It seems to me that we have been living longer in the post modern world than we lived in the modern world. So what is this post metal that everybody are talking about? RASPAIL’s singer Ianus tries to answer that. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Today we see more and more bands talking about their music in terms of post this and that. but what is really post metal this or that if you had to explain it?
-Really hard as a question. I mean: probably sometimes define something “post-” (metal, rock, hardcore etc..) is even a way to avoid a more generic definition, to give more “character” to your music, to make it more appealing. Nevertheless is something that was definitively, and artificially, created by critics. Something that you can chose when it’s too difficult to catalog music, in a more definite genre. This is my idea about it. About post metal, and maybe more about our proposal…well is surely because metal, and in the case of Raspail Doom Death Metal, is only the starting point. Our music is mesmeric: Dirge is hybridized by different influences, and so is something that goes beyond the standard definitions.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Not easy at all. But it’s came up, naturally. It is not something that we planned. We’ve only worked a lot, to make our sound the more appropriate to our ideas and personalities.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to be original in a world where almost everything has been done?
-I mean..to me is quite impossible to be “original” nowadays.. we just had followed our ideas. We put attention to not fall on the same clichès of this kind of music, and we’ve dug within ourselves to find out our roots and then we mixed these togheter with something that came later in our life of music listeners (and musicians even).
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that music gets watered down and mediocrity takes over, that you get a mass of music that is released before it is fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-Well..could happen. But This is not the case of Raspail: we have worked a lot to our music, and we decided to release it through a label and to present it to the public only when everything was perfectly done, and when we were sure that everything would work.
. I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-Well.. surely there is not a bright future, for recorded music. Unfortunately, or luckily, you are talking with someone that came from the old shool, still used to the possession of physical music – album , Cd, Vinyl .. – but yes, technology (music sharing, download etc..) could kill music as we know it. Maybe this is already happening nowadays, especially in the mainstream. The underground scene represents to me, instead, a sort of resistance. But at the same time I must admit that with the new generations a lot of things are changing.. we will see.. Not so many weeks ago, I’ve read somewhere that in Italy (and this is amazing for our country) the Vinyl market is increasing a little bit.. so who knows..
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We have had good feedbacks, and some nice reviews so far. Well, surely what has had attracted the most the people is first of all our songwriting, that embraces many different styles, and also our lyrics and the imagery behind our music: a lot of people were positively surprised that one of the thing that influenced our sound the most, was the past of our city, Rome, and also a lot of people, even far from metal, loved this mix of different genres in our sound.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-People that get in the touch with us from the most incredible places in the world.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Maybe yes, maybe not. Surely this was more true in the past, even though everything was based on word of mouth and/or with tape trading,…now instead is everything dull, surreal. The community looks bigger, because of the Social Medias, but at the same time is illusory
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-To me playing live is still a great chance to helps building a bigger following, but nowadays even the social medias could help.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We are working to the successor of Dirge, and planning something about possible live shows in the next future. Thank you for the interview!
https://youtu.be/moE-WN5wilI (demo version)
https://raspail1.bandcamp.com/track/dirge (Studio version)