in 2017 called “Heavy Lips“ and this year looks like are happening more fun and interesting stuffs and to find out about these all, you can read below and interview I had with Maurice (vocals and guitar) and Angelo (guitar).

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Hello guys and welcome back to Romania, as I know you were here last year aswell to a jazz festival or something like that…
Maurice- Yeah last year to Transylvania Blues festival in Brasov, was amazing!

And tonight is your first time playing here in Bucharest. What expectations do you have from the crowd tonight?
Maurice- I hope that it would be a good crowd, we will make a lot of noise and we will enjoy the show!

So it’s been a while since we had our first interview, 4 years ago.
Maurice- Yeah, long time ago, the first work, the first EP. This year is our 5th year of Gorilla so we are celebrating our 5th birthday.

Back in 2015 we spoke about the debut album andf the EP if I remember well, in 2017 youțve released a new album called “Heavy Lips“. What is the feedback on the songs from the corwd during the gigs?
Maurice- Ah is a good feedback, people usually enjoy rock n roll stuffs, we are playing a mix of stoner rock, blues stuffs and bit melodic, bit groovy, then people seems that they’re enjoying the shows everytime and the beautiful thing is that we are always celebrating the women, also because today is Women’s Day and this is very good because the difference between metal and stoner rock and other genres is that a lot of women are coming to our shows.

Your music has a lot of elements and vibes from the 80’s and 90’s, when I’m listening to your songs, especially the riffs it sends me to bands like Thin Lizzy maybe, some Motorhead here and there, how do you manage to find the perfect sound for your music?
Angelo- Usually in the practice room we are like “Hey, I got a new riff, listen!“  and we all work togheter to our songs. In every part of our songs you can listen my sound, Maurice’s sound, Choris sound and Giorgio’s sound, is all special for us, is our trade.
Maurice- We find our perfection in our practice room; practice, practice, practice and we find what we want. We are also very lucky to have Choris’s bass, that he’s building amps.

What about a new album, are you going to release a new one, considering that every 2 years you have released one.
Maurice– Yes, we are going to release it maybe in 2020 because this year we are going to make a split album and we are going to be on the compilation, we’re going to record a few stuffs and managing it with our producer for the new stuffs, so not an album this year.

I noticed also starting from your logo and then your pictures and the videos that somehow, they are looking in retro style and times. I think there are rare bands that I’ve seen being like this so why did you choose going this way?
Maurice- Because the 70’s and 80’s are the years that I like the most, is what we like, we don’t do it just for fancy things, so yeah, we like to be this way. What you see is what we are!

 

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You’re trying to be original as much as possible.
Maurice- Yes, original as we are in order to let people see what we are inside and outside.

I also want to find out about the band’s origin name, Gorilla Pulp, it’s like you created your own world, a jungle.
Maurice- We wanted to make the name like a big animal, we also loved and added the name “pulp“ from the movie  and also Th Gorilla game, so the flesh of the gorilla and the pulp is the music. The 2 names were very good togheter.
Angelo- And we are very noisy guys like a monkey! (laughs)

Hahaha, that was a good one! Are you going to have more gigs this year aswell?
Murice- Of course, we are going to open for Jon Spencer this month and we are already confirmed for 2 festivals and we are also planning the autumn tour for this year, the last leg of “Heavy Lips“ .

And the last question is, what do you consider to be the best goal that Gorilla Pulp have achieved?
Maurice- The best goal of this year will be featured on the new video game with the soundtrack for Playstation, Xbox, PC video game that is called “Wreckfest“. The best is to see our song finally in the game.

Nice! I did not know about the game thing. I’ll definitely chek this out maybe, even that I’m not a gamer.
Angelo- He’s a gamer (pointing to Giorgio-drums).

I can’t wait to see you performing tonight. When I saw on the fest poster your name I said to myself that I must go to see you, because we’ve also talked before so I know about you! Thx a lot for the interview again!
Maurice- Thx a lot too and good luck to you. Cheers and rock n roll!

 

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Interview: Nadja

Nadja is a Canadian duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff. Nadja started as a solo project of Aidan back in 2003 and later on 2005, Leah joined on board, making the band more active and performing live. The duo plays a lot of styles like shoegaze, dark drone, dark ambient and rock. As they were booked to Bucharest, I decided to attend the show and was no regret: it was amazing. But before the show, I had an interview with both Aidan and Leah which answered to my questions.

Hello to both of you Aidan and Leah, welcome here in Bucharest, how are you guys?
Aidan: We’re good, thanx having us here, is nice to be back!
Leah: We almost didn’t make it, but we did it!
Aidan: Yeah, there were some travel challanges getting here from Sofia.

