Exclusive Interview with ESIE

ESIE, Japan electro industrial pop punk artist. ESIE and Yoshimi, the great combination between model, fashion, and trendy electro industrial musics. From melancholic contemplative ballads to electronic punk. Mixes the beauty cute and electronica touch in fashion and music.  And this is the interview with ESIE.

1.Tell us a short history about ESIE.

I started my fashion model carrier from 15 years old and I won the Nonno magazine Model Grand prix in 2005. I was exclusive model for Nonno magazine until mid 2007. I stopped a while modeling and thinking to start something in music that I really love. That was the moment I just meat my producer Yoshimi. We started to work together with my artist name ESIE from the beginning of 2008.

2. It’s about your music, How to describe your music ?

Mixture of many kind of styles of music. The common background music with Yoshimi was contemporary music. From 12 to 15 years old, I was in a chorus group at school who won the contest for junior high schools in Japan. I learned a lot to sing and about contemporary music at this period. My music sounds likes a punk elctro on the first listening. But you can find that we have some different approach on the harmony between the melod, bass line and chord progression.

The main theme of my music is to express my ambivalent emotion. One of the characteristic is to keep the mood when a song will modulate. You have a kind of instable and strange emotion on the song and its fit very much with the noisy sampled sounds and heavy beat.

3.Some of your fans comparing ESIE with many musician. For an example Bjork, Siouxie, Eurythmics or even Marilyn Manson. Your comment about this ?

Many people especially comparing me with Nina Hagen when I was in France. It was a little bit strange for me that people comparing me with an artist witch I didn’t know. I don’t have particularly thought about, but sometimes it makes me idea on what I’m looks like for peoples. It give me opportunities to discover many artists who I didn’t know like Nina Hargen, Siouxie, Eurythmics etc…I was born in 1988!!

4. I’ve seen your picture and there is sweet sexy black latex cult. Music and costume, how ESIE makes the identity ?  (i’m looking at Marilyn Manson of course :D)

The idea of the black latex catsuit was at the moment we were thinking on the concept of my first single. First, we got the title “Under my skin” and we chain on the idea for the catsuit. It’s like my other skin, so smooth and artificial and minimal. The black latex catsuit has an visual impact and really fit to the concept of the single. I wanted to express my diverse and ambivalent heart squirming in my body. Music and costume has to be an organic fusion for me.

5. I’ve listened to your “Invasion”, why ESIE make this track is free to download ?

Free download is a promotion way but it is a kind of gift. I choose this track because it represents a lot of for my single.

6. Many bands and musician give their song, give their works for free now. Not only one track, i’ve found the band / musician that gives their albums/EP for free. What’s your opinion.

To give a free for a track or a full album depends to their mind. Give a track for free is not ease too. I think people don’t want a track if they don’t like even if it’s free. I think we must thinking on quality in the “free world”. Good quality and free could be cool but if not, it can really have damaged on the image. I think “Free” is also difficult as “sell”.

7. Japan, France, USA, which one makes you addicted most ?

I never been to USA for now and I really want to go there. My tour in France last year was my first time visit and I really loved the country!! I’m now travelling between Paris and Tokyo but it is really difficult to say which is addicted but when I in Tokyo, I want to go to France as soon as possible.

8. In my opinion, Japanesse culture specially electronic music and fashion growing up faster and faster. Fast and Furious’s Tokyo Drift is unforgettable. Till today. Does it means something to ESIE.

I think trends in Tokyo change very fast but I don’t know if it really growing up. We have some features in fashion but not so much in the electronic music. It is really difficult to create a musical scene here in Tokyo, especially in the underground scene. Japan go too fast for the mass and it is sometime difficult to keep the balance of himself.

9. Is there Another side project ?

It’s not a side project but an aim in my modeling work. I decided to retake my modeling activities also and I had a chance to sign with Nathalie Models in Paris. I recently become image model for a girl brand “GHOST OF HARLEM” in Japan and hope to develop my carrier in a world wide scale.

