Conducted by: J Schizoid
Your new album on DTRASH is called "Wallbreaker", talk to us a
bit about how and when you made it.
A: This album represents my feelings in the last 10 months. Each track has its own story and all together are united in the whole story, that's why all the tracks seem to be similar, with equal times, etc.
J: What is the overall concept & "story" to "Wallbreaker"?
A: I wanted to show on CD my life in the past 10 months. I had some crisis' and the music helped me to express myself and release the anxiety. How I made it? I used the same programs as for "Zone Beyond Reality" (Music Maker, Reason, fruity loops) but for rhythms I used a Roland MC 505 that a friend lent to me. It's a great machine.
J: Do you like Software or Hardware more?
A: I like the combination with both of them. I don't have any hardware on my own. I'm saving money for it.
J: The album seems really pissed off, a lot more hardcore and intense then the last one, whether it's the musical approach, or even the insert or track titles? Why is this?
A: I am a happy person, but with a little anger, my tracks sound more aggressive. I want the next album to be even more hardcore and extreme in all ways.
J: Do you think you'll continue becoming more extreme with each ASURE release?
A: I love extreme music, but I don't know exactly what I'm going to do next. We'll see.
J: When you go to write a track, where do you start? What makes an ASURE song sound like an ASURE song? How long does it take you to write each song.
A: I always start with rhythms. the rhythm is the thing that draws me into the track. When all breakbeats are in place, I add some sounds, vocals, speeches, noises,... when I am making the song, I'm not thinking what specific sound or break or anything else must I put into, for it to come out as an ASURE song.
J: What is your favorite horror movie?
A: Hellraiser II and V, The Thing, Alien4. I don't watch much movies.
J: What's the attraction of the Hellraiser movies? I always liked the Cenobites, they seemed really extreme.
A: I like the chains and nails in the head, and the blood.
J: What do you think is the difference between "Wallbreaker" and your last album "Zone Beyond Reality"?
A: I love breakbeats. In "Wallbreaker" I used them a lot in a different ways. Sounds and breaks are put together better, with much more variety. They are changing more along the whole track. You get more experience with time.
J: What is behind the concept of 12 3:00 minute tracks and 1 4:00 minute track?
A: The first track and the start of second were initially united together. Because I didn't like how it sounded, I decided to put it in two tracks. Unintentionally I cut it at 3 minutes length. From that point on, the second track started. When I finished it, I gave them a listen and I liked the mix between them. Even the second one was 3 min long. Then I got the idea to make the whole album on this concept. After 3 tracks I decided to name the album "Wallbreaker". The funny thing is that the track "Wallbreaker" was made before (right after the first album), but I didn't have a name for it yet. So the song got the name after the album and not opposite like usual. I placed the track "Wallbreaker" in the middle to accent the name of the album. And with 4 minutes length to accent it more. I think I did it very well. I had to make an odd numbers of track to make it symmetrical. Of course, the speed of tracks must be the same.
J: What albums were you listening to during the making of "Wallbreaker"?
A: I haven't listened to much music lately. In my country you can't get CDs of this genre. I mostly downloaded DTRASH music. I listened CONTRA, SCHIZOID, KNAR, DHC MEINHOF, ...Thank you guys for inspiration and support.
J: Does any non electronic stuff inspire your material?
A: Yes. With my friend, sometimes we play African congas drums for example. He plays very good and showed me few loops and he gave me some ideas.
J: What do you think of the use of the amen breakbeat? Is it overused in the digitalhardcore/break/industrial scene? I think you use it a lot, but in a very unique fashion, the rhythms are varied and never let up!
A: It's hard to invent new stuff in these times. In my country, this type of music and it's scenes don't even really exist, so I don't think that it's overused. Maybe in your country is. I use a lot of breakbeats because I like it. I like to play with rhythms, turn them up side down in all possible ways, surprises....
J: And I think that you have a unique way of using the breakbeat. I find that some people have reservations about using the amen break, but if it's done differently and not too repetitively that it can generate some neat sounds.
J: What are your plans from here on, with ASURE?
A: I will still make music, because for me it's 100% pleasure. I am making the third album already, so I hope there will be a place for it on DTRASH like the others.
J: Ooo! What can we expect from ASURE on the 3rd release?
A: Even I don't know yet..