Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Simulacrum Q&A

Your name: 
Chrism (keyboards).

Where are you from? 
Finland.

Name of band: 
Simulacrum.

Who else is in your band? 
Niklas (vocals), Solomon (guitar), Petri (guitar), Olli (bass, Chapman stick) and Henri (drums).

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Simulacrum is a Finnish metal band that can be described as classic prog metal. We do have a modern edge to our sound but like to draw influences from the whole history of progressive music starting from the late 1960s. On our new album, Sky Divided, you can hear the vintage influences mainly in the diverse strong structures and keyboards. Screaming Hammond organs and classic Rhodes sounds are thrown on top of the modern drum and guitar sounds.

Who are your main influences musically?
When we were teens we were greatly impacted by bands like Dream Theater, Pantera, Symphony X, Megadeth, Stratovarius, Children of Bodom, Spiral Architect and Andromeda. Nowadays the members of Simulacrum listen to a much larger scale of music. All of the guys like the groovy stuff and play in cover bands. This has brought a nice groove to Simulacrum's live performances. Other genres we draw from are classical, jazz, djent, fusion and funk.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Actually most of my personal goals I set as a teenager have been fulfilled. I have released albums, played wonderful gigs all over Finland and even climbed on stage at the prestigious Tavastia Klubi, Helsinki. The only thing I am still craving for is touring abroad but that is also looking very possible at the moment.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I think the highlight has to be getting Sky Divided out to the masses. It has been quite a ride composing, producing, mixing and mastering not just the album, but all the visual content also. Time consuming but very rewarding in the end.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Splitting ways with our old drummer Markus. It was a messy business and I ended up losing a friend. I regret the way I handled it but hopefully learnt something from the situation.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Genesis Pt. 1: The Celestial Architect. This 8min song represents well what the band is about. Untraditional chord progressions, quirky time signatures and unexpected surprises like the Frank Zappa influenced marimba solo played by my father, Risto Pulkkinen.

Where can we listen to it?
The song can be found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_iY99D6Sxgc
You can watch a video of the marimba solo here: https://youtu.be/etHgeuZRZic



Where can we find out more about your music?
http://www.simulacrum.fi
https://www.facebook.com/simulacrumofficial
https://twitter.com/SimulacrumTweet
http://open.spotify.com/artist/6fkU8ZxHs1InP0ofHMmM8X

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Well if you like music that you really have to listen to for the songs to open up, then Simulacrum is for you. There are tons of little details hidden in the mix. We believe that though challenging, Sky Divided has a good amount of easily accessible melodies also. Check out our two new music videos "Embrace The Animal Within" and the album's title track "Sky Divided" at these links!
Embrace The Animal Within: https://youtu.be/CadozVB2Gjc
Sky Divided: https://youtu.be/7ZNd9qB_5_8

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