Although I’d ideally love to be able to conduct hard-hitting, in-depth interviews, who has the time these days? In lieu of this, I’ve thrown together the below question template, hopefully to gather some interesting and informative results, without taking up too much of anyone’s time.
Introduce yourself – who are you and what do you do?
Hello there! My name is Alexander and I play bass for Kardashev.
Tell us about your latest release and why people should listen to your music
This latest release, Liminal Rite, was an amazing experience for us to record and collaborate on and I truly think it surpassed all of our goals for it. Everything from writing and recording, to producing and collaborating, it all worked out so much better than we could have ever hoped for. A lot of emotion and intent was poured into it and I truly believe you can hear that through the music. While the album tells a story that carries its own emotional weight, I think the people listening will feel so much of that emotion just from the music itself. It’s a powerful record that will move people and as artists, that’s all we can hope for.
What’s the most important thing to you about your music? What meaning does it give you and what purpose does it serve in your life?
For me, music has always been a therapeutic escape from the harshness of reality. My goal in all of the art that I participate in is to give that feeling back to people; to provide a safe haven where the troubles of daily life are shut out, if even only for a moment. Listening to music provides that for me, and making music that provides that for other people is gratifying in a way that’s hard to describe, and even harder to replicate. Music is a true gift to the world and I am forever grateful to be involved in it.
Tell us a lesser-known interesting or funny anecdote about your band or music
Not that this is lesser-known necessarily, but I always find it funny that this band does and always has produced very intense, serious music with incredibly intense and serious themes, but behind all of that is a group of very goofy, silly, nerdy dudes who laugh and goof off way more than anything else. There’s a very charming juxtaposition there that I have always loved about the band.
Finally, what are you listening to at the moment that you especially enjoy and wish more people knew about?
Oh man, that is a TOUGH question. I have made playlists that are well over 500 hours of music and there are a lot of lesser known bands in there that I wish people knew of. However, the first thing that comes to mind is a band from Australia called Diploid. It’s incredibly aggressive grind/powerviolence with a heavy experimental edge to it and they’re one of those bands that you listen to and you can FEEL their anger through the music. Very powerful stuff, everyone go listen to Diploid.