I have discovered your music a few months ago when I was looking for new dark ambient bands, I checked on Nadja aswell and I have to say that you do a great music! You are a duo band from Canada and also from Germany, a band with a lot of elements: shoegaze, dark ambient, drone, what actually inspires you to do much music?
Aidan: We listen to a lot kinds of music, we try to take a little bit from different styles and make our own style.

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You released around 20 albums, EP’s, Aidan you have your solo albums too which are a lot, I think Dagdrom is your best release so far, actually each album evolves and going through different directions, what makes you go on different music direction and not just one?
Aidan: Is our own interest in keeping ourselves interested…
Leah: We can’t do the same thing, are 10 years since we are playing and we can’t go the same way.
Aidan: Yeah, so we want to experiment to keep ourselves challanged.

As Sv album that is more into the rock direction and more groovy, that’s a nice album too! You collaborated with many people, one of those are Mac McNeilly (The Jesus Lizard) and Dorian Williamson, how was it to collaborate with them?
Aidan: There are two different extremes that we worked out. We never met Mac in person before, we did files sharing and talking online about working on the project and Dorian I’ve known for many years, we did everything in the studio and experimenting just playing in the studio.

What can you tell me about naming the band ”Nadja’’?
Aidan: When I started the project it was just me doing it in the studio, my name backwards spelled with a `j`, so it was kinda the idea that it was the opposite of me, but there are other refferences too.

I read an interview where you said “Set up a show and we will come“ . Is it difficult for you to get shows booked?
Aidan: No!
Leah: I think that is an old quote!
Aidan: But is still true I mean people were saying on facebook “Oh, come here, come there’’ and this is not a practical suggestion so when I say “Set up a show and we will come“ it’s more telling people that talk to your local promoters and maybe we can talk and make it happen, we also travelled a lot of different places, some places are not usual for touring bands, but is great we can do that.

But do you prefer the indoors shows or outdoors ones, like festivals.
Aidan: Indoors are usually better for us. We’ve played festivals but the sound is too difused so it can be lost in the open air.

Are you in the making of a new album?
Aidan: Yes, we just finished up a new album and we are ready for the production the fall of this year.

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I’m looking forward to it! Do you consider newcomers to your music can find it difficult to listen to your music for the 1st time?
Aidan: That’s hard to say! Depends where they’re coming from, some people are used with this style of music and is not surprising and some find it completely tough.

Where will you be playing further after Bucharest?
Aidan: Tomorrow we’ll play in Timisoara and then the next day in Cluj Napoca, then we are home for a few weeks, then we’ll have a short tour in Spain and by summer we’ll be in Canada for a few shows, we don’t generate to play a lot in the summer.

That’s interesting! Can’t wait to see you on stage! Since discovered your music and seeing you will come and play here I was “Nice, I have to attend this show“. It was my pleasure taking with you. Thank you!
Aidan: Hope you’ll enjoy! Thank you!

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Interview: Therion

I had an interview with Therion’s mastermind Christofer Johnsson before the show in Bucharest, who he have talked about the actual tour over Europe along Imperial Age, the crowd response on the new songs during the live shows. More, he have talked about the new opera album Beloved Antichrist and the concept behind it, orchestra and guitar solos added in the album. What is more, he was asked how did he met the actual opera singer, Chiara Malvestiti, plans with Christofer’s other band, Luciferian Light Orchestra and others.

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Interview: Demised

Demised is a metal band from Spain, formed in the ’90. This year the band have debuted with their album A Warm Place To Stay, out via WormHoleDeath records. Here is an interview I had with Andres, mastermind of Demised, who have talked about the new album, also he have mentined why took so long as Demised to release a full-length and many others.

demised-coverHi Andres and thank you accepting my interview. Years ago you founded Demised, and you have released in 1999 with the EP Between the Ashes and the Silence, back then you were a death metal band, nowadays you have changed your style, being more ”soft” to say this way. Why have you decided to change the musical style?
Hi Carla, my pleasure! Yes the band was founded by Adrian and me when we were so young. We had two more independent releases as well as Between the Ashes; Panthalasa (1997) and Cold (2007). We love death metal but a change was needed, we felt like explore ourselves deeper and I think it was a good move.

This year you have debuted with your first album entitled as A Warm Place To Stay, what is the theme of this album and who mainly wrote the album?
I wrote the album. I pretty much like to write about the process between life and death and its connection with Nature, like a peaceful state when everything ends and we end up becoming part of it. Definitely A Warm Place to Stay is the most representative title for the whole concept.

What feedback have you gotten so far for the album?
Really good for the moment, even for old fans that we didn’t know how they would react, but is still soon to make conclusions. Right now the album is out in the US, september is time for Europe and october for Japan so let’s see how things turn out!

