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Interviews (EBM, Electro, Electronica) Interview- Aesthetic Perfection

Interview: Aesthetic Perfection

Interviewer: Phill Bruce

Date: 6-27-11

Aesthetic Perfection has become a big player on the alternative scene.  With their unique electro- industrial sound, complimented by Daniels aggressive vocal tone they have produced some excellent sounds for today’s alternative scene.  Daniel kindly took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us.


Phill – Firstly may me thank you for agreeing to this interview with Grave Concerns Ezine.  Can you please introduce yourself?

AP – Hi my name is Daniel, I'm 28, and I drink.

 

 

Phill – So tell me how did you come to have the name Aesthetic Perfection?

AP – It was something that just sort of came to me. I don't even recall the moment when it did, just that the next day I called a friend to get his opinion on it. In the end, though, it's meant to be a metaphor for something unattainable. Everyone wants to be perfect, everyone strives to be, but it is something no one can ever achieve.

Phill – So what are your musical influences?

AP –  My musical tastes are best described as schizophrenic, especially my mix CD's and iTunes playlists. It jumps from Every Time I Die to Dave Matthews' Band to 50 Cent to Justice. If it's got a good melody, a good riff or a good beat I'm into it.

Phill – How long was it before you got signed to a record label?

AP – It took a couple of years before anyone showed much interest in me. I was sending out demos and going to clubs and asking DJ's to play my tracks. Finally I gave the CD to DJ Bractune in LA and he liked it so much he started a record label to release it. On his subsequent trips to Germany he got my demo into the hands of Out of Line and the rest is history.

Phill – How hard was it to get your music out there and how did you promote yourself?

AP – I promoted myself a lot on mp3.com and different file sharing programs. Audiogalaxy was where I think I really began to gain fans. This was before MySpace so I was just collecting e-mail addresses from people and spamming the fuck out of everyone I could. I probably annoyed a lot of people but it also seemed to work.

Phill – I was sorry to hear that Necessary Response ended in 2009, you played Spilling Blood at Das Bunker in L.A.  Did you get a good reaction from the fans?

AP – We've been playing Spilling Blood for a long time now. It's pretty much the only song off the NR album I can stand so I think we'll keep playing it.

Phill – There is very much a difference in the vocals between Necessary Response and Aesthetic Perfection, Daniel what made you want to do lighter vocals for Necessary Response?

AP – I've never sat down and said "Ok, THIS is how I'm going to sing." I've always tried to let the music dictate how the vocals should be. Originally there was no Necessary Response, lots of those songs were intended for the first AP album. It was the labels who decided that the two sounds couldn't co-exist on the same record. At the beginning I was pretty angry, but in retrospect I feel like the two sounds really weren't cohesive enough to fit on one record. With the new album I finally feel like I've begun to write dynamic yet cohesive music… which has been the goal from day 1.

Phill – Do you plan to do anything more with Necessary Response in the future?

AP – Necessary Response is dead. It is completely obsolete. It is… unnecessary.

Phill – You put your latest single The Devils in The Details free on the internet.  What are your thoughts on the internet’s affect on the music industry?

AP – As I said, at the beginning, the internet was my only way to reach people. Without it, AP would never have come so far. I have no interest in the battle between record labels and pirates. It's simply a battle that can't be won. You can't fight progress, which happens no matter what. Maybe if we had just stopped at the printing press the world would be a better place?

Phill – MySpace used to be the number one social network for helping to promote bands and unfortunately ,it is not being used to its full potential has nearly died, so what sites and social networks do you use today to promote yourself and which would you consider is the best one and why?

AP –  MySpace has been in its death throes for a while now. I don't think it's unfortunate, they just couldn't keep up. That's fine. I only do the social networking thing because I have to. Twitter and Facebook and Vampirefreaks all that shit is cool, but I doubt I'd spend nearly as much time on them if I wasn't dealing with AP related stuff. If I had to choose any of them it would be Vampirefreaks. Facebook has a much better interface, but VF is focused on a particular group of people and builds a tight community for a small and spread out sub culture. I think that is really cool.

Phill – Spit It Out has to be a modern day great, so how was Spit It Out born and what are the ideas behind it?

AP – It's really hard to say. I think it's about forcing yourself to be what you're not, for the sake of other people. I don't think about my songs like that. When I write them it's just kind of like randomly splattering paint onto a canvas. I'm just throwing out random ideas and feelings and thoughts and it comes together in a way I don't expect. Almost none of my songs are written to be about a specific situation, it's just a vague concept that is composed of multiple thoughts and ideas.

Phill – Your music has been described as terror EBM by some sources, how would you describe your style?

AP – I just make the music, it's not my job to describe it. Let fans and reviewers or whoever else come up with that shit. I have two categories of music in my mind. Good and bad.

Though, when people refer to us as "terror ebm" or some other kind of shit they obviously have no idea what Aesthetic Perfection is about. The imagery and themes of this band are completely opposite to gimmicky horror movie inspired stuff. If someone is going to label me like that, I'd just as soon as call myself emotronic. Because it pisses off elitist idiots and is, at the very least, semi accurate.

 

Phill – You left L.A. to come to Europe, what are the main differences in lifestyle that you have noticed and has it had any negative or positive impact on your band and music?

AP – As a person, leaving the US and living abroad was the best decision I ever made. It forced me to see the world from a new perspective, as an outsider in a foreign country. I had to learn a second language (which I had never done before), adapt to new customs etc… it's amazing to see how the world really views Americans. And most of the time, it's not good.

Phill – You recently remixed Lady Gaga, is there any artist/track that you would like to get your hands on to put your own signature on?

AP – I've remixed a number of pop songs. Katy Perry, Dev, Lady Gaga, Depeche Mode. I just do songs that I like. It's a break from the mundane. It lets me get out of the box a little bit. I think next I'll do a rap song like Jay Z or 50 Cent.

Phill – If someone was to write your autobiography, who would you like to write it and why?

AP – Well, autobiographies are written by the person themselves, but if I were to have a biography written about me I'd like Ray Comfort to write it. Anyone who can spew garbage like he does could definitely write a fantastic, lie riddled biography.

Phill – If you were to make an Aesthetic Perfection cocktail what weird concoction would it be and why?

AP – I've been known to create foul concoctions and manipulate people into drinking them with me. Surprisingly, the spicy ketchup and vodka was awesome.

Phill – What’s your favourite film?

AP – Pulp Fiction. Hands down.

Phill – What music are you currently listening to on your IPod or mp3 player?

AP – Marina and the Diamonds and the newest Panic! At the Disco record is fantastic.

Phill – What’s the most terrifying dream you’ve ever had?

AP – The reoccurring one where I'm standing over a giant abyss on a stairwell with no handrails.

Phill – Thanks very much for giving Grave Concerns this interview, is there anything you would like to add?

AP – Don't fall off the ledge!

Thanks again for this amazing opportunity to interview you and the band, good luck with your current tour with Combichrist in the UK.


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