by Steven Gullotta | October 07, 2017 |
Rob: Me and DJ Wolf of Digital Anodyne met through a now defunct label and became long distance friends. He introduced me to Simeon who provided a remix for my other band Retrogramme. Through this process we became friends. I wanted to start an industrial band and really liked Simeon’s basslines from his other project, Project K11. We agreed to write a few songs together and see how things went and then decided to keep going!
Rob: It was a breeze, mainly because we didn’t think in terms of genres, although we did have an idea that it might be mostly EBM. Our next album, which we’ve already started on, may be a bit more consistent in genre but time will tell.
Rob: It seems too easy to just stick remixes at the end so we tried to be creative about it. I think the remixes are different enough from the originals that it works.
Rob: We had some minor difficulties getting into a flow at the beginning but the result was satisfying enough that we worked through them and created a system to smooth things out. Now it’s quite natural for us. We often use video conferencing on our phones as well to discuss ideas and that’s made it quite personal, and that’s very important.
Rob: My personal favorite is ‘Machine Malfunction’. A lot of times you look back and wonder how you created a song. That’s one I look back on and wonder how we did it. Looking at the final multitrack does not give you a clue as to how it developed over time.
Rob: “Episodes” is a word the label used in their promo material, and we’re not sure why. But, hey, it sounded interesting enough so we went with it.
Rob: I don’t want this to sound too cliché’ but I’ve been spending so much time in the studio I don’t really listen to much new music. I just finished producing some very fine bands that deserve to be mentioned. PDR, an industrial band from Bergamo Italy, TourdeForce, a synthpop band from Milan, Red This Ever, a synthrock band from Baltimore MD, are a few bands that I’ve recently produced and really enjoy.
Rob: We are playing in the DC area on November 25th but Roy Retrofit from Red This Ever will fill in for Simeon. In the late Spring we will try to play a couple of shows in Australia. I would like to play some festivals too but time will tell. Simeon has already created enough simple drafts to craft an album from so we are on our way already to a second album.
Rob: Retrogramme is alive but we’ve decided for now to scratch our own personal creative itches. We do have some drafts for a new album as well so we will pick it up once each of us wraps up what we are doing now.
Rob: Thanks for your time as well. Big respect for you and Brutal Resonance!