EMQ’s with ELECTROMANCY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oakland, California based Experimental Robot Black Metal Project, Electromancy. Huge thanks to, Satyra, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Satyra, and I build robots when my chronic illness lets me.
About 2 years ago I started having strange and intense health issues that, among other things, caused me to lose a lot of function in my hands. Honestly, I didn’t know if I was dying or not (and sometimes I still don’t know). It is a huge kick in the butt to stop putting my dreams aside, I made one, which was releasing a metal album. But with my hand issues I couldn’t play instruments anymore. So, what did I do? I built robot guitars, drums, and manikin bandmates to play my music for me!
How did you come up with your band name?
Electromancy means Electricity Magic. Since the band is a suite of my DIY hacked up electronics, & the music is deeply connected to me spiritually, once this name came up it was hard to choose anything else.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
I’m from Oakland California USA. The existence of major tech companies here really pushed a lot of the go to your aspects of San Francisco away which definitely affects the metal scene, but people in Oakland are still holding it down where they can.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We are about to release our first EP titled “Robot Black Metal”. It will have one of the original compositions from our upcoming album paired with a cover of ‘Transilvanian Hunger’. Of Course, robots play the whole thing.
‘Transilvanian Hunger’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
I would count my biggest musical influences as Portal and Liturgy on the metal side, and Dan Deacon on the compositional side. Moritz Simon Geist was also a big influence on the robotics side of things as well.
What first got you into music?
Honestly for a long time I just thought I didn’t like music. And then I heard Metal for the first time and realized, oh I actually love music, I just don’t like any of the music I had heard before!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I’d love to collaborate with The Body. The way they are really exploring some crevices in the extreme music world, I really respect anything quit in a great while with what I am doing.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I mean, who doesn’t wanna play Wacken!? That would sure be awesome. I would really love to play Maryland Deathfest in the United States. I went there for many years in a row when I lived on the East Coast and got a lot of love for it.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
This project is too new to have received any crazy stuff yet. Before, a previous project of mine once received clay miniatures as a gift from the fan. That was pretty nuts.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
You can find peace and gratitude in even the darkest places. Disability, illness, and other tragedies may dramatically change your life, but as long as you are alive – you are alive. And there is beauty in that.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chuck Schuldiner. Not necessarily because I want more Death (though of course I wouldn’t be against it at all!), but more because I would love to see what his late career music would sound like. Some musicians lose it over time, but musicians like Devin Townsend and Ihsahn have been producing some of the best music of their careers in my opinion recently, pushing a lot of boundaries and making some wonderful creative work. I’d imagine Chuck would have gone in this direction, and I would have loved to hear where he would have explored.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Building a world, musical and physical, around myself and getting lost in it. That’s my favourite. My least favourite is having to leave that world to do all of the marketing and other crap necessary these days to share that word with others.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I wish music was less centrally aggregated on the Internet. On one hand we live in a digital age where it helps small bands get out more which is awesome, but it takes so much work to cut through the noise and when anyone can Stream anyone any time it pushes the big players higher while making more competition for the underground stuff. The Internet has increased the barrier to entry, which is awesome, but with that has also increased competition. If only there was a way to do the first without the latter.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
I LOVE Ihsahn’s “After”. It’s got such an excellent mix of classic brutality, some really heavy Dreamy bits, while pushing a lot of boundaries especially with the inclusion of saxophone throughout the album. Some of those saxophone parts add such a sheer chaos to the mix. I love albums that are filled with so much chaos yet still manage to stay grounded.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl 1000%. The sound of a vinyl just captures so much atmosphere, it’s such a beautiful listening experience. Plus, you get the biggest art, which definitely rules.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
None yet, Thanks to Covid. I can’t wait to take the robots into the world once this pandemic finally ends.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Actually, this is real, I have my own adult toy company where I design and manufacture sex toys. It’s called cute little fuckers! I don’t like what if‘s, I prefer to try to do everything!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Probably my five best friends. Other people are cool and all, but we know how to have the most fun.
What’s next for the band?
Releasing our first album this year! And getting the drum mechanics more robust to take out into the world once the pandemic ends!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Jafar is a bird right, right? It’s been a while since I’ve seen Aladdin.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
These robots are crazy! And we are constantly sharing pictures and videos of them gearing up for our upcoming releases. Follow along on Social Media and anywhere else, I would super appreciate it! @robotmetalband
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