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Amigos, ahora prepárense que de a poco se viene lo destacado en cuanto a entrevistas en este blog. De verdad, ni hasta yo mismo lo creo, pero es verdad, así que a gozar nada más. De momento colocare una banda Estadounidense de Black Metal, Panopticon, posteados en este blog solamente con la versión de un split hecho con una banda Canadiense llamada Skagos, muy bueno el split, además que Skagos es candidato serio a ser entrevistado más adelante. Lo que falta es bastante, tienen dos Lps, tres splits más y un disco de compilado de grandes éxitos. Tranquilos que los colocare todos, de momento Panopticon es una de las bandas que mas estoy escuchando, así que podrán comprender la alegría que siento al colocar esta entrevista en “Mi” blog. Tal cual.
Si con esa frase de “ahora se viene lo destacado en cuanto a entrevistas” lastimo las susceptibilidades o el amor propio de los entrevistados predecesores, les digo amigos con sinceridad: no es mi intención en modo alguno y, además, si disfrutan del Metal tanto como yo creo que hasta me encontraran razón en la frase, aunque insisto: no es mi intensión.
Al poco tiempo que comencé este blog me di cuenta de una cosa: hay bandas que merecen ser posteadas. Ahora esta el siguiente pensamiento: hay bandas que merecen ser entrevistadas. De que se pueda, esa ya es otra cosa.
Después de hablar directamente con el amigo Austin, el individuo tras Panopticon, concordamos en que le enviaría las preguntas vía email para él luego enviar las respuestas. Bueno, llegaron. Y como el nerviosismo y la emoción superan por lejos el orden, en este caso en particular nada más, adelantare la entrega de la entrevista. Hare algo que ya he pensado bastante y me parece lo más correcto, pues estoy al tanto de que así como en Chile Panopticon es una banda altamente desconocida nada me hace pensar que en otros lados la conozcan más que yo; me refiero a Europa, Asia y hasta en los mismos Estados Unidos, así que hare lo que considero correcto: colocare la entrevista posteada dos veces: una primera entrega completamente en Ingles (mucho más rápida y a la mano, además que así me da tiempo de traducirla) y la segunda entrega ya traducida al Español. De esta forma creo que le estoy haciendo un favor a casi todo el mundo.
Esta entrevista va dedicada íntegramente al gran amigo Liam Hughes, sin su apoyo esta entrevista hubiera tardado mucho más de lo que se demoro. Además que él sabe todo lo que ayudo, así que es parte integral de esta entrevista. Quien sabe de las venideras.
A todos los demás les digo: se vienen cosas importantes en cuanto a entrevistas, atentos nomás, un saludo grande a todos.
Un abrazo a la distancia al amigo Austin: thanks a lot for your time.
Felipe: What can you say about yourself, as a presentation, and also your work with Panopticon?
Panopticon: My name is Austin and I am the sole member of Panopticon.
Felipe: Can you define the sound of Panopticon?
Panopticon: Panopticon is a Metal Band. It leans towards Black Metal, but there are many other elements present such as Folk, Bluegrass, World Music, Progressive Metal, Post Rock, Crust and Death Metal.
Felipe: Can you name the bands that have become important to your personal life and if they have relation with the band’s compositions?
Panopticon: Amebix, Katatonia, Neurosis, Slowdive, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Cash, Hank Williams, Emperor, Dark Throne and Bathory to name a few as influences. I am a big fan of music and listen to many different genres and I am pretty deep into many of them. I like lots of obscure stuff as well and I am interested in music that is honest and real.
Felipe: Can you explain the way that you entered in metal music?
Panopticon: I grew up with music in Memphis, TN. My old man was a drummer and nurtured me as a drummer. He took me to see lots of music down on Beale St. to see the Blues, took me to music fests and always pushed me to play music. I continued on from there, playing in bands and jamming with friends.
Felipe: In the beginnings, what kind of music did you listen to?
Panopticon: As a kid I listened to some Progressive Rock and Metal, Blues and World Music. Then got into Punk as a teen. From there I got into Darker Hardcore and Crust and back into Metal.
Felipe: Can you do an introduction to your participation in other parallel musical projects?
Panopticon: I have done session work with some other Black Metal projects and I used to sing and play guitar in a Blackened Death band. After a few tours and some creative differences, I left and started Panopticon.
Felipe: Can you explain the motivation to give form to Panopticon?
Panopticon: I just wanted a creative outlet and a space to write lyrics about issues that are important to me.
Felipe: Can you describe the process of recording the albums? Do you count with support of session musicians?
