INTERVIEW: DEMATERIALIZE ON SINGLES EPHEMERAL, DOOM AND UPCOMING SELF-TITLED EP.
“This lifestyle can ruin our current state of civilization if we don’t take action to protect the environment”. SJ, DEMATERIALIZE.
SICK AND SOUND is pleased to introduce to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with DEMATERIALIZE metalcore, djent, deathcore outfit via their freshly signed label Famined Records. We got a chance to chat with the Illinois-based quartet of: Craig Hoffman, Stephen Jinga, Jeremy Verbin and Bryce Tollner to explore their singles EPHEMERAL, DOOM and their upcoming self-titled EP due out on December 7th, 2018 via Famined Records.
- Hello guys! It’s a pleasure to have you here at SICK AND SOUND. I would love to start by discussing DEMATERIALIZE’s background. How was the band brought together?
SJ- The band started with Craig and Stephen making demos of songs that were comprised of heavy chugs and crazy guitar leads/synths. Since we lived in different states at the time, we used Logic Pro music software and Dropbox to actively share music files and put together some of the songs coming out on our upcoming EP. Jeremy joined the band in 2015 after writing a few of his own songs in a similar writing style and we have been recording songs together ever since.
- What’s the meaning behind choosing “Dematerialize” as a name for the band?
SJ- The name has an interesting story. Craig and Stephen were flipping through a collection of Magic: The Gathering cards looking for some inspiration of band / song names for the demos we recorded. We stumbled upon the card “Dematerialize” and the name instantly stuck. We felt like it suited us as we have songs that approach topics like sustainability, which you can hear in “Ephemeral”, and the word Dematerialize fit well into this theme.
- Your soundscapes: metalcore and djent. You are also collocated into deathcore at times. In what measure do you feel to belong to one or more soundscapes or how limiting it is to be pigeonholed when you feel your music is crossing all frames?
JV- We tend to cross into multiple subgenres when we write since we just take our favourite parts of each of these genres and blend them together. I would say that we have a more metalcore/djent inspired instrumentals with deathcore-esque vocals.
- Let’s discuss your influences. What were the albums or bands you most listened to as inspirations while writing and recording your new self-titled EP due out on December 7th, 2018 via Famined Records?
SJ- As the vocalist, Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence (RIP) and Alex Koehler (ex Chelsea Grin) were huge inspirations when I was learning how to scream. I also really enjoy the style of both Volumes vocalists Michael / Gus which inspires a lot of my tone/style. Instrumentally we draw influence from bands that blend crazy guitar work with interesting synths, like Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya.
- Let’s explore the topics and lyrical themes behind the songs DEMATERIALIZE wishes to spread.
SJ- We try to vary our themes lyrically between each song. When we write we finish the instrumental first and add suiting lyrics to each based on how the song “feels”. For instance, our heavier songs tend to have darker lyrics (DOOM / The Insomniac) while the more atmospheric songs are less pissed off and more objective topics (Ephemeral / Sonder). Lyrically the song “Sonder” is my favorite. It describes my experience learning meditation and exploring an altered state of consciousness.
Other songs take a much different lyrical topic. Ephemeral explores the relationship between humans and the environment. Ultimately we are trying to send the message that this lifestyle can ruin our current state of civilization if we don’t take action to protect the environment. Our upcoming single DOOM discusses the nuances of modern day life and touches on some of the dystopian aspects we see in society.
- What do your listeners need to know about this EP as they will dive in? Some important features worth to be highlighted.
You can expect aggressive chugs, melodic guitar, and atmospheric keys that mercilessly pound the listener into submission.
- What expectations do you have and what are the very first goals you wish to achieve with it?
With this first EP, our only goal is to build. Since we plan to release music every winter, we want each release to be bigger than the last. And that is achieved by slowly building our platform via social media, and entertaining our audience with more mature, crazier songs each time.
So right now, no expectations. We’re just focused on creating music we’re proud of and growing the Demat family.
- What were some of the challenges or concerns you faced while recording and in contrast, the most memorable and funny moments?
One of the biggest challenges we faced while writing was simply distance- at one point all 3 of us lived in 3 different states. We spent a week recording the EP ourselves in our home studio before sending it off to Chris Whited at 1776 Recordings for mixing/mastering. It was a very memorable experience as we had an entire week to just sit down and focus on turning these songs into exactly what we envisioned them to be.
- Talking about your debut single EPHEMERAL. I have found razor-sharp riffing dropping into eerie and feint atmospheres combined with backdrop textures of hovering melody. Let’s discuss how this formula of heaviness/charming melody was found and what elements were crucial to bring it to life.
We draw huge influences from bands like Erra, Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya. So when writing a track, the goal is always to provide something beyond a sea of chugs while also creating something we ourselves find fun and interesting.
To read our review of EPHEMERAL please check out: www.sickandsound.it/dematerialize-sign-to-famined-records-and-drop-debut-single-ephemeral.
- Let’s discuss EPHEMERAL’S cinematographic video and storytelling.
Funny enough, we actually had no idea what we were doing there! With no real direction, we called up our friend Jeremy, who does awesome photo/video work, and asked him if he was down to make some art. From there, we put up a bunch of white sheets in Craig’s basement, rented a projector from the library and just sort of figured everything out on the spot! Day of the shoot, we decided to try and tie the aesthetic of the video to our promo shots to create some consistency. We figured that coupled with us going ham would make for a cool first video. We’re more than happy with it, it doesn’t tell a story but that was never the goal anyway. We just enjoy making art.
- A little sneak peek on your upcoming single due out on November 16th, 2018: DOOM.
DOOM is one of our favorites, get prepared for something much heavier than EPHEMERAL.
To read our review of DOOM please check out: www.sickandsound.it/dematerialize-unleash-haunting-new-single-doom.
- What surprises does DEMATERIALIZE have in store and has planned for the upcoming months, if you can tell us?
Besides our first EP dropping in December, we’re really excited about the business plan we laid out for ourselves. We are always writing new songs. Expect new music every single winter! And some other cool things in the in between.
Thank you for having a chat with SICK AND SOUND. The best of luck for the promotion of your upcoming EP. We will support you into EU and US and longing for more music to be dropped by DEMATERIALIZE.
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