10. What do you think with “the potential musician with strong musical character”

I think the potential of the artist does not related to his “showy” things and depend the way of description for “strong musical character”. I think the difficult thing for artist is our life length. I also try to be creative as long as possible!!

11. Promotion for your works, how important it is and how you do the promo.

Promotion is important things and takes the major part of my team’s work. We are doing promotion activities especially on internet with Myspace, Facebook, Youtube etc… It is important not only in the way “TO SELL” but I learned a lot doing communication on the internet with many people around the world and I found always interesting artists and music.

12. Last word for the reader ?

I’m now recording my first album and I hope to be able to release in mid October or at latest in November 2010!!

For now, please find my first single “behind my skin” on iTunes!!!


Download the Invasion for free

Interview with Defiant

DEFIANT was originally formed 2005 in Pozega, Croatia, by Beretz(guitars,vox) & Kris(guitars). With much musical experience from the past they began writing material with lots of melodies, harmonies and dark lyrics. The main idea from the beginning was to play melodic death metal with Swedish influences. When Bole(bass) and File(drums)joined the band, line-up was finished. Defiant have developed their own and more commercial form of Death metal with groovy rhythms, melodic riffs, well played guitar solos and an aggressive vocal in focus. After lot of concerts and festivals, played with high-energy performance, the band made their debut album”The End of Beginning”in the autumn 2006

1. Would you like to tell us about croatian death metal / underground music scene ?
There is a scene with too many bands,but only 5-6 bands are make the scene,because there is no interest in metal like in other european countries…
2. 2006 to 2010, why it takes a long time to build a new album ?
Well,we have a Promo in 2008,so it’s not a very long time to keep busy our fans to wait our second album in 2010.And there was some changes in the band,because we need very good drummer on this new album so we cancel many gigs this year
so we can go in Studio to record some new songs  in a way that should be….metal.

3. Working on a new recording, could you tell us just little bit about new material ?
There will be some real old school melodies with some new sound of death metal.
4.Defiant call their self, “Croatian metal with swedish style”, tell us your favourite

Of course,But some old stuff like,At The Gates,In Flames,Dismember,Dark Tranquillity….
5. For selling point, and popularity or some other reason, some of musician or band covering the other band song. What do you think about that ?
Well,they cover for some own reason,if they think that ‘s OK i don’t have to say anything:D
6. If you could tour with one band, past or present, who would it be and why?
I think that could be Metallica or Slayer,because they are the names for themselves today…
7. City to city or world tour. Which one from your live performance you experienced that means much to the band.
World tour is the best,but it’s great to travel city to city of course…:D
8. Any pre-show rituals?
Drink some beers…a lot of beers…and smoke some weed…
9. What’s your opinion abut the music charts now, with the amount of manufactured boy/girl bands that seem to dominate it?
i don’t track this shit …
10. From the beginning until now, what made Defiant still focus on this genre. How does the music make you feel when you’re producing, performing, or listening to it?
It was hard work but we still could produce a nice death metal sound with a nice melodies…we give a high hope to this feelings:D
11.Your message to the metal fans ?
Keep it metal,it’s all you’ve got at the end….

Interview with Mouse Trap – (USA)

This band originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. They play hardcore/metalcore/screamo. They are young and talented. And this is the Interview with the band.

1. Hello to mousetrap Please tell us your biography. Because there is just a limited info about your band.

Well, were called Mouse Trap! because of the infamous board game that we all played when we were younger. We started out as an alt rock band that sounded like Puddle of Mudd mixed with System Of a Down. then i went to a Silverstein show. “A Day to Remember” and “The Devil Wears Prada” opened for them and i was stunned. i knew i had to play hardcore after that. weve gone through many names. 6 including mouse trap!.

weve been:
a moments notice
there’s a way
for the forgotten
to the forgotten
and finally… mouse trap!

but other than that, were just a couple of suburban kids that love creating heavy music.

