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 you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?
Hello, I'm Erie Loch, lead singer and songwriter for Wiccid. Wiccid consists of myself and Crash MF on keyboards and backing vocals. We both live in Sacramento, California. We're both 48 years old currently.
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?
There WAS a vibrant music scene here about 15 years ago, and Crash and I were a BIG part of it. We used to both be in a band called LUXT, which was arguably the biggest band in this city for a while. Currently, this city has undergone a massive gentrification, and is still morphing in to something new. The scene has definitely suffered, but there is still an underground here. It's just much smaller than it once was.
What does Wiccid mean to you guys in 2017? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed?
Wiccid is exactly what we wanted it to be. Futuristic, melodic, hooky as hell and great dance music. That's why we called the album "By Design".
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What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?
Currently, we're working on music videos for ALL of the songs on the album. Then, I'm sure, we'll put out another album. And so on. :)
Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What is your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?
Well, we weren't trying to be part of one, but it kind of happened anyway. Wiccid can definitely fit into the futurepop/electro-industrial synthpop genres. I'm not sure that the people who help mold those genres were trying to start a genre, just doing what we did, wrote the kind of music they'd like to hear.
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?
Absolutely. It has shaped my entire life. When I was 13, I told my mother that I wanted to make music my whole life, even if it meant I lived in poverty. Mission accomplished! Hahahah!
What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?
For this project, the future, and science fiction had a lot to do with it. Writing from a speculative perspective about life in the future.