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Realized at: 11st, October 2016
 

"The interesting thing about Black metal is that unlike other genres, it's name is not always just a sticker to slap on a product, with the goal of attracting a particular audience. (...)"

Hey Irim, although I'm really cautious when it comes to a "one man band", I must admit that, in your case, I enjoy the final outcome. Why did you decide to play all the instruments, instead of forming a regular line up? Is it a matter of total control of your music?

Control had a lot to do with it. Though the musicians I work with apart from this project are phenomenal - I wanted to see what would become of a solo run through the songwriting. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it, and hope others will also.

Being the sole musician behind the band as well, would it be possible to tell us more about your personal musical background?

Definitely! You could say I'm atypical in this area. The first and only formally taught instrument I learned to play was trumpet, which I played for 7 years in grade school. I taught myself guitar, keyboards, and vocals over the last 5 or 6 years. Didn't start listening to metal until high school, and it wasn't your classic heavy metal. My earliest influences were Nightwish (probably the biggest), and other symphonic metal bands such as Sonata Artica and Epica. I've always enjoyed a great deal of folk and power metal as well. After two or three years spent in these subsets, I began exploring more extreme styles of metal such as black and death metal. 

What do you attempt to capture, express or communicate through your music? Or… is this even the goal of music? Is music communication or decoration?

I view music a lot like theatre. I'm trying to create a journey for you - the main characters in the play. Very little of my music has to do with real issues or things I've been through. Its purely discovery. Music is the grand evoker of emotions, and I regard its cathartic potential with the utmost fascination.

Music-wise, what are to you the most essential aspects for a black metal band?

I'd like it to wake something dark within me, almost like a cold wind coursing through my mind. I prefer simple, raw, yet innovative styles. I'm more interested in the musical aspects of black metal then face paint and ideology.

Just how important is artistic appeal for you? Does aesthetics play a big role in your music? Should black and death metal be classified as art?

All music should be classified as art. If it's not artistic, there's little left to appreciate. Scales and harmonies are only so interesting on their own. Aesthetics play largely into my music from a conceptual standpoint. I think that's clear.

Do you identify with the “old school spirit” in the metal underground? If so, what is it and how does it emerge in your music?

Eh..I'm relatively young and new to the genre, so it's not a big part of what I do. That may sound like heresy to some, and I apologize. I do enjoy pioneers such as Burzum and Emperor a great deal.

Black metal as a genre has been considered a philosophy by some, while some others consider it an avenue to express their anti-religious sentiments. What are your views on black metal as a whole?

The interesting thing about Black metal is that unlike other genres, it's name is not always just a sticker to slap on a product, with the goal of attracting a particular audience. Some take it very seriously, which has led to murders and destroyed lives. I enjoy listening to black metal for its musical aspects and "don't give a fuck" attitude it conveys. However, I don't abide by its traditional ideologies. I'm not a Satanist, or any other religious or political stereotype of black metal musicians.

You came from Virginia. Try to describe your home scene. Which bands do you consider the beneficial? Which from the home records did interest you the most?

Right now there are some great acts on the scene. The most notable black metal bands I've played alongside in Aokigahara are Dispellment and Salvaticus. Extreme metal is alive and well here! Definitely check out Vomit Stain, Human Infection, and Rotting Obscene. They bring some brutal death metal to the area.

Let´s talk about "Invertical Infinite", How much time does it take to put this record together? Do you have extra material that’s left out after choosing what fits you most?

Ha! InVertical Infinite took very little time..approximately two months. The whole concept was a gag really - I was out of town for work reasons during its production, and recorded the whole thing with a fender star-caster, my iPad, and a pair of headphones from Walmart that had a built-in mic. I worked on riffs after work and on the weekends, and the whole thing just fell together. As far as vocals go, the whole thing was recorded in one session. So it's as raw as it gets. I didn't have a lot of extra material. Of course, some riffs were unusable so I threw them out. There was one song that didn't quite fit the album, so I saved it for another time.

What kind of ambitions did you have after finishing the recording of this album? It is a pretty solid and thoughtful work I guess?

I think it's essence is what I was grabbing at. Nothing is perfect, and few things are good enough. But it's good enough I guess.

What is the feedback for this album so far? Are the reactions from the fans similar to the ones from the press?

I haven't gotten much feedback honestly. Send it my way!

You also used to do the vocals for Aokigahara, Do you think there has been any further improvement in your vocal delivery on thi new self-endevour called IRIM?

Definitely! Although my approach is different. I use a more strait-forward delivery in Aokigahara, because I have to replicate it live. With Irim, I put a whole lot of effects on my vocals - something I've never done before.

How much time and effort do you spend on the band to get everything to look and sound the right way? What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies outside of composing sick music?

Hours and hours! There's a lot of reworking that goes on, but sometimes a song will fall together on the first go. That's the kind of thing I hope for - some days writing comes easier than others. Outside of music I enjoy nature a great deal. I like to hike and spend time in the woods.

Promotion has become vital in these times. With hundreds of bands releasing albums in the same time period, it’s become a struggle to get noticed. How do you see the future of promotion IRIM?

I plan to stay active - so expect more music! Mags like this help to spread the word, and I plan to use social media and bandcamp to keep listeners engaged. I'm not a huge promotion guru, and honestly don't care much about the subject. It's much more fun to make the music than it is to share it, so I do the bare minimum.

And now we have finally come to the end of this interview, do you have some important words for our readers?

Enjoy the music and be sure to check out the other bands in this mag! Thanks for the interview!!

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