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21 apr. 2021

Interview met InfraDEAD

Ik voel mij enorm vereerd om dit nieuwe interview met InfraDEAD.  Twee broers, die naast hun extreem drukke agenda´s, geweldige muziek maken en waar we nog meer van gaan horen dit jaar en in 2022. De combinatie van synth en rock/metal is een lust voor de oren. Luister maar snel naar hun gave singles. Maar eerst een kennismaking met deze heren. Tijd voor een interview! 

I feel very honored to have this new interview with InfraDEAD. Two brothers, who make great music in addition to their extremely busy schedules and which we will hear more of this year and in 2022. The combination of synth and rock / metal is a feast for the ears. Just listen to their cool singles. But first an introduction to these gentlemen. Time for an interview!

InfraDEAD

Hey guys, can you please introduce yourself?
We are infraDEAD! A two-man musical project out of New Jersey. My brother and I have been metal-heads since we were teens, but in recent years we fell in love with the synthwave/retrowave community and culture. We wanted to create music that bridged the two genera's together and create our own unique soundscape. Ultimately, our goal is to break down the divide between genera's and bring folks with different musical tastes together! Hence, infraDEAD was born!

How would you like to describe your style of music?
If we had to classify ourselves simply by using a single descriptor I would say we are synth-rock or synth-metal. However, I find it hard to accurately classify our music as we pull inspiration from so many different genres and musical avenues. We strive toward creating a musical fusion that showcases and highlights the best of all musical elements, while also maintaining our vision and atmosphere.

We know that being so diverse and sonically amorphous can be a risky proposition in the industry, but we feel it's the only way to branch out and truly create something unique and original in today's musical climate.


Last year you released three excellent singles: SACRED TONGUE, ACIDULATE and ANGST. What are your plans for this year?
We had originally planned to have an LP (that we started work on in early 2020) completed and released by mid-year 2021. However, ever since the pandemic hit in full-effect we had to make some tough decisions that resulted in us both being tied up with work or school for 50 - 60 hours per week. It has become increasingly difficult to find time where our schedules both align.

Our previously planned LP has a solid theme and story behind it. It's meant to take the listener through a series of circumstances and lead them to a place of self-reflection and introspection. We want to execute our vision with as much polish and precision as possible. Rather than rushing to completion, we have made the decision to temporarily move it to the back burner and release it when we have ample time to work on it. We want to truly be satisfied with the end result and give the listener and emotional experience like none-other. With that being said, we hope to have the LP released sometime in 2022.

Don't get me wrong, we are still diligently working on our music in our free time and have a new plan-of-attack! Currently, we are working on releasing two themed singles that are aimed toward Bandcamp charity compilations, releasing in May of this year. Beyond that, we are also planning on releasing an all-instrumental EP that showcases a more traditional synthwave style (but with our own musical twist, of course)!


What are your musical influences?
We have acquired so many musical influences over the years it's hard to find a starting place or to list them all. I'm sure there are a lot of omissions, but here are a bunch (in no particular order or level of influence):

Industrial/Gothic/Nu-Metal: Fear Factory, Static-X, Korn, Sentenced, Moonspell, Sybreed, In Flames, KMFDM, Amorphis, Gravity Kills, Deftones, Rammstein
Black/Death Metal: Immortal, Dark Funeral, Nokturn Mortum, Styrocon, Enthroned, Before the Dawn, Emperor
Melodic/Power Metal: Sonata Arctica, Symphony X, Architects, Nightwish, Epica, Scar Symmetry, Kamelot, Insomnium, Dark Tranquility Dungeon Synth: Mortiss, Summoning, WongRaven, Burzum, Caladan Brood, Moonsorrow
Progressive/Djent: Intervals, Norvik, Sith Aye, Plini, Tool, Erra
Shoegaze/Doom/Psychedelic: Verma, Wooden Shjips, True Widow, OM, Sleep, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Isan, White Shapes, Boris
Synthwave/Retrowave/Outrun: Carpenter Brut, Dance With The Dead, The Rain Within, Timecop1983, The Midnight, Kalax, gunship, Perturbator, L'Avenue, Scandroid
Glitch/Chiptunes/Games: VHS Glitch, OSTs (Doom, Ninja Gaiden, Golden Axe, Contra, Binding of Isaac), MisfitChris
80s Rock/Pop: Platinum Blonde, Judas Priest, Oingo Boingo, King Crimson, Journey, Pink Floyd
90s Rock/Pop: Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gin Blossoms, R.E.M., Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Linkin Park, The Killers

Can you tell us what equipment you are using for creating new music?
Windows/PC & Interface Equipment:
- Fruity Loops 20.0+ DAW
- Focusrite 18i20 (1st gen) in conjunction with an Octopre Mkii Dynamic
- i5 6700K paired with a GTX 980TI & 16gb of DDRIII dual-channel ram
- Acer UHD B286HK 4k Display/Monitor
- JBL 306 studio monitors

Instruments:
- ESP LTD MH100 Guitar with Seymore Duncan pickups
- Line 6 POD HD guitar pedal
- Sterling Musicman SUB bass guitar
- Darkglass Microtubes B7K Ultra bass pedal
- Various percussion implements and frankenstein drum kit
- KORG R3 Synthesizer/Midi Controller


How is the synthwave scene in New Jersey?
Aside from the occasional festival or concert held in the tristate area (pre-covid) we really don't have too big of a synthwave scene. I think the synthwave phenomena is something that is spreading like wildfire online, as recording and sharing music has become more prevalent than ever. We find that the synthwave/retrowave culture can also take life outside of the musical element! There are a multitude of artists that are chasing and promoting a certain pleasing aesthetic vibe that is reminiscent of capturing old-school nostalgia bathed in psychedelic, neon-stylized lighting (to say the least). Overall, we find that the synthwave/retrowave culture positively reflects on the past, while still staying grounded in the present, and looking toward the future.

What is your favorite movie of the ´80s and why?
Without hesitation, the answer to this question is undoubtedly, PREDATOR! We've watched this movie more times than I can count. We've watched this movie so much that the VHS tape that we had stopped working! To this day we could probably watch this movie and quote 90% of the lines! Thinking back on it, there is something so special and magical about watching this film at a young age and witnessing this epic, action-packed, sci-fi story unfold!

And finally any last words to the synthwave community?
We knew full well it would be difficult to share our vision starting off from the ground floor. As an independent project, it's always an uphill battle to network and promote your sound, let alone produce quality music. With that being said, we really want to take a moment to thank all the folks that are supporting us and following our musical journey! We strive to learn more and evolve our process and production quality, so we hope you will give us a listen and follow us on our journey. We always love to keep up to date with checking out new and experimental musical innovative ideas. Our participation within the synthwave scene and community from the previous years have been nothing more than delightful, exciting, motivational, and a great stress reliever after a busy day! We just love to see and support all the independent partaking artists in the journey for evolving the synthwave scene together! We would be nowhere if it weren't for this excellent and accepting community. Synthwave is more than just a musical genre!

More is yet to come!

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