2. What happen to your guitarist ? and what’s the effects to the band ?

were starting fresh with a newer, permanent lineup. im not giving away any details but lets just say its going to be intense well we try to keep a steady 3 day band practice week. with his baseball and other stuff, he couldnt find time. he’s leaving on good terms and he remains very close. The effects? well it gave me the idea to just do vocals and to find new musicians

3. How do you write your music ?

Thats a hard question hahaha. i guess i just turn on the amp and play until i find something i like. then i try to make a good song out of it

4. Your Lyrics. What is all about ?

This is going to sound so cliche… mainly women. you don’t even know how those preppy chicks make you think they like you and then drop the bomb hahah. i guess i have to thank them for the writing inspiration. sometimes though i do write happy lyrics. this is because i think bands like “for today” or “underoath” are visionary with their christian, pretty lyrics, and they manage to make it sound so br00t4l hahah.

5. I’ve seen some band with hardcore/metalcore/screamo, and they looks similar one to another. and now this genre becomes trend in the metal world. What do you think about this ?

i disagree. i think they are 2 totally different genres. its not a good or bad thing. its just 2 different scenes. if you go to a show with like “liferuiner”, “maesion”, and “remember thy name”, its going to be a lot different than a show with like “lamb of god”.
and honestly, i think some metal bands sell out to the hxc scene because its more popular right now and they want money.

6. And what makes this band different than the other hardcore/screamo band ?

our musical backround. were so young that were influenced by other hardcore/screamo/metalcore bands. were listening to that and were trying to take it to the next level. were not there yet but i plan to be.

7. Studio or the stage. Which one is the best for you ?

hands down stage. live shows are the greatest thing in the history of the world! when people hardcore dance or mosh to our music, its the best compliment we can receive. im not saying people listening to m.t! isnt, i just think its more personal since theyre at a show.

8. Becomes commercial band or becomes indie band. Which one you choose and give us a reason.

indie. indie labels wouldnt force you to like change your style because a certain one doesn’t pay as much. and i dont think anyone could get screwed with an indie label.

9. With your demo. What would you like to achieve with your music?

were trying to get our music out in the open with this demo. just to give people a taste of what we sound like. so we get like our first little fan base. later on this year were recording a full length thats going to be for real! that should boost the musicianship and the popularity.

10. How important is it to you to stay close to your fans?

the only rule in the rule book, and that is ELE. everybody love everybody(will ferrell quote) hahahaha. but seriously, if you dont love, interact, and update your fans, you get nowhere in the music biz.

11. What are the best and worst things about being in a band?

really hard question. i love playing shows for people. just the energy in general is amazing. all of it what i dont like? waking up at a certain time and having to be strict and organized hahah.

12. With your experience. How the technology helps the musician ?

myspace is the most revolutionary thing in music since recording. hahaha without it, many bands would never be heard

13. Message to the metal band fans around the world ?

moshers leave the hardcore dancers alone hahah. its more skilled, and hurts more hahah.

Mouse Trap @ Myspace

This post originally made for Indiejember dot org.

Interview with A Loathing Requiem

A Loathing Requiem adalah sebuah “One Man Project” band. Dibuat oleh MALCOLM PUGH, yang berasal dari Nashville, Tennessee, Amerika. dan beraliran Death Metal. Terinspirasi oleh band-band seperti Necrophagist, Arsis, Nevermore, Racer X, Cacophony. Dengan permainan gitar yang demikian dahsyat, dan pengaruh Muhammad Suicmez, Paul Gilbert, Chuck Schuldiner yang  juga menjadi inspirasinya, musik yang dibuat dan dibawakan oleh A Loathing Requiem ini menjadi kelihatan berbobot. Malcom bermain juga untuk band Inferi dan Diskreet. Berikut ini adalah Interview dengan Malcolm Pugh, A Loathing Requiem.

Please tell us how you started the “one man band” project?
Um, lets see. When I first come up with A LOATHING REQUIEM, I was trying to do something that wasn’t Melodic Death metal.
At the time it was just a fun way for me to get drunk and write brutal riffs.

