JOHN R1SE probably is not a name any of you are familiar with at all. This Russian composer focuses in on cinematic electrorock, utilizing his talents in his home countries for both his own pleasure and for commercials. Hard at work on his debut album, his EP "Overcome" has given a taste of what the man is capable of doing. With that said, I talked to R1SE to get to know him, his influences, and his happenings over in Siberia.
Hello and welcome to Brutal Resonance! Let's start off with some basics. Tell us who you are and what type of music you create.
R1SE - "Hey Brutal guys! You know my name and i think this will be unnecessary.
I'm a composer from Russia, from Siberia, to be exact. I'm not sure, but maybe I identified my music with the weather conditions. Generally my music is a combination of aggressive and dramatic moods, in the form of hard hybrid electrorock and orchestral elements."
You used to have a project called Red Online, but that is no more. What happened with the project and why did you decide to move on?
R1SE - "I created this project with my friend Andrey, but a few years later we realized that we wanted to create different styles of music. Presently Andrey retired from the music scene, but i'm still trying to create something great."
You've done a bunch of remixes for FiXT remix contests in the past. Do you have a fondness for that label and Celldweller?
R1SE - "FiXT is something like a first point for me, a place where i started produce my different ideas independently. Yes, I have a certain liking for this label and Celldweller too, but now it's in past for me. Now I found my way and my team."
What made you leave from the music scene for some time? Was it personal choice or just another issue?
R1SE - "It's a question about skills. One of Red Online's problems was the quality of arranging and mixing. I tried to make the best results, but in this time we were poor students, we did not have enough time and money. Overall this process consumed too much time. After ending our band, I concentrated on improving my skills and tried to find ways to earn from music."
Your new EP, "Overcome", is set to be your comeback. What is the album about and what does it sound like in your own words?
R1SE - "Oh, this EP is about my epic fantasies. Inside we are all children, but outside everything around me is really boring. So, my new music is something like a soundtrack for stories in my head, where I am a main character of course.
Seriously I think it's one more question about skills. In the past and now I have dreamed of writing music for movies, maybe for really great blockbusters if I'm lucky. These tracks shows my new experience and I hope they will help me to find new contacts, which in turn will help me to be closer to my dream."
Did you have any inspiration for this album when you wrote it? If so, where did it come from?
R1SE - "Inspiration was everywhere. Seriously, I can be inspired by movies, by good music, by talking with anyone, even by a glass of some alcohol, if I drank it at the right time of course. I do not remember, was the end of the 2012, when I started writing these tracks. I was probably inspired by the work. Then I worked for a company engaged in video-production, it was something new for me. Every day, new shooting, new locations, various technical things (oh yeah, engineering in any form is a great force), new people, girls in particular, overall is enough reasons to be inspired. By the way the first track on the album was originally written for commercials, but by the end there were more orchestral elements than originally anticipated, and I decided to do something with it."
Al Defender and Exaige came for a remixes. How did they transform the songs?
R1SE - "So, Al Defender fully reconstructed the original track. Now it includes more electronic sounds, and overall its sound is like a very stylish electronic-orchestral hybrid. Really, when I listen this track I see something like a fashion show or end titles of some design movie. I think it's a really interesting result, and for sure it makes the album more diverse.
Exaige is my friend, we both lives in Novosibirsk, but met through FiXT Remix. It happened when we started our first remix contest as "Red Online". Since then, I always share the experience with him, and jokingly call him 'padawan'. His potential took shape and you can hear it in his work. I produced a little bit of his work, gave advice and helped with mixing, but in any case, everything that you can hear - they were his ideas. Specifically it's an awesome orchestral-dubstep song, full of epic agression and dynamic sound. Best way to finish that EP I think."
And, I know you are working on a full album for 2015-16. Can we have some details on that? Or is that behind closed doors for now?
R1SE - "Well, I think i can add 3-4 new tracks and couple new remixes, but I don't have an exact plan. Now I'm producing a lot of music for commercial purposes, and it requires a lot of time and effort, but I hope I can find forces inside to release the full album at the end of this year or early next year. Except time, I have one more problem. It's about wholeness and monotony on the other side. In the first, third and fifth track you can hear really similar sounds and song structures. From one side it's a good decision - it's my recognizable style. But from the other side these tracks may sound monotonous if you listen to them in a row. in general, I have to find a new solution, where new tracks will not stand out from the overall sound, but at the same time will bring something new."
And, do you have any live shows planned for the future? Or is that something not on your agenda as of right now?
In general, one day I'll be ready to start live performances again, but for the next couple of years I plan to write more awesome music and expand my audience. If one fine day you will meet a impudent stranger, who shoves headphones into your ears and forces you to listen to his music - you know it will be me."
Lastly, I thank you for your time. Cheers!
R1SE - "Thank you for your questions guys, see you!"
I would say that the most important thing in life and probably our biggest freedom is for people to be themselves. And if a person has the opportunity to express themselves, they shall not hesitate to do that for one second. And it's not a question of doing that in a creative or artistic form of art. So I think that would be my last words. If you can express yourself, DO IT!
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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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