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?
HELLo! Pleasure is on my side! My name is Alex(33), i ’m a vocalist and main producer from a Czech cyberpunk (EBM/Crust) band called Plague Called Humanity.
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 am from Brno, the capital city of the southern part of the Czech Republic. I'm really in love it here, there are many cultural events and a lot of venues and concerts. But I can't say that the scene influences us. We aren’t part of any scene, because its very hard to enlist our music to a specific genre. The Czech industrial scene is very dogmatic and hardly accepts new and different directions in music. Compared to that of the crust/hc /diy scene which is very strong, but not very open to the electronics influences in our music. But over there we have fun from both scenes and we are very proud that our music can connect people together.
What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Industrial music scene?
As I say before, we aren’t a typical industrial band. Our music have influences from dark hardcore mixed with catchy EBM beats and with a little bit of gothic music. For industrial fans we are to hardcore and for fans of guitar music we are to electronic…this is a price for the originality. What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?
Life, freedom, dependence on social sites and the corruption of the word. I just want to say what's wrong with this word and what wrong is on us. Interview continues after this video and all further streaming content...
Industrial and Attitude seem to go hand in hand. With global war, civil unrest, injustice, and political revolution being primary musical themes that dominate your music, how do you feel nowadays about the current state of world affairs?
Especially my lyrics draws from the things that happen around me. Nowadays everything is falling into the darkness and the world is turning us into assholes. We are surrounded by wars, social differences, insularity and abandonment, our feelings and lives are lost in cyber space. This is main themes of our EP „Disconnection“. What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?
We are now in creative progress of creating of a new (still unnamed) album. As the band, we are moving forward and don't want to stay on one place. 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?
Believe or not, I really don't know. At the very young age, I had a great interest in music (but only as a passive listener who has blowning through everything that is interesting and looking for new directions). When I was 16 I started at hardcore/punk band as manager and song writer, but after few months I switched to (though I did not want to) a singer instead. After this first band I had several small local bands. When it comes to your musical self and your real-world self, would you say that there 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?
Those two worlds are completely different, but it affects each others. I could say that it's something like „secret life of superhero“ :D But yes, both worlds are irritating.
Are you musically self-taught? Or have you had mentors along the way to help you develop?
Nope, just self-thoughtfulness. When it comes to composing music, do you approach things with a clear vision in mind, or do you prefer to let songs feel themselves out? Do you have any particular techniques or tricks you use to keep yourself creative and consistent?
At first of all I want to say that we are a band, we make music together. We let our creativity free, everything has to come out of the heart. At the start we have something like a basic idea. Someone puts the first brick, and others put another…and together we made a tower of Babel :D
When it comes to making music it can be difficult to balance atmosphere, song progression, musicality, and excitement. Do you have any tricks, techniques, or methods that you commonly