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Edward Sanderson (ES): Puedes hablarme un poco sobre tus antecedentes? Cómo terminaste en Beijing?
Brad Seippel (BS): Provengo de Nueva Orleans. Luisiana. Me fui de los Estados Unidos para vivir en Ningbo, China en el año 2009. Mi meta inicial era aprender el idioma mandarín y adquirir un poco de experiencia después de la Universidad. En ese momento, ya yo estaba produciendo música bajo mi nombre artístico actual (thruoutin) y seguí haciéndolo así después de mudarme. Me interesé por la escena musical de Beijing mediante algunos amigos en Ningbo y comencé a hacer mi propia investigación acerca de bandas y artistas de la capital. Después visité Beijing como turista y fui a un par de conciertos en vivo en algunos locales (que ya están cerrados). Decidí enfocarme más en la música y Beijing sería un lugar adecuado para eso.
ES: Cómo entraste originalmente en la música y en la ejecución?
BS: Mi padre es baterista y un ávido escucha de varios géneros musicales, R&B, disco, rock clásico, jazz y fusión latina. Siempre estuve creciendo rodeado de música y en la escuelo estuve en el coro desde 7mo grado hasta que me gradué de la secundaria. Afuera de la escuela, comencé a estudiar el bajo a los 12 años y después toqué en bandas de punk y ska. De allí es de donde viene la mayor parte de mis primeras influencias musicales. Probablemente haya hecho mi primera presentación durante mi primer año en la escuela secundaria en una fiesta casera. Lamentablemente, no existe documentación sobre eso, hasta donde sé.
ES: Tu música cubre un amplio rango de formatos, principalmente hacia el extremo “experimental” de las cosas, y la ejecutas en distintos contextos. Los temas varían, pasando desde piezas ambientales hasta composiciones cantadas, incorporando con frecuencia grabaciones de campo. Sé que también colaboraste con otros artistas para producir ejecuciones teatrales complejas. Y también tocas la pipa, un instrumento con una fuerte conexión con la música tradicional en Asia.
Así que, Cómo alcanzaste un conjunto tan diverso de producciones? Cómo se ha desarrollado tu música a lo largo de los años? Por qué tomaste una ruta “experimental” en tu creación musical?
Peosphoros is one of the most perverse, insanely hilarious & arguably the most controversial band that i have featured in this virtual publication. What follows is part one of the interview of the band that have angered, inflamed & flipped out a lot of humorless people in the metal community. Peosphoros are like the bastard relatives of Charles Manson & Sascha Baron Cohen. They said: " Peosphoros is a strictly politically correct Trans LGBTQMN Pink Metal band and multimedia art collective who are against black metal." holding on to the claim as " First fully all Trans extreme metal band." that ever existed. And they are only getting started!
Mark: What got you folks into Gay Metal, and how do you define it?
Peosphoros: I wouldn't know because we don't do gay metal, we do pink metal. As far as using this fag personas is concerned, we do it for attention because nowadays shallow things like the sexual orientation of the artist are more important than art itself. Pink metal is the actual state of metal today. All bands are doing safe bullshit, both lyrically and musically. We push boundaries, and we are a bunch of faggots so we call the whole metal world faggots.
Mark: Are you really gay, trans or queers or it's all just an act haha, im somewhat perplexed when one of you mentioned, you are a lesbian..
Peosphoros: Leyla is part time lesbian gothlim (Gothic Muslim) part time closet bi straight man. Reimu is a certified rape victim (over 60 times), now she is my slut. Smaragda Kara is legit trans person who is one of our main tools to get attention.
Mark: Why play in a band when the world is doomed to be annihilated anyway, does making music and being a bunch of artists still matters anyway.
Peosphoros: Why do anything?
Mark: What do you think of groups such as Pussy Riot & Negativland? Where do you take your influences from..
Peosphoros: I didn't know those bands, I just googled them. Pussy riot seems to be a bunch of pathetic feminists, I hate feminists. They have a song titled “kill the sexist” disgusting.. We aren't the same with that band at all, the only similarity we have is that we are their opposite, we want inequality and destruction. We take our influences from the deepest forms of torture and hate. Mexican Cartels, Islamic Terrorists, Nazi Germany and child molestation.
