Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The Inquisition: 050.Ø L T E N

1.How did you came up with the name of the band? 

Chris: Just a joke, we thought about a big dark city and we add Ø to have a Nordic touch 

2.Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it? 

Chris: It's just a mix of that, but I often have a lot of guitar and Moog riffs. Then we work and try to build something. Each musician gives his personal touch, and we try a lot of solutions. Sometimes we can make a new track in one month or for certain tracks we need few months ... 

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

Chris: A lot of influences. We love some bands like Bongripper , Russian Circles, Neurosis , Mogwaï, Sunn O)))... At home I listen to a lot of different bands and musical styles, from the most extreme bands like Converge, Terra Tenebrosa, The Swans to a simple and good folk album like Rue Royale or electro music like Boards Of Canada. I think when music is good, we listen to it , no matter what style it is. 

4. Which is the one album you can't live without? 

Chris: Cult of Luna - The Beyond and Music Has The Right To children - Boards of Canada. 

5. What's the first record you've ever bought? 

Chris: Seriously, Live After Death by Iron maiden and Oxygen by Jean-Michel Jarre. I was ten years old. 

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with? 

Chris: Bongripper. 

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

Chris: Definitely yes, but I think without the good work of our labels Hummus Records & Division Records our music would never be out of Switzerland. I was really surprised when some people of Greece and Russia send me an e-mail to congratulate about our first EP. 

8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify? 

Chris: Yes , I think it's a great support for some little bands like ours. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

Chris: At the same place, working on new tracks or a new album, with some new gear like pedals, amp, old synth and we would still be as stupid as we are. 

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era? 

Chris: Oh yes , I think it is a good proof of the quality you get inside your download. If a musician gives a beautiful artwork for iTunes, I think that means he makes music with his guts and wants everything to be perfect. 

11. What is you favorite album cover? 

Chris: Swans - The Seer

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format? 

Chris: Because you get a beautiful object in your hands. So when you listen to a vinyl at home first you are happy because you open a beautiful object, second you take the time to listen to the music, then nothing around you is really important .... 

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?

Chris: One of our gigs is especially a good story. We had to play a festival. 100 meters away from the place we broke a wheel of our van. The stage was on an old truck and we could access only by a ladder (Imagine when we had to move our 4x12 boxes). Finally the amp of our bassist burnt on stage during our show...

After releasing their amazing EP in 2013, Ø L T E N released yesterday their first album "Mode".

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