EMQ’s With ALMØST HUMAN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swiss Industrial/Metal band, Almøst Human. Huge thanks to guitarist, Olivier Perdrizat, 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 Olivier and I play guitar in Almøst Human. Rosario (drummer) and I founded the band long before velociraptors walked the Cretaceous ground. We are a rather classical Swiss band: vocals (Ben), bass (Sara), drums (Rosario) and two guitars (Gilles and me).
During spring 2019, We had a dozen concerts and notably won the Greenfield Festival (CH) competition. Our victory allowed us to play at the most important rock and metal music festival in Switzerland alongside Slipknot (USA) and Lamb of God (USA) in June.
Opening for international bands such as Bloodred Hourglass (FIN) or Ultra Vomit (FR), Almøst Human has been selected as a finalist for the Swiss Metal Battle in early 2020. A first place means playing on one of the mythical stages of the Wacken Open Air festival (DE) in 2022!
Two great dates are scheduled for early 2022 with Loudblast (FR) and Triptykon (CH).
How did you come up with your band name?
It was a previous drummer of the band (Pascal Ranzoni), a big Kiss fan, who suggested the name. I immediately found the idea excellent because it allowed us to address a whole series of issues in our songs. Thanks to him!!!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We come from the French speaking part of Switzerland. Some of our members have different origins, Swiss or foreign, like the society of our country.
All styles of Metal/Rock are represented in our country by excellent bands, so the musical scene is rich and varied. However, we are not in a country where the choice of a musical career seems to be seen as a real job, with a few exceptions, of course. Our country has four official languages, with German as the main language. Therefore, each linguistic region has its own audience, its own sensitivity, and its own market.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
The album “XS2XTC” (Excess to Ecstasy) is our latest release (2019). We self-produced it thanks to the fantastic work of our former guitarist Chris Matthey at Royal Studios in Lausanne (Switzerland).
The cover art of the CD has been awarded as one of the 100 best illustrations in 2019 by the English magazine Heavy Music Artwork. We also received financial support from the city of Yverdon-les-Bains.
‘System Of Beliefs’ (Official Audio)
‘WarPigs’ (Official Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
The Beatles… strange??? I always enjoy listening to their compositions. Especially the period covering the years 1967 to 1970.
What first got you into music?
A classmate. We ended up playing together by the way.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Alice In Chains, Katatonia, Korn, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend and many others. But in the end, I think I can learn from everyone.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I went as a fan to different festivals. Wacken, Hellfest, 70,000 Tons of Metal. So, I would be immensely honoured to be able to sweat it out on stage.
I think every festival is unique, so I will play anywhere if the organizers accept us.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Ahaha…As I am just stardust…nothing special. But if any metal fans produce any culinary specialties, I’m in. Otherwise, no weird stuff that tastes gross.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
The pandemic has taught us that our economic world can quickly come to a standstill. We risk being subjected to profound upheavals, particularly climatic ones.
It is, in my opinion, urgent to develop benevolence and solidarity among ourselves and for all living things.
We must not give in to the temptation of radical and polarized world views. They will only divide us and completely miss the changes we need to make.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Ooops!!! John Lennon, George Harrison…otherwise Mozart, Beethoven. But would they be willing to come back down here? Curious or afraid of the changes since their death?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I don’t think I hate something. Hate is a poison that eats away at us from the inside. Composing is what I enjoy most. Searching for sounds, experimenting, arranging. Learning from the experience of other bands as well, regardless of musical style or area of expertise.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Working hand in hand, not against each other.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Soundgarden – “Superunknown”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
In ecological terms…none, I guess. They are means of musical diffusion. If their sound quality and longevity are unequal, they nevertheless allow to reach audiences with different listening habits.
The most important thing for me is that the music is pirated as little as possible. The survival (I’m not even talking about life) of many artists depends on it.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The one that brought the most pleasure to the people present that day.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I don’t consider myself a musician or an artist. I don’t think I have accomplished anything to deserve those titles. I am a typographer by trade, so in the graphic arts and I am very interested in everything that touches our functioning as humans. Our conditioning, the way we perceive the world, so human sciences, meditation.
I also love history and cooking. I could also be interested in beekeeping or anything related to the protection of the environment and allow us to eat as healthy as possible.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Hérodote, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Carl Gustav Jung, Nagarjuna, Nelson Mandela. Good mix…???
What’s next for the band?
Write and record new songs. Currently, I’m working on the lyrics and have the chance to collaborate with Catherine Fearns, writer and big metal fan.
I’m looking forward to this opportunity and recommend you read her writing by going to her website: www.catherine-fearns.com/
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Here they are:
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Wait a minute, please…I’m calling McVitie & Price Ltd.
Or are you talking about pastries made by the Jaffa, a people originally from the planet Chulak? I didn’t know they had any confectionery skills…could you tell me more?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for this opportunity to express myself. Thanks also to all those who will take the time to read me.
Don’t hesitate to send us your impressions and points of view on our music by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish you, your family and friends the best of health. Stay curious and open-minded.
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