Mark. Do you feel that the LGBTQ minorities are underrepresented in the underground and independent music subcultures, especially in the metal scene.
Peosphoros: No they are overrepresented, art should be about the deepest depths of individuality, not some shallow issue like your sexual preference or gender. Nowadays it's all about whether someone is gay/trans etc. Cos people do not want to deal with real issues.
Mark: You folks seem to make fun of Nazis, Christians, Islam, Satanists and folks into Black Metal, can you give us an explanation why do you think people who are into those kind of stuff.
Peosphoros: The biggest faggots are Antifa, the other ones pale in comparison. But we make fun of everything that poses objective moral values. The thing we hate about black metal and fake Satanists is that they do not push boundaries. Anyone who pushes boundaries, no matter what they are, is cool.
Mark: How does it feel getting hate mails & death threats for voicing your views & opinions?
Peosphoros: Feels very nice, I love it. I only wish they weren't a bunch of pussies and that they would actually come to meet me and get stabbed to death. They are false prophets & Satan is a superstition.
For more info about the band, follow their updates at your own risk over at Facebook & their YT Channel. Band website: http://www.peosphoros.com. Their debut album "Pink Metal" was released on March 30 and would be available in physical format from SGW Records in the UK. They declared that the album " explores problems of Black Metal culture, modern genocide of minorities, sexual liberation, power structures, sex worker artists." The band stated that "All the funds created from the album go to Syrian refugees and freedom of Palestine." Expect the part 2 of the interview in the coming weeks.
Dark Phantom, a metal band from Kirkuk, Iraq has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money online to support their endeavors to tour war torn Syria. The original message as follows: "Hello earthlings, We're Dark Phantom a Heavy Metal band from Iraq, We started this campaign to raise money to travel and tour in our neighboring war torn country Syria and play multiple Metal shows there with our original music, We work full time jobs and are trying our best to support the band and the Metal scene in both Iraq and Syria but our sole effort is not enough and we need financial help, We go through daily struggle to practice as a band wether it's equipments that are too expensive for us or finding a place to practice since music in these forms are forbidden and prohibited by law and religion, Many times our shows get canceled mostly by the Ministry of Culture! They state that such music cane never be played in here, That's why we need Metal patriots around the globe to help us out to travel to Syria to make a good impact in the Metal scene and spread the word and the music here in the Middle-east." written by Murad Mohammed, Leader of Dark Phantom. Follow this link to make a donation: leetchi.com/c/trip-murad-mohammed
The band biography: "Dark Phantom’s idea began in Kirkuk, Iraq late in 2007. The impression was to reach their dreams in western music and to express the inferior circumstances in the city, and explain it to the universe. But things wasn't able to progress, due to the bad situation in Iraq, and that lead to postponement of forward progress and a period of hibernation, for their safety. This was for survival, without any developments in the level of art. In 2008, the band was able to start up again and started rehearsal, despite all the dangers. Death was a consequence, of being caught playing this music in an Al Queda controlled situation. It was a volatile situation. Dark Phantom could then, hardly compose their first song, before there was a decline in the band's musical direction. They turned to cover songs, and, at the same time, worked on original music. There was a lot criticism in the Iraqi arena, to the band's music after the war, but the band was still looking to faith and hope, to guide them in what they believe – that music, itself, means life. In 2009, the band managed to have a birth of their own music, by starting to write the first songs after many months in rehearsal. The final result was good, but no one regarded it. The band started to find ways to rerecord it, but unfortunately needed lessons in audio technique. After some instruction and added new hardware and software, the band continued preparation for more songs, and they set to make their first album. At first, it took a while to figure out the name of album. They settled on "Beta ". In 2011, the band played their first concert in the city of Kirkuk. It was unforeseen, that under the same circumstances (volatile aggression, anti-metal music “laws”, etc.) a crowd came to see them and news of event rocked the small city. After the success of that gig, the band returned again to their studio to finish the album that they promised to their new fans. After a lot of demand from the fans on the band's Facebook page for a second concert, in 