Thursday, December 10, 2015

i AM Esper Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days? The project has taken a break for a good year due to being busy with work and overall just needed a break. Starting to work on new stuff this month and will be releasing music again just not in the same high volume as i used to.

2.You have released plenty of material over the years, how would you describe the musical sound of the current music? The sound of my current music i would describe as mellow post rock influenced drone ambient music.

3.Your music is all instrumental, are you open to working with any vocals or song writing in the future? I did a collab in the past with a metal vocalist and put out some of it on tape. It was cool would i do it again prob not. I like the project to be as inhuman as possible and vocals remind us all that there is a human present making the music.

4.What are some of the themes and images that you bring out with your music? Animal rights , nature , solitude , and whatever personal mood or emotion im feeling at the time of the recording be it happy or sad or angry and so forth.

5.On the albums you record mostly everything by yourself, do you feel this adds to the creativity of the music? Yes i get to do it my way and don't have to answer to anyone's opinions or thoughts...which was the problem of many of the bands i used to play in years ago.

6.What are some of the best shows that you have played with this musical project and also how would you describe your stage performance? I've only played 2 shows with this project as a collab with a other musician who's style did not mesh with mine....i regret the performances and recordings of it. I can't look back but i can look forward and i feel my project is better as a studio only project.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? Most likely not unless i found a full band to play with for some kind of special performances with a full band....that's the only time it would happen.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the record labels you have worked with over the years on getting your music out there released? There's so many and i appreciate all of them for getting my music out there. As someone who ran his own label i know how hard it is and how much work goes into it you all know who you are and I can't think you all enough.

9.On a worldwide how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music? Overall very very well and I'm thankful for all the positive words...and the negative ones doesn't bother me everyone has an opinion and their right to it i make music for me not for people anyway.

10.What is going on with 'Salamander Lane Productions' these days? Nothing at all its be inactive for some time i may reopen it as a way to self release my own material again at some point but no longer other bands. As of now I just don't have the time to devote to a label right now it's so much work and when you work 2 jobs you just don't have barely anytime for things like this. Maybe in the future i will do it again.

11.You are also involved with 'Black Antlers', can you tell us a little bit more about this project? Black antlers is a avant garde raw black metal project between myself and Rob bekic. It started as me just messing around with really bad recording equipment to see how lofi i could get it. For fun i asked rob( who i have done splits with in the last for his other various bands) if he would provide vocals. We liked the results and decided to continue on. So far we have 3 really rough lofi demos. In time we plan on putting out something more professional. But the raw recording style fits our genre anyway.

12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future? I honestly have no idea..hopefully learning new things maybe picking up new instruments expanding my sound. Maybe starting other projects who knows really.

13.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? For my newer music a lot of post rock ...such as mono (huge influence ) and godspeed and explosions in the sky (another big influence and my biggest influence stars of the lid.

14.What are some of your non musical interests? Animals , watching tv boring shit hahaha i work 2 jobs so don't have much time for much i guess aside from art my interests are just trying to keep myself from having  a panic attack and trying to find as much joy in the little things as possible.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for your interest and your time it's much appreciate cheers. - jp

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