What is your preferred recording method (4 track cassette recording/digital/etc)?
Cheapo dynamic mics to an old 4 track recorder that someone forgot in my rehearsal hole years ago.
Give us some insight into your artistic process, from conceptualization all the way to final product.
I love to deconstruct and de-concept the “creator job”. There are too many artists that love explaining themselves over doing new songs or artifacts. Although, yes, i have some crazy ideas (like maybe, pick some Minor Threat and throw it with some Loop smoking a fatty with Kyuss) or imagine how the albums of RL Burnside with Jon Spencer would have sounded with Iggy Pop and Ron Asheton.
I do the recordings to bring my crazy ideas into “the real”: Do the riffs. Record them. Sit down in the drum set with the 4-track and phones. Record the drums to the guitar riffs (or the opposite way too). Always down-tuned guitars. I use cheapo jap guitars overall. I did the 7” recordings with an old 70's Hondo SG. And Fuzz, anything filthy and with sustain. Some echo or delays. Wah sometimes. Voice through the 4-track preamp, almost in the red and with more echo. Then, mastering with a computer and “pirate” software (a copy a friend gave years ago). Three-four tracks per song. Some compression (not much indeed, the main level is set when recording), some equalization and Vidaguerrilla's done.
Do you prefer to work solo?
I'd love to have partners in crime, but the people i meet is too pussy.
Have you collaborated with other musicians in the past?
Yes, and i keep trying to trick some fools over coming to the Sump (the name of my rehearsal hole) and be obliterated. Some fall on the snare from time to time.
What passions outside of music do you peruse?
I love general DIY, i just can't take the commercial crap. Reuse old crap, give it more life, fuck the programmed obsolescence. Do my own guitar effects. Customize my guitars. Going into the wild; i'm currently learning about permaculture, edible wild plants and home building with natural materials. Loads of readings too: DIY, economics, Buddhism, ancient times, Thoreau, esoterism, etc. Listening to albums of unknown bands.
Are there any particular bands or artists that you have been digging lately?
Hey! Have you checked these Hands I Annul Yours guys? They are a slam in the face, a retro-futurist tearoom band that make you feel like on pot & meth. Besides, i'm following an Italian guy, Roberto Luti. He's a hell of a blues guitar player. Old style, wandering musician, no bland shit. Talking of good blues: Cannibal Ramblers, killers. Killers. KILLERS. I'd transfer to America right now to play with them. But i currently dig more “old stuff”: learning of Chaley Patton, John Fahey, 70's Spanish rock band Lone Star, basque folk great ones Maurizia, León eta Basilio...
We (Major Destroyer) hand picked and arranged what we perceived as a snapshot into the vast world of Vidaguerrilla for our latest 7 inch release. What are your thoughts on our selections for this project?
The beast had to be released. And which better ones than a label named Major Destroyer? It fits right in. The 7” is a good snapshot yeah, it covers some of my “Japanese era”, some of my “Kerouac meets Fu Manchu” era and some my “drone era” hahahahaha.
What is the future looking like for Vidaguerrilla? Do you have any projects in the works?
It looks shady for sure, but isn't that the true spirit? I'm working out some tunes for live shows, alone or with anyone that shows up. In the recording front, i'm “building the concept” for a new album...for now, i can say it's music for zombies to dance on a Friday night.
Do you have a specific mission in mind?
Do more songs, more shows, reach new places, have another bottle, drive to the next city. But don't drink and drive, don't be an asshole!
Feel free to throw in any closing words...
Thank you mates, you're the best charas. I love to talk shit with equals, here's my contact: firstname.lastname@example.org