First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about yourself to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, what instruments you can play, and where you live would be pretty standard?
My name is Thom Campbell (vocals, programming, percussion, samples and synths). I use a couple hardware sequencers and a synth to make music. I’m 31 and live in Guelph, Ontario.
Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically?
Making music is very cathartic. It has also put me into contact with a lot of really awesome people with similar interests and passion for music.
What would you say would be your short term and long term goals for your musical career?
Goals for the project are fairly simple: continue writing, producing and performing music. My only intention when I started the project last summer was to make heavy Industrial music that I dig. It’s really inspiring that other people dig it as well. The plan is to keep making music, keep trying to improve my skills and see what happens.
What would you say are your favorite themes and topics to write about? What draws you to those themes?
Mangled Meat lurks in the seedy underside of the human condition and the characteristics of our species that we prefer to disavow. Most tracks are about the destructive effects of human activity on other species, nature and other human beings. As the name suggests, the body as meat and cadaverized flesh is a main theme. Other themes and topics include: torture, terrorism, the projection of distinctively human characteristics onto other species, blind faith in technology and the cadaverizing effect of language on the body. Historical evidence of the destructive and deluded self-image of our species along with the current state of discontent in the world drags me into this filthy abyss. That and perhaps my mind is already a filthy abyss.
You have a new release entitled "Taste Test Vol. 2" that you released at the beginning of this month. You have obviously worked hard and long to compile this EP. Is there anything in particular that you would like to mention about this new masterpiece?
Thank you; I’m humbled by your kind words. Working with two sequencers on this EP (the first Taste Test EP was composed on one) opened up a lot more possibilities. There are definitely more synth parts on this EP. It’s still very rhythmically driven, but synths take more of a central role. There is more of a late 80s/early 90s Electro-Industrial vibe to Taste Test II than my previous work as a result.
One of the tracks on your album specifically focuses on the genocide committed by the Canadian government against the Native Americans. What inspired you to address this subject, and is it a personal one for you?
The acts of the RCMP and Canadian government against the Indigenous people of Canada (especially removing kidnapping children from their homes and putting them in Residential Schools where many died and many more were abused, experimented on, etc.) continues to shape the culture here today. It is a brutal fact that Canadians must take a stance on in some way, even if it is to turn our backs and ignore it. Unfortunately this often seems to be the response. It’s not a personal subject as much as it is a political and ethical one that demands attention, serious thought and action.
History and philosophy, the intellectual pursuits, have been something important to you. You are currently studying for your Ph.D. in Philosophy at the moment. Do you find it difficult at times to balance you creative efforts and studies?
The project actually started as a way to focus creative energy on something other than my studies, since it is such an al