First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about both of you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, what instruments you can play, and where you live would be pretty standard?
I go by Raef. That is my usual music name. I have gone by others, but Raef is Nightmare Noise Machine. I started off playing drums back in the day. Just got on them and knew how to play. I get really bored doing the same thing over and over so wound up playing with electronics and guitars as well. Just did it because I wanted too.
How do you enjoy where you live? Is their a vibrant music community for you to indulge? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?
I actually live in a pretty boring part of So Cal. To find anything interesting, you have to drive to LA or San Diego. I have been here for almost eight years. Was a bit of a shock that coming here from Denver. There were more things happening in Denver. You can find things here in California but it will cost a lot of money to get to it.
When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself? What led you to electronic music, particularly the heavier kinds of it? Is electronic music where you started making music? Or did you have previous musical background or experience before hand?
Most of everything I have been into is mostly underground. Growing up into punk and metal, I was really into the counter-culture part of it all. I was getting tired of music in a lot of ways till the “Industrial Revolution”. All the Chicago Waxtrax stuff was kicking off and more stuff from Europe was getting easier to get your hands on. That really kicked off my obsession with electronics. Then I was living in Germany and England, and it has been in the blood ever since. I really miss Germany!
What would you say are your favorite themes and topics to write about? What draws you to those themes?
I tend to be driven by anger and frustration. The music allows me to vent and get out crap that drives me nuts. Or to tell a story about issues I don’t have but know others have dealt with. Like suicide or really horre