I VACATION IN YOUR HELL EXCLUSIVE: ∆AIMON INTERVIEW + MIX FREE MUTHER FUCKING ESSENTIAL DOWNLOADDDDDDD!!!!!!!

TWO OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, AND MOST ESSENTIAL, RELEASES IN RECENT MEMORY ARE BY THESE TWO BEAUTIFUL MOTHERFUCKERS, WHO GO BY ONE NAME ∆AIMON. BOTH AMEN & THEIR INCREDIBLE NEW RECORD FLATLINER CONTAIN SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL/YEARNING/BRUTAL/INTENSE/SENSUAL/EMOTIONAL MUSIC I’VE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE TO LOSE MYSELF IN. BEYOND FANTASY, BEYOND HAPPINESS, BEYOND DESPAIR YOU’LL FIND THEIR MUSIC IN COMPLETE STILLNESS, IN THIS VACUME MY ENTIRE BEING IS AT THE WHIM OF ITS TIDES AND SHOCKWAVES, SOARING TO EXTREME HIGHS AND LOWS CREATING FLASH STORMS IN BOTH OF MY FUCKING HEMISPHERES, AND WITHIN THE LIFE OF THESE AMAZING SONGS MY PAIN DOES NOT EXIST, AND I EXIST ONLY WITHIN THIS MUSIC. I SUGGEST…NO, I MOTHERFUCKING INSIST YOU OWN BOTH OF THE RELEASES MENTIONED ABOVE, THEY’RE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF YOUR EMOTIONAL SURVIVAL KIT, AS THEY’VE BEEN A CRUCIAL PART OF MINE. I’VE BEEN WAITING QUITE A WHILE TO SAY THiS VERY PHRASE TO YOU: EXCLUSIVE MOTHERFUCKING ∆AIMON MIX fREE DOWNLOAD BITCHES!!! THEY’VE GIVEN ME AN AMAZING INTERVIEW, DIGGING DEEP TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS, GIVING US MORE INSIGHT INTO THIS INCREDIBLE BAND, NOT TO FUCKING MENTION THE BURNT GOLD OF A MIX THEY’VE MADE, PROVIDING YET MORE INSIGHT INTO THEIR AESTHETIC OF SOUND, WITH SOME HUGE ESSENTIAL TRACKS. NOW IS THE TIME, DO YOU WANT TO RIDE WITH THE FUCKING BEST, JOIN ME AND THIS AMAZING BAND AND GETTTTT THIIISSSSS SHITTTTTTTT NOOWWWWWWWW!!!!

FREE DOWNLOAD HERE: EXCLUSIVE IVIYH MIX – ∆AIMON – WEIGH ME DOWN

WEIGH ME DOWN

01 Lorn – Weigh Me Down (Illum Sphere Remix)
02 SØLVE – svovel
03 Calyx & Teebee – Elevate This Sound
04 Struchni – From The Shadows
05 Kryptic Minds – The Talisman
06 oOoOO – No Way Back (Featuring Butterclock)
07 Fifty Grand – Rabid Mastiff
08 Necro Deathmort – Imperial
09 Pinch – Blow Out The Candles
10 Purity Ring – Fineshrine
11 Tombz – Already Dead (Ceremonial Dagger Remix)
12 Monstroso – Supernatural
13 Distorted Memory – Eighth Movement: Temple of the Black Star (BLVCK CEILING MIX)
14 C/∆/T – Past Tns
15 SØLVE – kvikksølv
16 The xx – FICTION (∆AIMON REMIX)

photo credit: Kim Lostroscio (pinkeyefoto.com)

INTERVIEW

Can you tell me a little about recording Flatliner, how was it produced? What your creative process is like?

