terça-feira, 19 de março de 2019

Another Day is Wasted with Solitarion - An Interview

Solitarion é o projeto paralelo de Derrick Lin do Voyage in Solitude,

Sonoramente Derrick se complementa, com o Voyage in Solitude, o peso e a agressividade do que se costumou rotular de blackgaze conduzem o lado escuro e possessivo do cara. Já com o Solitarion a situação se inverte por completo, sai o lado obscuro e denso, entrando os sonhos e a luminosidade do rapaz.

"Another Day is Wasted" é o debute do Solitarion e flui sem maiores experimentos ou devaneios, sejam de peripécias freaks ou deveras etéreo, na realidade o Solitarion fica exatamente no centro dos extremos, digamos que é um som que fica "em cima do muro", sem pender pra lado algum.

Uma audição simples, sem maiores ambições, mas que serve e atinge perfeitamente o objetivo de seu criador, simples assim.

***** Interview with Solitarion *****

Q. When did Solitarion begin? Tell us about the history…
I am Derrick Lin from Hong Kong and I started Solitarion in October 2018 and it is my another solo music project.

I started a blackgaze project called Voyage In Solitude first in 2016 and has recorded a couple of songs. But some of the songs were not that heavy as metal and therefore they were not on the EP finally.

They are indeed good songs in my opinion and I didn't want to waste them. So I decided to found a new project which dedicates to "lighter" side of myself. That's how Solitarion begins.

Q. Who are your influences?
I have lots of music influences. Generally speaking, my influences fall into the spectrum of punk rock, indie rock, shoegaze and post-anything. My music projects are inspired by these genres.

Bands such as the Clash, Rancid, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Yuck, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Daughter, Caspian, Sigur Rós, Alcest, Deafheaven, God is an Astronaut and many more inspire my music.

I start listening to punk rock when I was in high school and put together a punk band with my school friends. During my university study, I discovered shoegaze music and the experience is unforgettable when I first listened to Slowdive and I decided to make music since then.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still a avid listener of punk rock music but I think shoegaze and it's introspective character is more suitable to myself when it comes to songwriting because I'm a introvert myself. Shoegaze music's atmosphere is matching my personalities better.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time...
The Clash - Give'Em Enough Rope
Slowdive - Just For A Day
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Deafheaven - Sunbather

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I would describe live music as an extra sensory experience to both performers and the audience. There are something you can't produced inside a recording studio like the pure energy delivered by performers and the real, chaotic sound reflection bouncing inside the live house. The wall of sound created by my guitar inside the live house is totally different from that in studio. it's louder, more powerful and permeative. Feel like travelling in another dimension.

Q. How do you describe Solitarion's sounds?
I would say its sound has a shoegaze foundation with different genre "blocks" built upon it. For example, the typical shoegaze sound may be filled with more upbeat and pounding drums, psychedelic synth, guitar wall of sound. Of course I will keep experimenting with different sounds, trying to create a unique and personal shoegaze flavour.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
My writing process is kind of mingling with recording process. As a solo musician, I have to record to see if all musical parts fit right.

I usually start with chords first when writing songs. If the chord progression still sound great with an acoustic guitar, I can go ahead further. Then I lay drums for arrangement. Bass and vocals are done to connect all the dots. Guitar leads are the last.

I repeat the process again to refine the composition in demos such as using better-sounding chords, adding more drum fill-in and refining lyrics.

Once I am satisfied with all songs, I record again, mix and master them and ready to release.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Twisteralla* - a shoegaze band from Hong Kong releases their debut album. Great sound and blend with different genres. Worth to listen.

MØL - blackgaze band from Denmark. Their debut is phenomenal and keep me looping on their songs.

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
It's an interesting question. I would choose the Clash. Joe Strummer is always my hero. Their songs inspire me both musically and politically. It's going to be special to me if I made a indie rock/shoegaze cover of their songs.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
I may have some gigs but it's really difficult to find similar bandmates and do live shows together.

I guess I will keep writing new songs and release them if I can't put together a full band.

Q. Any parting words?
Thank you for checking out Solitarion. Internet allows us to do something that we couldn't do years ago, like doing a interview half the globe away. And technology really redefines what musicians mean with more affordable equipment. I wonder there will be more solo and bedroom musicians in the future, producing their most sincere works.

By the way, I hope I can keep making music, bringing more good songs for people!