Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Inquisition: 061.Raum Kingdom

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

Hey, Its great to be here and do this for you guys. Yea for a long time we where trying to figure out a name and as all the one word names where taken we had to take a name that an elderly lady said. We where all getting a taxi home from a piano bar we frequent and the taxi driver, an elderly lady was doing the drops. She heard us chatting as we were discussing the name of the band, she then started babbling on about this thing Raum Kingdom. A few days later we started talking about what we she said and we couldn't really remember what she was on about. But we all remembered Raum Kingdom and we all thought it sounded cool, and nobody had it, so we went with it. 

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? 

Well we basically listen to music that bleeds the pockets of parents of teenagers on high volume and we just try and play louder over that..... that's where the aggression comes from, trying to drown out all that noise that enters our heads, and we play until our heads are clear. Then a riff, a bass line or a beat gets going and we jam that till we don't like it anymore, then change it too something we like. 

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

All of our influences are different and what inspires us, be it music, art, film, culture, family, events in our lives etc etc. So our expression is an outlet from all that influence. As for what we listen too at home, Dave (singer) listens to white noise for hours, Ronan (bass) listens to the Irish national anthem, Andrew (guitar) listens to 1920's playlists repeatedly and Mark (drums) walks around the house naked listening to Beethoven. That should be an accurate explanation of what we listen too at home and as people. 

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

That's a massive question. I think if by magic all our music was gone we would go insane. Probably a family photo album would be one. 

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

We're so old we can't remember. So probably bands back in the 90's when trash metal was in. 

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

Ah Jeez! such a question. Ehm There are a massive amount of bands we would would love to play or even jam with. I mean where would one start trying to explain. To be realistic about it, the band would have to be a local Europe band that we could have relativity good access too, unless we got lucky and we ourselves were approached. 

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? 

The internet is amazing for that sort of exposure. We have been blown away and humbled by all the reviews and comments about what we do. As we are from Ireland and we all work and have families, it would of been a dead end or at least very difficult to get the music out there if it wasn't for the internet. So it takes a lot of effort from all involved to stay on top of it. We got a review in Japanesse and we where pretty surprised about that due to the fact we never thought someone would of picked it up that far away so quick. 

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

Its a tough world out there, and we don't think that the world was ready for the internet, so services that you mentioned and more are vital to all music lovers out there, with the internet there is so much more ways to discover good music. People generally won't actively go looking for music that they would like and you read comments like " Music isn't as good as used to be" and so they succumb to liking what's on the radio or nostalgia music or just not being into music as they get older. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

It would be great to say exactly. But we think that in 5 years we would have an LP out and hopefully be playing at some of the larger festivals in mainland Europe. Musically we will have evolved but keeping the same tone and context. If not that, split up and wishing we hadn't haha. 

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

We think art is very important to emotion and mood for the individual and group psyche regardless. It plays a large roll in visually representing the tone and intent of the music and band too the band and the fans alike. So when time and focus is put in to creating the art, it engrains a deeper seed for the passion involved. 

11. What is you favorite album cover? 

We love the art of lots of bands. Some bands make political statements and some bands use artists. Also it varies from time to time as we appreciate many album covers. 

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? 

There is a lot of debate about sound quality from vinyl. But we think it's a subjective argument, People just LIKE that it sounds different than other formats regardless if its better. People who are purchasing vinyl now I'd imagine to be more specialized music lovers than just casual music listeners, so the vinyl product feels like more of a purchase and satisfies the passion better. As CD's was a much more accessible format so it was hit harder in the digital format age as digital formats are now the easy accessible format that can get to the masses with ease. 

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

All of them at the moment haha. We reckon playing in Belgium was a great experience for us. We where playing with Belgian "Group All We Expected" and the response and support we received was amazing as we had never experienced this. There is a great scene happening there and a lot of people get what we are about. So for us it was a great learning curve and definitely something we will all remember.

Raum Kingdom are releasing a split with All We Expected in September and believe me when I say it sounds amazing! You can listen on CVLT Nation.

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