Friday, October 17, 2014

The Last Hour Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project, since the recording of the new album?

The single "Oblivion", a preview of the new album, came out on 23 September via The White Room Netlabel (https://thewhiteroomnetlabel.bandcamp.com/album/oblivion). "Winning", cover of the English post-punk band The Sound, appeared on "There Must Be A Hole In Your Memory - A Tribute To The Sound & Adrian Borland" (The Beautiful Music), release created in support of the film "Walking in the Opposite Direction" (facebook.com/AdrianBorlandDocumentary).

2.You have a new album coming out in December, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Music is post-cold dark wave with the extensive use of synthesizers. The new album sounds more electronic and groovy than in the past, but with dark mood as always.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

The new album is entitled "Deadline", a boundary line that we can’t cross without dying risk. In "Deadline", I communicate with the universe, with the silence of God, searching for a sense to breathe. I talk about the fight between illusion and reality, life and dream. "Deadline" is the door towards the infinite, the unconceivable worlds, the cosmic space, the nowhere.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The White Room'?

The White Room is my Digital Record Label specialized in Darkwave, Gothic, Dark Ambient, Electronica, Experimental music (https://thewhiteroomnetlabel.bandcamp.com). It's also the name of my recording studio and the title of an instrumental song of my side project Les Jumeaux Discordants. The white room, the empty room, it's useless to fill it with objects, it's useless to make noises, where dreams don't exist, where music is silence, where universes are nullified.

5.With this project, you record most of the stuff by myself, do you feel this gives you more freedom as a musician to do what you want with your own music?

Yes, it gives me more freedom. It's essential to create music and to express myself in the best possible way.

6.The new album is going to be released through both The White Room netlabel and Seventh Crow Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Seventh Crow Records will release "Deadline" in physical CD. It's a Paris-based independent record label, created by Sébastyén D. and Lélia in 2007. Originally specializing in neofolk and darkwave, the label now expand to indie folk, anti-folk, indie rock, post-punk, no wave, gothic rock and industrial (https://seventhcrowrecords.bandcamp.com).

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of darker forms of music?

Sometimes I get messages and beautiful words from around the world. It gives me the energy to continue with my works.

8.On the new album you worked with Carlo Baldini of My Terminal And the Trip and The Nine Tears, can you tell us a little bit more about this collaboration?

The collaboration between me and the multi-instrumentalist Carlo Baldini began with the song "Winning" wherein Carlo played bass. Later, he mixed and mastered the whole album and composed music of the song "Falling Away". He made a great work.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

I will work for new projects because music is my life.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I listen to several kinds of music, my favorite artists are: Dead Can Dance, Joy Division, Einstürzende Neubauten, Diamanda Galas, Death In June, Depeche Mode, Björk, My Dying Bride… Nowadays I'm listening to the new Blonde Redhead and Lisa Gerrard albums.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love the visual arts, to travel, to visit museum, to immerse myself in nature, literature (E.A. Poe, Thomas Mann, Gabriele D'Annunzio, George Byron...) and cinema (Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polański, Lars von Trier...).
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12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

'Such men are like clockwork, which is wound up, and goes it knows not why. Every time a man is begotten and born, the clock of human life is wound up anew to repeat once more its same old tune that has already been played innumerable times, movement by movement and measure by measure, with insignificant variations’ (Arthur Schopenhauer).

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