2011, Dark Phantom was ready, but there was another situation that made it impossible. Terror groups and their allies began threatening to close all the of band's pages on the internet. The band was also warned, again, to stop their activities, or else. Now, in 2012, Dark Phantom’s members return to work on the final touches of their album. Now, as they finish it, they still struggle for local and worldwide promotion, and are awaiting the day that their dreams become reality, through their faith and hope in humanity. After the band reputation was spread in the area, exactly in 2013 they started getting invitation to make a live concerts in different cities and indeed they responded, making 3 successful concerts in 3 different cities which was a great recovery and improvement for the band health ... In 2014 some major changes were made to the band Vocal & Drummer (as they both left for safety reasons and the bad current situation of Iraq) and started working in a different fields . So, Mir was introduced to the band as a Vocal and Mahmood as a Drummer , were eventually the band style and musical color was changed to adapt the Thrash Death Metal Genre ... And in a short time they made their 1st original Track (Nation of Dogs) Which opened the rusty gates for the band to start their 1st Album which is still "under construction" these days ... As they are struggling hardly and travel across cities to meet for their dream the "Rehearsal" and creating the Passion's Music ." Written by Chris Yashar Edited and translated (for English) by Shawn Schroeder Reviewing translation by Dana Zangana
For information about Dark Phantom, you can follow their social media page & their YT Channel. The band has released their debut album via United By Chaos Records (Finland) & Symbol of Domination Prod (Belarus) in 2016 called "Nation of Dogs". You can stream or download their music at their bandcamp page or buy their CD via UXC Merch.
Pitchblack is a Metalcore band from Moscow, Russia. They are currently embarking on a tour to play in many different parts of EU after the release of their debut album All or Nothing. You can pre-order your copy here: http://unitedbychaos.storenvy.com
Pitchblack is a prolific metal band, and have shared the stage with CHILDREN OF BODOM, MEGADETH, THE 69 EYES, GRAVEWORM, INSOMNIUM, PAIN, STEVE VAI, APOCALYPTICA, SONIC SYNDICATE, KREATOR, STIGMATA, RASHAMBA and others. With Special Guests: Murhasyyte Full Time Fuck Ups Execution Mania And Wicked Cat from Moscow, Russia
Conducted in December 2017. Originally published on: chaosnet.tumblr.com
Mark: How did you did get into modeling and what was it like in the beginning.. was it easy or difficult to get into the industry?
Ira: Very interesting question. I made hobby shootings before, yet more in the dark scene. But the gothic/ metal fashion scene is poor and nobody pays models even for magazine shootings or fashion shows. So almost everything you see online regarding gothic/metal fashion with was made by hobby models for free. They try to cover their costs by publicity they get through exposure, but no one pays them for their pictures. They all have their regular jobs. Only tattoo or erotic models earn money with alternative modeling. As you see there are not many ways to become a well paid gothic/ alternative model.
I disliked this situation. So I decided to enter the real fashion industry.
To be honest to become a model is much easier than to achieve a serious label/ booking deal in the metal music industry. In the modeling you have a chance to be invited to a casting and if you fit customer’s requirements, you will be booked. In metal it’s different. I think there way more metal bands than models, hahaha. Nobody takes your band seriously. The labels and booking agencies treating you like trash until you prove you are worth their attention. Nobody wants to invest in a small act, of which they are not sure that it brings them money. If you see the „new“ upcoming band it’s to 99% a side project of a famous musician or just a band who worked hard over 10 years or so, became popular on their own costs and finally got the attention of the bosses. If I see an artist with the serious deal and promotion without any past it looks very suspicious to me. You won‘t be „scouted“ in the music industry because you are just a talented act with great stuff. Don’t be naive. But now the artists are able to do self promotion, so nothing is impossible even in the crazy time we are living in.
However in modeling it’s up to your skills, talents and your appearance. There are many good model agencies over the world and only few serious metal labels and bookings who can provide a band with good conditions. All agencies are proving your social-media presence before you will get an answer or a deal. Nowadays it’s a very important point. I hope I did show the clear difference and similarities.
Mark: Sariola refers to a place in Finnish mythology, for the benefit of our readers, could you elaborate on this?
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