Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wyatt E Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Well, Exile to Beyn Neharot is now recorded for about 6 months and since then we've been working on new materials. We're actually arranging songs for the 3rd and 4th album.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Exile to Beyn Neharot could be seen as an homage to the essence of music. I mean it was already the case back in 2015 with Mount Sinai/Aswan but we've musically grown up since then and I think we're kinda touching a little more the origin of music with ETBN. Music for Ancient Gods. Music for tribal celebrations.
It's now all clear and for each of us the relation we have with music became way more mystical.

3.So far all of the music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?
Yeah that's an option we've already been thinking of. Maybe with a guest member we would invite. We have a lot of ideas on that side. Or even using a voice for its tone and not for something it has to tell.
I think our music speaks for itself. Sometimes it's no use to add a message over the message itself.

4.Both of the song titles dealt with Sumerian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
We're just interested in the birth of monumental civilisations and their influences on following civilisations through the ages. And in this case reality merges into mythology and most of the time it's impossible to tell facts from fiction. So we'd rather say our music is for now more a part of this mythology (or at least it tends to be a part of it) rather than our music is dealing with Sumerian Mythology.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wyatt E.'?
Wyatt E. refers to Wyatt Earp obviously. We picked that name because our first demos seemed to be written for what could have been a post apocalyptic western movie. And that OK Corral gunfight totally fitted with the romanticised vision we had of post-apocalypse: bodies falling down in a whirlwind of dust.
So Wyatt Earp was the perfect romantic icon to represent that kitch we wanted to express.
Then we went from West to the Orient but we kept the name. There was no need to change the name for something that would sound more oriental-ish. It would have been repetitive with the music.

6.Originally the band was from Israel but relocated to Belgium, can you tell us a little bit more about the re-location?
We can't tell you a lot about it, really.
We're now a Belgium-based band. Our hearts belongs in Jerusalem. Forever a crossroads between people and cultures. Place of historical and mystical importance.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We haven't toured a lot to be honest. We didn't feel ready that. This project requires a lot of logistics because we wanted our live as grand as the music itself. At that time we simply didn't have the time or the opportunity to do that.
As the feedbacks were really encouraging regarding ETBN we decide to devote time to start setting that up.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're about to announce our first tour: Road to Bosphorus.
From 14th to 24th of October we're going to reach Byzantium and play 2 shows there. One on the European side, one on the Asian side. A total of 11 shows in 11 days.

9.The new album came out on 'Shalosh Cult', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
We met those beautiful souls almost two years ago and they were really excited with the idea to release our upcoming record. They're releasing records of Israel based bands mainly but also some other really cool stuff.
They lately released Offret self-titled amazing E.P. along with some other labels. I encourage you to get in touch with them. They'll tell you better about the label.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of drone and doom metal?
Really good actually. Way more than what we could expect when we started this band.
But our music also finds its audience among post-rock, post-metal or black metal fans which is great because those are genres we really love.
All those genre inspire us and we're taking pieces of all those to create something unique.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We decided to record and release 6 albums as a soundtrack for a pilgrimage in a fantasised Orient.
Exile to Beyn Neharot is only the second stop of our journey. So I think the rest of trip will keep us busy for a couple of years.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
These last weeks we've been listening to french black metal band Time Lurker.
And we've recently seen Altın Gün in a festival. It's Dutch/Turkish band that among others, cover and re-arrange Turkish psychedelic and funk classic's. It's and amazing live act. So behind that we're re-discovering all that scene: Erkin Koray, Esmeray, ...

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Our common interests are Peplum movies, Eastern Orthodox Icon and painting in general.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Not much. Just thanks for your time and interest.

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