Why took you so long to release a full-lenght album?
On the one hand we were in no hurry to find the right way to go in this new phase, actually a new way of working was needed and it took a long time. We really enjoyed all that process, so interesting as musicians! On the other hand, Alex had a serious injury to his right arm, it seemed like he would no longer play guitar but fortunately he recovered from that.

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You and the drummer, Adrian, are the oldest members of Demised and kept the band alive since 1996.
Definitely! We grew up together listening to rock and metal since the late 80’s being kids, we had a common goal and that’s what we’re doing, even stronger and stronger.

What about shows, any touring plans? Also, planning to release a video?
Of course, we have a great video to be released via Wormholedeath and The Orchard in september, can’t wait for it! About touring, we’re planning some dates for Spain but playing outside is being difficult, for the time being we don’t have any management agency and we’re not going mad about this until we find anything good, but that’s the next goal.

I want to ask you about the label that you have signed, WormHoleDeath records, how is it to be in their rooster?
It’s awesome to be part of this family and have the chance to have a worldwide release for the album, so hope to give them back the confidence they have given us.

How is the metal scene from the city you are coming, Murcia? Can you suggest other metal bands from there to the readers?
Believe me, we have an amazing scene here, both in metal and rock, and lot of gigs even though it’s not easy for promoters. I can seriously recommend The Holeum,Rainover and a new band called La Skala de Richter that sounds really awesome.

Is there anything else would you like to add about Demised?
I’d like to greet all the readers and express our gratitude for all who’s supporting  Demised, it really means a lot to us so thank you guys, this has just begun!

Thank you Andres for your answers! Rock on!
Thanks a lot to you Carla for the interview and all the efford you put into promoting bands! It’s been a pleasure talking to you. See you!

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Interview: Talvienkeli

Below is an interview I had with Laetitia Bertrand (bass player), Camille Borrelly (vocals) and Pierre Cordier (keys) about the French metal band Talvienkeli, where they are talking about the band’s new album entitled as ‘’Hybris’’ and other stuffs about the band.

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Hi guys, thank you for taking time to answer the questions of this interview. First of all, introduce Talvienkeli.
Hi Carla! Nice to meet you. Talvienkeli is a french symphonic metal band from Lyon. It was created in 2012 and is now composed of 5 members. We released one EP in 2014 and our first album “Hybris” in 2017 in collaboration with the label WormHoleDeath.

Before releasing a full-lenght album, the band had a frontman and later Camille have joined the band as the new frontwoman. How have been these vocals changes for Talvienkeli?
Actually, Camille was here since the beginning. The frontman has joined us later to add some grunts on “Tormented”. We then tried to give him more vocal lines on the other songs. But in the end, our pathways diverged and Sandre had to quit the band. The band decided to build its identity with female vocals.

You debuted with Hybris this year, also yo have signed a deal with the Italian label WormHoleDeath, first, what is this album about?
“Hybris” is a bouquet of songs dealing with different kind of passions which can often lead to madness or deep loss. Each song tells a different story, appart from the 1st and last songs which work together.

Talking a bit about the cover artwork, what this might suggest, making a connection with the album story.
The cover artwork was drawn by our bass player in order to depict this flow of passion streaming out the human brain. It tends to show that a psychological disorder can alter reality. But on the same time, the face of the man drawn on the cover is calm and peaceful because this flow of passion can be full of colours and shades, what is beautiful, don’t you think ?

”Atlas” was the first song online as a preview of the album, what feedback have you gotten both for the song and the whole album from the fans, zines…?
We got really good feedbacks out of this video ! And reviews on many webzines proved to be really enthusiastic and helpful.

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Listening to the album, I have made a comparation of Camille’s voice being bit similar as Epica’s Simome Simons, just what my ears conceived, he he!
Ha Ha. Thanks! I remember a rehearsal when Camille started to sing some Epica song’s during a break. It was just amazing, she sounded like Simone!

How do you describe the sound of Talvienkeli?
Talvienkeli wants to keep a heavy sound but softened by more lyrical, symphonical elements that help us evade. We like an organic and warm sound which plays with different atmospheres and rythms. There is a contrast between the amplified parts and the breaks with orchestral sounds, like there is in life with the cutting reality and the one we create in our dreams in order to apease the outside world.

What are your next plans, any tour plans for the summer or maybe any ideas shooting a video for a song?
We are currently planning to make a video clip for one song of the album. We are working hard on rehearsing our songs to improve them and on composing (maybe for another album)… For now, we try to concentrate on finding more concerts where to play.

Hope one day to see you all. Thank you again for this interview. Bonne chance! 
Thank you for this interview ! It was really nice talking to you. Hope to see you soon !

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