Brant and Nancy: All the recording and production work for our music is done at our home studio. We try to use a mix of analogue and digital in our production as well as a great deal of sound design… specific elements designed to create appropriate atmosphere for each track, usually aimed towards an oppressive and unsettling ambience. FLATLINER started as an idea for a 7” single that would contain the tracks ‘current’ and ‘FLATLINER’ so the two were written to compliment each other. Later the decision was made to flesh out the release into a proper EP, which gave us the space to write tracks to fit a specific flow. We always try to create a very explicit arrangement even between tracks so the songs were written in a way that the aesthetic of the EP would have the exact build and flow that we were after. Generally our creative process involves coming up with a mood or style that we want to convey that we then build from samples and atmospheric sounds before layering the structured melodies. On songs like Black Cross however, the process worked in reverse with the main piano theme being the central piece that the rest of the composition resulted from. So the creation depends on what the song deserves, but almost always there’s an envisioned aesthetic that dictates the production process.

What were some of the elements that inspired this album, musically or thematically?

Brant and Nancy: For this album we really wanted to focus on the dynamic shared between the two of us. We sort of think of it as our take on a “romantic” album as it’s filled with sentimentally charged atmospheres and sexual tension. Even tracks like CHOKE that come across as pretty bleak are built around a somewhat overwhelming experience. Won’t deny that the title alone is meant to be erotically suggestive of our interests. Otherwise there’s definitely a heavy amount of transcendent and self-empowerment themes relative to the same measures; and as always, we’ve included the usual dose of anima/animus involved in the male/female interaction.

Can you each tell me what your first experiences in bands were like? 

Nancy: I’ve contributed to different music projects since I was in high school, mostly doing vocals. On my own, I used to write songs in a really makeshift way with a keyboard and whatever sequencing software I could get my hands on. I’ve always been interested in music as catharsis, but was generally uncomfortable with recording or performing for the public. ∆AIMON is the first project that I’ve really dedicated myself to and performed live in.

Brant: I’ve been experimenting with sound and composition since forever and have played a long list of instruments in a multitude of bands as well; including a project I currently play bass guitar for. I also had a solo project for awhile that I was using to slowly progress through my influences… trying to find my own unique sound. When I started realizing I had more interest in the avant side of industrial more-so than most of what’s currently popular, and began utilizing slower dynamic sound design and darker aesthetics, it just seemed appropriate to start up ∆AIMON without any expectations or imposed limitations. This also allowed for the inclusion of a wider set of influences from Nancy and myself.

What is the music scene like in San Diego, what is it like to be a dark electronic band there today?

Brant and Nancy: To be honest we don’t have much presence in the San Diego scene. We have a lot of like-minded friends who fully support us and the local shows we’ve done have been pretty successful, but definitely not on the scale that Los Angeles has given us. I’d say there’s a little more reticence towards progressive sounds as even the goth/industrial clubs are more aimed towards the nostalgic and softer goth sounds rather than new harsh or experimental dark electronic music. We do get regular play from DJs in the scene so there’s at least a few out here trying to breathe fresh life into San Diego.

If money were no object, what would the ultimate live presentation of your music be?  

Brant and Nancy: Art and visual aesthetics are very important to us, and ideally we’d like the visual aspect of our performances to be as prominent as the sound. We’ve been lucky to have friends (ScUMBAG Movies, Ceremonial Dagger) who have made amazing videos for us to use while we play live. In the future, we want to also incorporate ritual and symbolic performances into our shows. Of course we’d love to have a dedicated sound engineer to tour with us, as that’s most often the largest headache at shows. Otherwise, there’s always an opportunity to upgrade gear with better samplers, more keyboards, effects, etc. but our next priority is definitely to build on the artistic and visual aspect of our shows.

What artists have most profoundly influenced the visual art for the band?
 
Brant and Nancy: We both have an appreciation for mysticism and transcendence in art, so the holy light and brooding clouds of William Blake or the occult symbolism of Austin Osman Spare come to mind, especially when writing lyrics. Other than that, erotic photography has always been a great influence since the ∆AIMON tracks tend to carry a certain atmosphere of sexual excitement/anxiety. It’s not usually incredibly blatant but we do feel the dynamic between the two of us in the project comes across pretty strongly in the music.

Have you had an experience with the supernatural that you’d be willing to share? 

