First I just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. With this interview let's just start with a bit about yourself. Where are you from, how old are you, and how long have you been making music for? Hello, I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia and have lived all over the United States from Montana, Florida, New Jersey and more. I guess you could call me a gypsy. I am very ancient in age hehe. I have been making music for over 20+ years. Industrial music is built on the principle of of experimentation and sound design. I can tell within your music, even though you have continued with the modern approach of incorporation song structure and melody, you still take to heart the core approach. How would your describe your sonic evolution from your first songs to what is now going to be your debut album? Komplex Machinery is a project in it's infancy. I wanted to come up with a sound that was un apologetic while keeping the production value high. My musical tastes are extremely varied which helps the sound.
What would you say are your favorite themes and topics to write about? What draws you to those themes?
I created Komplex Machinery out of many different themes. From human experience, depression, horror, rage and of course political. There are so many things wrong especially in America that need to be voiced. It makes since to also You have a debut album coming out. You have obviously put a lot of time and effort into it. Is there a theme or message to your upcoming album, or is it simply a testament to your creativity? Is there anything in particular you want to say about your record before it's released? Was there any funny or unique stories you wish to share about it's inception?
The inception of this record started back in 2015. I purposley let myself over the edge to create something out of the ordinary. Consuming myself for months in horror movies such as work's by Fulci and Dario Argento. The music I listen to ranges from progressive hardrock horror group Goblin, Fabio Frizzi to industrial like Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, Chemlab, Numb. 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? What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your musical career?
I think being in the music industry for years has given me an advantage to my career. I have been in a handful of bands from the past one being an industrial band Man and Machines. My experiences of pain and anguish of the last five years will be felt on this record.
What influences would you say played the greatest roles in your musical journey? Are there any bands that were essential to you inspirationally finding and developing your own sound?
For life influences I would say loss and anger is a major influence. The bands I find inspirational Skinny Puppy, Numb, Nine Inch Nails, Chemlab and so many others. I have developed the sound
of Komplex Machinery by incorporating all my experiences into one place.
What sort of influences outside of your primary artistic expression help move or guide your artistic expression? I've often heard from musicians that their mundane jobs or family lives often provide a unexpected platform for inspiration.
One of the things that inspires me is the sudden era of new industrial bands such as 3Teeth and Youth Code. These bands have never road a bandwagon in my opinion and are breaking into new areas like never before. I find that the world is so fucked up that I don't find a shortage of inspiration to write with.
When you write music there is a lot of trial and error. Would you consider yourself a person who goes into production with a defined sound in mind, and you work at it until you achieve the closest to the results in your head? Or would you consider yourself more of a person who feels and grooves music, letting songs progressively evolve and define themselves throughout the creation?
The sound of Komplex Machinery is more of a science of trail and error. I want to have basses where basses usually are not, leads that have never been done with a synth. Guitars that have been twisted into a truly brutal sound.
Are there any techniques or methods you use to make your diverse sound cohesive? What sort of instruments and effects, real or digital, would you consider to be essential to your creative potential? Great question! I use a multitude of software and hardware gear to obtain the sound for Komplex Machinery. I am a heavy user of Ableton Live, iZotope Products, Roland synths, Korg and Novation. I like to have a good mix of hardware and software to keep me interested in the music creation process.
Do you ever find it difficult to balance the creative and technical aspects of musical creation? How do you strike the balance for the need to craft and tweak your effects and sounds, in contrast to actually just getting the song itself created with structure and melody? What sort of element of creation do you prefer, the sonic shaping or the song creation? Well this is another very good question. I feel that since I have so many years of experience, I can conentrate a lot more on the Social Media promotion of the music. When creativity strikes are use what works out of my crazy arsenal of ideas.
There are effects which I use to create an atmosphere of industrial horror. Other than what you currently produce, what other sorts of genres, instruments, and sounds would you like to use in the future? Do you have any other musical projects that you are involved with, or do you have any other musicians or artists that you collaborate with in some capacity? I am currently involved with a side project called "Glitch Basterd" with a fellow college. This project with have some surprises in it as well as vocals. Are there any people you would like to collaborate with in the future artistically, musically, or socially? If you could collaborate with any musician or artist, dead or alive, who would it be? And what in particular draws you to want to collaborate with them? I wouldn't mind collaborating with 3teeth in some way or fashion. I think some remixes would be good for this. Thank you so much for participating in this episode of Infidel Interview. Any parting words for your fans, or my audience? Stay tuned for more from Komplex Machinery. We will be have a handful of singles released later this year and early 2017 and then a tour will be planned accordingly. Stay Dark! Richard, Komplex Machinery
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