Check out this interview with UNFLESH. I think you are gonna like this once you hear them because this is cool stuff. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Ryan Beevers: “When the band was first created it was for the same reason that I have as of now and that was to explore and try to dig deeper into what lies beyond life and try to channel those energies through the music. With the new album I think lyrically we were able to reach further into the darkness and channel this at a much greater rate as opposed to our first release.”
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?
-Ryan Beevers: “The sound of the band has always come very natural and there is a very strong vision of what the band should be and sound like. The most important thing for Unflesh is what the music is channeling both musically and lyrically. The band had a variety of influences in the beginning and those influences had a helping hand into molding the sound that is Unflesh today. The main influences in terms of the music were bands like Dissection, Mayhem Necrophagist, Watain ect….”
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Ryan Beevers: “The creative process can sometimes be truly something special and there are times where it doesn’t work but we are always writing new music all the time. The process of getting for example records out is sometimes challenging for us but the main priority is to see the vision through regardless of any hurdles we might come across and that is what we will continue to do.”
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Ryan Beevers: “I consider full length albums essential for a band like us. I think the majority of people that are into this kind of music are more interested in absorbing a full albums worth of material instead of listening to just a single song. I feel no urge to release less material just because of technological advantages of todays world.”
I for one feel that the change in 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 music?
-Ryan Beevers: “Its tough to say in regards to the survival of music, I’m not so sure it will be gone completely. I’m sure music will always be around in some way. At this point in time I think music being downloaded for free and all that is just growing pains for future formats, a lot of people perceive it in a negative way but I think there is a plus side to it in terms of a lot more people hearing it as opposed to before.”
-Peter De Reyna: “I disagree, I find that this change is not a loss but rather a shift in the music industry. People still pay for music, although less than they used to for physical albums. For example, streaming services make up over 70% of revenue for the entire music industry. Since there is less money to be made from album sales, musicians such as ourselves must be creative and make money through the multiple other methods that modern technology provides us with. Music as we know it will always be kept alive.”
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Ryan Beevers: “For us the responses to the music have been pretty good thus far, a lot have people seem to find something special about the style and that’s great. In regards to people’s attention, I don’t really think about that all too much. I hope that if we’ve caught anyone’s attention that they absorb the music completely and that it means more to them than just another extreme metal song or album like it means to us. I’m quite aware though, that’s a tall order.”
-Chris Dovas: “Our music has always gotten a positive response from fans. What I think gets people’s attention is how technical the music is and how well we can pull off the music in a live setting just as well as in the studio.”
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Ryan Beevers: “Working with Hannes Grossman on the first Unflesh release was something pretty special.”
-Peter De Reyna: “Being able to reach out to the good people from scenes anywhere in the US in order to get Unflesh on the road.”
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Ryan Beevers: “For me I wouldn’t say its made me feel like I’m a part of a community but it does allow me to delve deeper into my own spiritual beliefs in a way that was absent in my life for quite some time.”
-Chris Dovas: “Playing music with these guys is always a pleasure. I feel Ryan’s writing has pushed my playing to be better and faster than it has ever been before, and I am very happy to share my playing with everyone on our new album “Savior”
-Peter De Reyna: “Being a musician has always made me feel at home, especially among the greater musician community. Working professionally as a musician has allowed me to foster relationships that I wouldn’t otherwise have. Its amazing who you’ll meet under musical circumstances.”
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Ryan Beevers: “Live shows are crucial for us and I think we gain more and more fans each show and that how it should be in my opinion.”
-Chris Dovas: “Absolutely. Seeing a great performance in this style of music in a live setting is a completely different experience for a listener. Metal is alive and well in the New England Metal scene and we definitely look forward to touring in support of our new album “Savior” coming out May 25th, 2018”
-Peter De Reyna: “New England has a great scene that has always supported the band who earn it. I’ve been part of the scene for years and have seen such growth and progress for bands as well as the scene as a whole.”
What plans do you have for the future?
-Ryan Beevers: “For now just releasing this new record and playing as many shows possible to support it and to continue channeling the powers of the dark through our music.”