Interview with mastermind, shouter and guitarist Leo regarding the brand new album „Colloapse“.
Interview: Dennis Rowehl
entertaim.net: Hi Leo, you guys have just released your 2nd album „Collapse“. At the beginning I thought it was a new Strapping Young Lad album …
Leo: Whoa, thanks for the compliment!
entertaim.net: What are your favourite musicians?
Leo: Well, Devin Townsend is on obvious favourite of mine. I’m more into the more „Modern“ forms of Metal, bands like Strapping Young Lad, Mnemic, Scar Symmetry, Meshuggah, Monuments, Skyharbor etc. Those are the kind of influences that I bring into the band. Joachim is into bands like Neurosis, Isis and Cult of Luna, where as Erik is more into Old-School death metal and Dino loves Opeth. All those influences combine into a strange miasma which we then try and turn into songs.
entertaim.net: You released your album without a label/record company. Why? And do you have a digital and physical distribution yet?
Leo: It’s all pretty much D.I.Y. at this point. Though there have been a few offers here and there. I think at this point in time that it’s not absolutely essential to be signed to a record company. The internet has on some levels taken out the middle man when it comes to music distribution. If people want our music then they can just go to http://www.deus-exe.com or our bandcamp page and buy it from us directly.
entertaim.net: You played at the Euroblast Festival in Cologne which was a big success. Have you already booked more shows?
Leo: We’ve got some more shows in the planning stage and putting some moves into getting on a few tours but that’s still hush hush right now. If anyone wants to get in contact with us about book show they should just shoot an E-Mail to email@example.com.
entertaim.net: It’s definitely hard for small bands in a small genre like Cyber Metal. What are you doing to promote yourself?
Leo: We are very open to new forms of communication and are obviously on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. I mean who isn’t? Apart from Joachim that is. Though I am still trying to convince him into joining Facebook, he’s the Luddite of the band. This is where the internet becomes a double-edged sword: On the one hand you have direct contact to the people interested in you music but on the other hand everyone and their dog has a band page on Facebook, so it becomes harder to stand out from the crowd.
entertaim.net: You’re from Australia. have ever thought about playing in Down Under yet?
Leo: We’d love to play in Australia, it’s just that getting there is so damn expensive. We’re defiantly open to offers though. I’d actually love to play a show in Bali where my parents now live (my dad is from Bali). There’s a really healthy metal scene there and some of the musicians there will make you want to give up playing your instruments.
entertaim.net: Why don’t you have a band picture in the booklet of your new album?
Leo: We didn’t want to scare anyone off with our ugly faces. Joking aside, a band picture, I think, would just have looked out of place. Especially with the fold-out poster booklet.