Nancy: Growing up in Wisconsin, I’ve seen UFOs and had those strange experiences that anybody who’s lived in an older, creaky house during childhood can relate to. There’s got to be a German word for that – the veil of fear and wonder that enshrouds you when you’re a sensitive kid living in a relatively small city. I think my perception of this during childhood led to my experiences as a teenager and adult… I believe I’ve witnessed poltergeist activity due to psychic stress, and I believe I’ve seen manifestations of magic and ritual throughout my life. But mostly I believe that our ability to perceive reaches further than our boundaries of reason sometimes.

Brant: I definitely agree with Nancy regarding the strange oppressiveness/sensitivity and UFO experiences that come from growing up in Wisconsin, but also I have always been an extremely open-medium for synchronicity. It’s a bit difficult to describe, but, more-so than anyone else I’ve ever met, I have this constant weird feeling of being a part of an interconnecting energy current. Something I don’t talk about a lot with others but that is a huge influence in my life and a force that inspires almost everything I do and every choice I make. I used to keep a record of the quantity of occurrences but it became such a prevalent experience that I’ve learned to just listen to what it’s trying to tell me.

If I were to vacation in your hell what should I expect to find there?

Brant and Nancy: Our Hell is composed of us trying to fit all our ambitions within the limited constraints of time. In the most basic sense, Hell reflects the things we can’t let go of in life; so it’s important to make your peace with those that are important to you and carry every situation through to the end.

Can you give us some insight to your astrological signs, do they describe you?

Nancy: Both my sun and my moon sign are Leo, which is dead-on in some ways and completely wrong in others. True to the sign, I have always been creative, with an aesthetic preference for decadent and dramatic style. However, I think I’m too antisocial to be a typical double-Leo, plus I could never take myself seriously enough to be proud and vain.

Brant: I’m a Virgo, which sums me up pretty well. I’m definitely a complete perfectionist and control freak. I’m also pretty reserved, preferring study and overall knowledge and analytical thinking over being impulsive or socializing. This also goes for my antipathy towards ascribing myself to some specific belief, feeling that it’s best to always question everything. We’re also supposedly emotionally cold on the surface; a form of hiding apprehensions due to an awareness of personal inabilities, despite a great deal of internal conflict and sympathy. I think this speaks of my demeanor accurately.

Some are saying this is the greatest era to exist as a musician, others say it’s the worst, what has your experience been like?

Brant and Nancy: It’s definitely the most exciting as far as the music industry is concerned, with everything sort of unknown and a lot more open possibilities for independent musicians. This also seems to naturally reflect in the growing culture of experimental music (or at least artists experimenting outside the scope of formulaic compositions and preconceived notions of what is “successful”). For that, we’re really thankful as it allows us to do what we want to do and receive a lot of great responses. A few years ago our project would have probably remained pretty unknown altogether. With the advent of social networking sites, places like bandcamp and bigcartel where independent labels and musicians can sell and promote, as well as the phenomena of the blogosphere, it’s impossible not to be excited by what’s happening musically right now. There’s certainly a feeling of being inundated day in and out with bedroom producers, but discerning the breakout artists and just discovering new and amazing music everyday is extremely rewarding. Not to mention how inspiring it is to be among peers who are all actually working together and supporting one another. That’s something that we’re eternally grateful for.

Have you been to a psychic, can you tell me about that experience if so? 

Nancy: No, but it might be interesting. I think most people who call themselves psychics are just very observant or empathic, though I have friends who’ve had some very accurate and detailed predictions made. Either way, it’s interesting whenever a highly intuitive person reveals something to you that you didn’t consciously realize about yourself. Like having your tarot cards read; the revelation isn’t from an outside source, it’s projected from within.

Brant: I’ve never been to one, but have mixed feelings about them in general. I do believe in divination as a form of inner exploration and summoning of subconscious beliefs but feel those “guides’ can be ascribed to forces around us that we’re all able to perceive if we are open enough to them. I try to live my life in a way that flows with the current, not to say I’m in anyway in favor of obedience to fate… but it’s definitely been my experience that opportunities make themselves available in the times when we need them most.

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