Hello privacydied and welcome to Brutal Resonance. To start, tell us what are three of your favourite albums of all time and why?
Lil Ugly Mane - "Mista Thug Isolation". It's is an example of a musical pastiche of the highest quality. It adheres to every single trope and convention of a Memphis Rap album and surpasses it in such a fashion where it makes the original works look primitive and half baked to the point where it’s almost laughable. I don't think there is any album out there which manages to pay homage to a particular type of sound or movement in such a way where it actually surpasses the majority of legitimate works of that time.
Snowing - "Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit". This EP is the sonic conclusion of everyone’s Emo phase. Measured at the perfect ratio it’s the ultimate synthesis of math rock, post-hardcore and midwest emo. I love Emo but it is truly one of the most pathetic genres to exist, it promotes some of the most cringe and weak perspectives on life, so much emo exists to simply be masturbatory and self loathing. Snowing’s EP excels because the subject matter is legitimately dark, covering topics like alcoholism and death of one's father. Plus it only clocks in at 10 minutes so it gets to the point and then fucks off.
John Maus - "We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves". One time I went to a John Maus show and he played his whole set and then he was going to wrap it up I shouted “Play Cop Killer!” He paused for a moment, looked at his band, shrugged his shoulders and they started playing Cop Killer. It was amazing.
What was the initial inspiration behind privacydied and when did the project start?
The cypherpunk movement. 2018? I can’t remember. I only remember impulsively changing my name to privacydied one day and then keeping it, pry came later cus calling me privacy is too weird.
You seem to tackle a bunch of different genres with your project. What is your philosophy on music making and genre boundaries?
I don’t have a concrete philosophy on making music, I do it because it’s easy and cathartic. The only genre boundaries that exist are the ones self-imposed. I like hip-hop, synthpop and emo so I make hip-hop, synthpop and emo. It's really that simple.
Your most recent single is ‘metastasised’. It was made with fellow producer jodimattiaccy. Tell us about jodimattiaccy and how you met.
Jodi is extremely based, we started as twitter mutuals in 2019 who are both extremely online. It's all very boring. I had not made music for an entire year, but because of label obligations I had managed to drop a project in 2021 that was completed the year before, so as I sat around doing nothing and unable to express myself, Jodi would send me demos he was working on for his project, I then realised that this was unironically the sound I had been looking for that I couldn’t achieve by myself. So, I asked Jodi if he wanted to work on some songs and we’ve been working together since then.
How did you write ‘metastasised’? Was it just through sharing files over the internet or did you have extensive chats about the track?
‘metastasised’ was in my notes as a black metal song I wrote a long time ago but never did anything with. The way the beats are made would essentially classify us as a punk band that are based over the internet due to the lack of a DAW and how much analog gear is involved to make the songs itself, we don’t really have extensive chats about individual tracks we both understand that the assignment is to explore the intersection of these particular sounds, it’s all instinctual it just works and has from the day we met.
And what is the idea around ‘metastasised’? What does it mean to you?
‘atrophy’ was made during a dark time in my life, the concept of ‘metastasised’ is a depressive nihilism being this all encompassing ‘abyssal darkness’ that spreads and metastasises like a tumour.
For the music video of ‘metastasised’, you went for a very raw, DIY approach. Did you choose this aesthetic to match the sound of the track?
I was in a squat rave and I thought this would be a cool place to shoot a music video so I got everyone to pull out their phones. Maddy was really resourceful and pretty much took control of directing the video whereas I did the editing.
‘metastasised’ comes off of your upcoming album “atrophy”. When can we expect to see that out and what is the album out? What can fans expect?
People say I can only make dark music. I think that is an oversimplification. I consider dark music to be a wide spectrum from aggression to melancholia, but I can assure you that ‘atrophy’ is the darkest material we’ve ever worked on (so far).
And what else do you have in store for 2022? Aside from the upcoming album, any other shows, singles, collaborations, etc. to announce?
I have consistently dropped a project every year since 2019 this will not change.
Lastly, I’d like to thank you for your time. I wish you the best of luck and leave the space open for you to mention anything else. Cheers!
Thank you, God Bless. ‘atrophy’ out on Halloween.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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