Did you have a band before finally becoming one man band?
A LOATHING REQUIEM never had other members. Although, i still play in INFERI (Tribunal Records) from Nashville and I also play with DISKREET (Siege of Amida Records), from Topeka, Kansas.

Inside the band (group) and work alone in this project. Which one is the best for you? And what’s the main reason?
I love the freedom of working by myself. I’m an only child, so I think its natural for me to feel that way. At the same time, there is nothing better than having a few beers and jamming out with a band. That’s where true musical awesomeness comes from.

One man band. What is your recipe to start the project. Creativity and technology or something else?
Both. I think technology has helped me evolve as a musician. A LOATHING REQUIEM gives me a musical freedom I’ve never had before. So, I’m really stoked with being able to come up with anything I’d like to and run with it. Its very liberating for me.

Your songs, your lyrics, what’s inside them. I mean, What makes you write the song and what’s your lyrics about? What’s your process for writing your music?
Well that is a great question. Lyrically I sway between topics and content. I’m currently working on completing an record entitled “PREMONITIONS OF THE SOURCE” and I plan on focusing on things such as war and religion. But, I do have a few songs that will have some fantasy based lyrics. Basically I want to express myself on many platforms. The music is a different beast. When I write music, no matter what it may be, I want it to have texture. Sometimes I write it on paper before it gets recorded and sometimes I come up with a riff on accident, then write a song based on that. The ultimate goal for me is to have people go on a mental roller coaster ride, but not vomit because its too crazy and technical. I want to make music for metal heads… not just musicians.

From your information, you’ll be held on tour with some metal band. Is that any problem making performance in the stage. I need to ask this because you are the death metal one man band, I’ve ever know.
No. I have no problems between tours and any other projects I have going on. The only problems I’ve ever ran into, where with personal relationships. That is and always will be a struggle for serious musicians. There is no gold without sacrifice!

Your guitar playing is great. What is your musical background. Is that autodidact or with formal music education?
Thanks a lot! I actually have NEVER had any form of formal training. Everything I know about guitar and music is self taught and self gained knowledge. I plan on taking on some professional training someday. I think it would help my playing a lot.

From your list of the band or musician who influenced your music. There’s Muhammad Suicmez, Chuck Schuldiner, and Paul Gilbert. Which are your favorite tracks/song from that musician that really influenced you much?
That’s a tough fucking question, but off of the top of my head we have…
Necrophagist – Ignominious and Pale.
Some of the most genius riffs I’ve ever heard. PERIOD!

Death – Spirit Crusher.
For 1998… absolutely ahead of the times. A lot of metal bands would kill to have a composer like Chuck.

Paul Gilbert – The Curse of Castle Dragon
Its just flat out incredible!

If there’s a time for you, which song from your influence you’d like to cover?
There are so many songs I’d love to cover, but I have a huge fear covering songs. I don’t think I could replicate my favorite songs with the same original conviction that the original artist had when it was recorded. At that point, I’d rather keep trying to create than re-create.

Now the internet social networking service like myspace, friendster or facebook is growing up faster and faster. What does it mean to your musical progress and career? Does every musician have to join that social networking service?
Well, for me personally. Myspace in particular has helped me network with bands and musicians from all over the globe. At the same time I think the internet is bitter sweet when it comes to music. On one hand it gets your music out there, but on the other hand its saturated with so many bands (good and bad) trying to get their music out there, its hard for people to take you seriously. I think these days the Internet is necessary in order to deal with other competing bands. Like I said, ” bitter sweet”.

What’s your message to them who become “one man band” too, and all of death metal lover?
Well for anyone wanting to do a “one man band” I suggest listening to Mirrorthrone, Unholy Matrimony and Weeping Birth. All three are created by Vladimir Cochet. He is my hero when it comes down to one person creating and composing music without other peoples influence. And to death metal lovers… All I can say is, drink beers!