interview with Obsidian Kingdom

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How is it that you started playing music? Some of us were forced to take music lessons as kids, but apart from that, mostly trying to imitate our idols, of course.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

RIDER G OMEGA – guitars and vocals
ZER0 ÆMEOUR ÍGGDRASIL – keyboards and vocals
OJETE MORDAZA II – drums and beats

We're all spiritually stuck in our early-twenties.

Have you had other previous members? Well, yes. You wouldn't know who they are, though.

Did you make music even when you were young? Dude, we're still young.

Where are you from? We're based in Barcelona, and most of us were born nearby.

What year did the band form? Let's say 2005.

What's your style of genre? Somewhere in between progressive rock and post-metal. Or was it post-grunge?

What inspires you? Sex and death.

How often and where do you rehearse? Twice or three times a week, in our rehearsal room.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Sure, thousands; most of which have to do with sex and death.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We are working with NMC live at the moment, and we're very happy with them; so no.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are signed to Season of Mist at the moment, and we're very happy with them; so no.

What made you decide to make this music? I guess you could say that we're such a bunch of weirdos.

What are your songs about? Insects, girls, cars, Katy Perry leading the western civilization straight into the abyss, the end of the world; that kind of stuff.Oh, and sex and death.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? We like to do everything in the most democratic way possible. Of course, there's politics.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We start with the emotions.

Do you compose in a certain environment? One in which we're allowed to make a lot of noise.

Have you done any covers live? So far we've played the American folk classic "Wayfaring Stranger" and the Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine". But we'll do more.

What language do you sing in? English and Catalan.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? It's always enough.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Between 18 and 35.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? If we're on tour we tend to play the same set with a few variations, but otherwise we always adapt to the situation.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Well, the place where we've given more concerts so far is a venue called Caracol in Madrid, so that'd be the one.

What was your first gig like? Thrilling, rewarding, and addictive.

What was your latest gig? We played in the latest edition of Prog Power Europe in the Netherlands. It was a blast.

Have you had to cancel a gig? Thankfully, no.

Where do you plan to gig the coming year? Everywhere. But most likely it's just going to be the main cities in Western and Eastern Europe.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Not early enough, because we really need the money. We have CDs, vinyls, t-shirts, postcards, plectrums, you name it. Just drop by and get yourself something from our online store! -

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? We think that it's just the natural order of things, and that it should be taken into consideration by anyone who's willing to make a serious career in the music business.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?

The income of an average band now largely depends in its availability to tour, so it's all come down to the live experience and the communal ritual again. Even studio bands are forced to play gigs these days if they want to survive and so, the writing of most of contemporary music is already hugely influenced by its staging possibilities.

Also, things which were important in the heyday of CD selling and everybody owning a hi-fi equipment, like the search for perfection in music production, are being slowly replaced by the glorification of the human error as the ultimate sign of identity.

What do you think of my work? Well, we haven't checked it out in the same way that you haven't ours; but we really appreciate the effort of anyone who is willing to chip in with the spreading of art and entertainment.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Someone will read it and realize that we're probably cool as fuck, right before visiting any of our online profiles, only to discover just how awesome the Obsidian Kingdom actually is.

Do you have any role models or idols? Yeah, we normally go with anything Nietzsche says. Except when we don't.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? It really doesn't make a difference. If it clicks, it clicks.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Excess of enthusiasm and ignorance of how things really work, in that particular order. But it's all being taken care of now.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never. Give. Up.

How do you get psyched for a gig? Adrenalin and testosterone. And sometimes other exogenous drugs.

Do you have any new material? "A Year With No Summer", our epic new album, is due out next 11th of March 2016 via Season of Mist. It was written and performed from the heart and it was produced and recorded by Jaime Gomez Arellano - who's also worked with bands like Ghost, Ulver and Altar of Plagues.It's going to be a big deal, you'll see.

What are your web sites?

And a dozen more, just google it.

How can people reach you? Through any of our profiles or at this email address - info@obsidiankingdom.comWe're there 24/7.

What are your plans for the future? Taking over the world, same as always.

Do you have something to add? One day, the skies will dye white.

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