Monday, December 15, 2014

Olam Ein Sof Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Marcelo: Since we release the new album, we started to do some concerts to promote it. After done some concerts on our country, we went to Portugal for the first time and had some concerts there, it was amazing. We still promoting it with gigs, interviews, social networking...We are also preparing to record an album with some medievals songs from the 12th to 14th centuries, songs that we use to play on our shows.

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

Marcelo: In this new album we used more instruments than the others one, it brings different color to the songs and also is the first that we did all the lyrics and named the songs in portuguese.  Even we keep our essential is natural that we got new influences between the recordings of the albums. Before we composed this last Cd we travelled to Chile and Colombia, so we could incorporate a bit of their culture and it appears on our new songs, not to play like them, but in the way that we felt and later mix their rhythm with our music. Also we used instruments from south America like charango and cuatro. I don´t think about any limit to create a music for Olam Ein Sof, so the music have elements from folk, contemporary, medieval, counterpoints, everything that we like and want to listen.

3.Your lyrics cover various types of mythologies, can you tell us a little bit more about which types you bring out with your songs?

Marcelo: Since last album we started to cover others mythologies and talk about cosmic stuff.  We had a contact with a writer that wrote about beings from 6th and 8th dimensions, and we identify ourselves with those contacts that He did, so some songs talks about it, the Felids and Uranian races. We mentioned about Vedas on our song Vimana. Some songs are about our realm, Reino de Cramfer, a cosmic and deep place with endless possibilities.

4.I know that the band name comes out of the Cabala, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this esoteric system?

Marcelo: The name was suggested by a friend, he gave a lot of names with simple meanings and there was one called Olam Ein Sof – World of Infinities. We liked and identified ourselves, even we didn´t knew much about Cabala, it touch us and know all this year I know that we choose the right name. Later studied a bit, like others system that we like to study, that brings knowledge for us and keep us connected with the universe. For us this name means what we think about art, it´s something infinity and transcendent.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Marcelo: We had great shows over the years, each one was special and different from the other. Just to mention some i remember the first time that we played using A=432hz, people was very concentrated and connected, later related to us about their feelings it was in 2011 at São Tomé das Letras; other one was our first concert in Colombia at Teatro Matacandelas in Medellin, it was our first time outside our country, it was magical for us; in 2012 we did a show with 5 differents dancers from different styles, each one of them dance 2 or 3 songs from Olam, it was an excelent experience; of course our tour in Portugal was special for us, for the first time played in a place that we never been and that influenced us a lot about history and medieval times, and we had an opportunity to play in a Castle at Santa Maria da Feira, fantastic and magical experience.
We already had some musicians and dancers on our gigs, it is great, but most of our performance is just as a duo. We are very connected with our art, with cosmo and with ourselves, people can feel all the energy and tell us that travel through others dimensions and feel tranquility while we are playing. Sometimes  we use  candles, incense, chandeliers, some magical elements to have an extra energy for our music.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Marcelo: This week we are going to do our last show this year.  In february we have a show on a medieval gothic festival called Summer Wave Festival; in march will play at a medieval fair and we are planning concerts on other brazilians states. Also we are already planning to back to Portugal and would love to play on other country in Europe.

7.Currently you are unsigned, do you feel self releasing the albums gives you more freedom to do what you want with your musical style?

Marcelo: I agree with this, when we do everything for our band we have total freedom to do everything that want. I think that have some signed ones that have lot of freedom but no equal if you are an unsigned. On other hands is more exhausted to do everything and if we could have an equilibrium it should be perfect, but when someone outside get involved with the band most of the time is not about art and i think that nowadays the artist prefer to do everything by himself.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of neo folk?

Marcelo: Because of our activities sometimes could not follow how the things are going with the music that we like, and most of time just listen the music and new bands that we find or already known. Talk about our band, we are having a good feedback with our music, not many people already know us, but the ones who get in touch with us always said that like the way that we play and do our sort of folk music.

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

Marcelo: Connected with the universe, we really look for it with our music and is the way that we live. Doing something magical, cosmic and that bring people to other dimensions. Also exploring sounds and others instruments that cross our lives and our minds. And one of our dreams as a band is to play with an orchestra and I will do it someday with our music and of course with the dancers.

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?

Marcelo: I created Olam Ein Sof in 2001 and before it I played with lots of metal bands including my black metal band Arum that still alive. I always was influenced by 80’s metal, death, thrash and black metal, I like  a lot erudite music specially medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary from 20th century and also ethnic music from  around the world. We always studied music and played different kinds of style. There many bands and musicians that we like and it should be a big list to mention but to tell some are Iron Maiden, Emperor, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Bach, John Dowland, Penderecki,…..and nowadays I am listen more atmospheric black metal bands, medieval/baroque stuffs and ethnic music from Andes, Middle east and India.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Marcelo: As a typical Brazilian I love soccer; also love to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi chuan and kung fu. Like to watch movies, go to theater and of course to concerts and shows. Astronomy, ufology and cosmic stuff really is one my main interests nowadays and also mystical stuffs. Walk and take a rest in nature like forest, mountains or beach, also animals I really like them specially our cat Brighid.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Marcelo: I would like to thank you,  for the opportunity to do this interview and for the support to Olam Ein Sof. If anyone would like to get in touch with us visit our site and there will find link to our social networks and our contact for tour, buy albums and others. Hope that the readers could listen to our music, specially our last album Reino de Cramfer and invite you all to travel through our world of infinities.

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