Panopticon: No, it is just me. Every now and then I will have a guest vocalist, but it is just me making the music. The writing process is very spontaneous. It is a common misconception that I crank out records....most of the time I am working on several records at the same time. Over a long period of time. Each record has it's own vibe and emotion, so it just depends on what is inspiring me at the time, depending on what I work on. Right now I have one new full length in the mixing stages and 3 splits in the mixing stages. I am conceptualizing another full length and messin' around with it as well.
Felipe: What kind of ideas are behind Panopticon’s music?
Panopticon: Mostly my observations of the world. I have a deep love for Anarchism and History, so that is a huge part of it. I have a passion for simple living, travelling and the wilderness, so that plays a huge part in what I write about.
Felipe: How has been the response from people and press to Panopticon's albums?
Panopticon: I would say it has been pretty good. It has gone way further than I ever thought it would.
Felipe: Can you explain why do you record different versions of your songs? That’s because the song seeing?
Panopticon: You may be referring to”...speaking...” I wanted to do a Bluegrass version simply because I just like that song a lot. I did "...seeing...” on the "On the Subject of Mortality" record a kind of a sequel to that track. It deals with desperate issues such as animal exploitation and a spiritual search, both of which are issues I have a strong feeling about and a struggle with.
Felipe: Can you explain the development of the sound of Panopticon, because I know that in your beginning you have a more crust-hardcore music influence?
Panopticon: There were elements of Crust...I think 2 parts that had d-beats in them, but Panopticon was never intended to be a Crust Band in any way. I love a lot of Crust, but I have no interest in playing that kind of music anymore. I want to explore other ideas and styles.
Felipe: Do you have intentions to play alive with Panopticon?
Panopticon: Yes, one day. I have a cast of musicians but some of them are in other countries, some of them are out west....it would just take a lot of work to make it happen. I would like to see it happen soon, but I just don't think it is an option for 2011 at this point.
Felipe: What kind of bands do you listen in the moment?
Panopticon: Right now I am listening to an old John Lee Hooker Lp. I have been really into Muddy Waters, JB Lenoir, Junior Kimbrough and Lightnin' Hopkins. As far as Metal goes I have been listening to Dio era Sabbath, Blood of the Black Owl, Wodensthrone, Dissection and Altar of Plagues.
Felipe: In the logo of the band we can see Mjolnir. How you interpret that, because it’s a strong symbol?
Panopticon: Mjolnir is a symbol of strength and fertility. Norse farmers believed it would help their crops prosper and found strength in it. Also in the logo is the helm of awe, which was a Scandinavian protection symbol, protecting from abusive authority and domination and meant to strike fear into the hearts of our enemies.
Felipe: What’s the origin of the name of the band?
Panopticon: Jeremy Bentham's architectural model, the Panopticon.
Felipe: Those speeches in your songs, where you get him?
Panopticon: The ones on "On the Subject" are from Gothi Patrick Flanary, my Gothi and friend. He performed my wife, Bekah, and I's hand fasting and has been a spiritual adviser and friend to me for many years.
The rest are samples from lectures and films.
Felipe: Can you do an introduction to the formation of Lundr Records, how it works, I mean to the design of cd´s, funding and distribution.
Panopticon: I do the all the graphic design for Panopticon. Bekah does much of the photography. Lundr records is my DIY label that I do demos and splits through, but at this point I can't handle the volume and demand that Panopticon has brought, so at this point I just leave Panopticon releases to labels.
Felipe: About Seidr, a band that I enjoy a lot, Can you do an introduction of your participation in the band and the ideas behind the songs?
Panopticon: I play guitar and sing for Seidr. I also have been recording the drums on our official releases. We had a different drummer on the "cosmic" demo. Our lyrics mostly deal with spiritual issues.
Felipe: Can you name the bands that influence the sound of Seidr?
Panopticon: Neurosis, Candlemass, Swans, early My Dying Bride, Saint Vitus.
Felipe: Can you name the members of Seidr?
Panopticon: Jack Hannert, Wesley Crow, Adam Nicholson and our live session drummer J Brafford.
Felipe: The band’s that make the split’s with you, are your friends? Do you know them in person? And, Could you recommend us some bands?
Panopticon: So far, yes. I tend to do splits with bands I have a personal connection with.
As far as bands I recommend: Blood of the Black Owl, Falls of Rauros, Wodensthrone, Fauna, just to name a few.
Felipe: How is your daylife: do you work, the music is your main occupation, or is it your label?
Panopticon: I work in social services with troubled teens, abuse victims and families in crisis. Panopticon doesn’t pay the bills because most people download the records.
Felipe: This space is for a personal thoughts or a goodbye. All yours.
Panopticon: Thanks to everyone who has supported my music. I sincerely appreciate you all.