Infidel Interview #93: Famine Harvest


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 you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

I go by r_wilhelm, from Seattle Washington, a little history, I was in And Christ Wept from 1992-1997, Fockewolf 1997-2001, Backandtotheleft 2001-2006. In 2013 I put out a Cd under the name Where The Sun Is Silent, which is a side project, I started Famine Harvest in 2014. In there I have been a live member of several band, Noxious Emotion, Tau Factor, filled for Glis for a few shows and some others. How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

I love living here but lately Amazon has been bulldozing a large section of the city, along with some venues. There are some established artists who live here, Assemblage 23, God Module, the guitar players for KMFDM still live here and there are always new project starting up. As far as influencing what I do yes and no. The sound of the project would be no, but the fact that people still go out and create does inspire me to do the same.

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?

I would say my biggest influence is Skinny Puppy, they always change up their sound from cd to cd, they put out a Cd every year for 7 years and they all sound different. For this project I drew influences from God Flesh and Jesu, I am a fan of most of Justin Broadrick's work. Also drew from Celtic Frost and Tryptikon. I would add in Deafheaven, Alter of Plagues and Bitcrush.

What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Industrial music scene?

I think "industrial" has become too much club music even Terror EBM is still dance music with distortion. I started Famine Harvest to have the attitude of an extreme metal band but done on electronics, what would a metal band do if they could not use any guitars? Add in other influences such as witch house and post metal bands, I ended up with a project that doesn't sound like anyone else Outside of Industrial music, what other genres could you see yourself composing music in? Or should I say, do you see yourself inspired by?

I do play guitar so I would probably do a metal band but mix it with shoegaze and dreampop. You have a brand new album that 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? How was the production of the album like compared to previous albums?

I just released an EP Sturmfeld, this was recorded 2 years ago and kinda got lost in the shuffle. No overall theme to it other than I did buy some new gear and used it in the initial composition . With every release I do try to change the gear I use a bit, just to change the sound up. I do try to expand my skills and used that knowledge on every new recording. The cd before, Hollenfeuer, was a bit more focused.

What do you see for your future plans now that the album is released?

I just sat a went through a bunch of older and a few newer tracks that I think will form the core of the next CD. I am shooting for a late 2018 release date.

I have not performed live with this project, I am still debating doing that for a bunch of reasons. When it comes to your musical self and your real world self, would you say that their is a separation? Do you find yourself getting into a character or mindset when you create, or do you find your music is a representation of your day to day self?

I do find it a reflection of who I am, I think it gives a stronger product in the end, though I do like to explore topics from