Infidel Interview #140: Code : Red Core


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?

My name is Rodrigo Albuquerque also known as Ycarus Red Core and I have 27 (really 27 haha). I am living currently in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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?

São paulo is a fascinating city, the birthplace of many cultures and social movements.The underground scene is strong as we talk about the gothic and the "80's vibe", but I believe there is still a lot of space for new genres and different movements, but the lack of opportunities/dedicated events makes me have less focus on the local scene.

What does Code: Red Core mean to you guys in 2018? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed?

"Overcoming", I believe that it is the word that will best define everything that I am experiencing in 2018, different from the other years, finally I can dedicate myself completely to the project. When you're a "one-man band" it's very hard to handle everything alone, at the same time that it is also good to feel the freedom to decide the way forward. The project now is currently more mature and robust, have an Identity.

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

It's really hard to predict or plan anything far, especially when you have many ideas. For now my focus is on the upcoming album "Por Nossa Nobre Decadencia", I still do not have a release date but I hope it will be later this year.

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?

EBM of course, however, I like to dare and travel among many strands. The Harsh EBM really excites me, the power and the presence of the bass and drums drive me crazy, but I like make something different with that, putting a bit of "drama". The entire genre gives us the freedom to dare and try something different and new inside his scene.

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?

It started out as a hobby, I never imagined going that far, and it has now become my life so, it's really changed everything.haha. 90% of my creativity comes from my emotional side, the music just give to me a push to let it...out.

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

Themes like feelings, tragedies, mental illnesses, the future and the past, illusions, lost dreams... really inspired me, mainly because I identify myself with them.

So much has been said, and it sometimes feel that every word combination has every been taken. As a lyricist myself I know the pain of how hard it can be to articulate something in a way that is both engaging to the audience and uniquely artist. How do you find inspiration for your lyrical poetry?

In my own heart, I like to put my feelings in each lyric, masking everything I feel in unusual themes,"Neon Paradise" from "Estado inconsistente" (2015-2016) is a good example because it does not address a post apocalyptic theme, it actually talks about the most serious state of my depression and the Paradise of Neon is my hope, and in the track, she is falling. Every lyrics and every work I do has deep stories behind, my histories.

What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

Certainly Blutengel and Aktivehate, are my biggest musical inspirations, this both bands influenced me and inspired to start working and make my own music.