Infidel Interview #118: Covered Faces


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?

Covered Faces is the Electronica-industrial-Instrumental project of the musician, programmer and producer of Bilbao Pablo Lázaro Vidal (a.k.a "Peibol )

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?

Here, the music is very alive and it is very varied, it has always been especially in the suburbs. Musically is not that inspire me much though, but there is a punk group, afterpunk, electro Punk (The Butchers of the North, Post Morten Ejaculation, Munlet) that they have a great attitude and they do great, that really gets my attention.

They make their concerts fun. To be creative I do not need a local scene, with my musical and literary influences I already have the head in the clouds. All that if it is shares with good company and a cold beer makes the muses come for good or bad. Although I would like to be more industrial electronic scene here.

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

I hope they are not too separated from each other. I do not think all Covered Faces albums are industrial music. The truth is that I do not think of a musical label when I'm going to start a song, that would limit me a lot. The thing is to have fun with the synthesizers and see where they take me. I try that in each album the songs have a sense and they are within a same style, for it, many times I have to undo or save those that do not understand each other.

What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?

This question is almost answered with the following one. But even though all those themes can inspire me, I can not translate them into words within the song because I do not usually use voices, there are no lyrics. Yes, I have worked on some occasion with some singers because the song needed it. (Jessica White by Violet Tremors and Sophie Nadaud by Madame B)

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?

It seems that every time we care less about everything. I see myself feeling more and more angry. We are getting used to it. This seems to have no limit.

There is lot of claims and signatures on the internet but on the street you do not see much movement. Everyone does their own thing here. It's sad. And among those who govern there is no dialogue. I am more sensitive to animal abuse, they can not defend themselves but we can, although we don`t do anything. We need to reset.

What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?

My near and distant future I think will be very similar to the current one. Keep locking myself in the studio five days a week for 3 hours a day with synthesizers, drum machines and effects. Actually I do not believe in the muses, only in the daily work. In this way, I can have an album to present every year. Stephen King was asked in an interview how he was able to publish three books a year , Where did he get inspiration. He answered, "Improvising for 8 hours a day in front of his desk."

When you first started making music, was there ant sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself?

I started playing the bass with 14 years very influenced by the Punk that was almost the only thing I heard, my musical obsession was knowing how to play all the