Monday, August 26, 2013
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the project these days? Hello . Sure. For your information, Filsufatia have just released its 8th demo last week, and like always, it is available for free and downloadable around the internet, if you know how to look for them. Or you can always head over to my blog: www.thebulletbelt.blogspot.com. The demo is called The Grand Eulogy and it contains 4 songs including an intro, with over 24 minutes playtime. Everythings alrite down here in Malaysia. Metallica just visited, just so you know.
2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new demo and how it differs from previous releases? Filsufatia’s new demo, The Grand Eulogy, is a little bit more elaborate compared to the previous demos. The sound is still Melancholic/Depressive Black Metal but this time, the songs were longer and the melodies were more focused. I took my time with this demo and it shows.
3. What are some of the images and concepts you bring out with your music? Images? None. As for the concept, I would say, sadness and depression. The feel of melancholy and gloomy. There will always be beauty in everything, even in sadness.
4.The music is all instrumental, are there any plans of using vocals in the future? This is one of the frequently asked questions that we got from our listeners. We do have plans to use vocals in the future, but time is not on our side at the moment. Adding vocal parts would certainly add a new dimension to the song. Filsufatia would love to experiment with vocals. There are indeed a couple of experimental tracks where Paul Ravenwood of Twilight Fauna provided some vocals on, but in the meantime, we have no plans to release it. Maybe later in the near future.
5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the projects name? Filsufatia is actually a distorted Arabic word for Filsuf, which means the philosopher.
6..Currently there is only 1 member involved with the project, how do you feel it adds to the creativity of the music? Filsufatia had always been a one man band project. At the moment, it is easier to work with only one man behind the band since my work rate kind of goes up and down. As for the creativity part, I have always challenged myself to be better, so I guess there would not be any problem in that department.
7.Recently you have put out a split with Twilight Fauna what are your thoughts on the other band that participated? Twilight Fauna is a very talented band and the main man behind the band, Paul, is extremely talented and hard working. You should all check Twilight Fauna out.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? The feedbacks are okay and the acceptance is creeping in slowly. As you can see, Filsufatia is not really that well known in the international circuit, but I don’t mind. At least a couple of friends who have been supporting us from day one are always there.
9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days? At the moment, the one with materials is Filsufatia. It is too early to talk about other projects at this stage.
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases? I don’t know yet but at this point of time, I am just happy with the acceptance of The Grand Eulogy. Im was thinking about putting Filsufatia on an indefinite hiatus so that I can pursue other projects, but me being me, I am always changing my plans. So, I cant really say anything about the future right now.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays? I would listen to anything with soothing and melancholic melodies. I am not picky with what I would listen to. Back in the day, people would call person like me as an all rounder. At the moment, I feasting my ears to some Thy Light – No Morrow Shall Dawn and Dreariness – My Mind Is Too Weak To Forget.
12.Outside of music what are some of your interests? Books, English Premier League, History, Poems and watching TV.
13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? Thank you again for this amazing interview. More power to you webzine. To those who are not in the know, please visit Filsufatia at www.facebook.com/filsufatia and try the excellence of melancholic sadness with Filsufatia. All Hail The Malaysian Depreshvn!