‘We’ve all found that there is more time and headspace to be creative’ – Asian Death Crustacean stop by to discuss life in lockdown
Asian Death Crustacean are on the cusp of stardom ahead of the release of debut album Baikal on 26 June. Merging extreme metal with post-rock and ambient electronica, the band’s unique sound has caught the attention of fans from across the world. Now, fresh off the release of latest single Baikal Part II, we asked the band a few questions to discuss how these times are affecting musicians and find out a little more about how the landscape of the music industry will look moving forward.
What have you been listening to recently to ease the boredom of being cooped up?
James (drums): I’ve been listening to a lot to the latest Deathspell Omega record for the great mix of atmosphere and engaging composition. It has a huge re-listen potential, which can come in useful right now.
George (bass): I’ve been listening to Kashmere Stage Band a lot recently. I think the story of that outfit is quite cool. They were an American high school band put together by a music teacher in the late 60s, and they actually ended up getting so good that they were on par with, or even arguably surpassing, many of the funk and soul bands of the day. “All Praises” is a great track to try.
Rob (guitar): I’m really impressed with the new Ulcerate album, the way the guitar layers interact with each other gives the album a very intriguing mood.
Dan (guitar): I keep on coming back to the album Amnioverse by Lapalux. I think it’s a powerful and introspective album, and I find it inspiring how he sculpts both harsh and more hi-fi elements using a modular synthesiser. It really has a sound of its own and an otherworldly feel. If you want to hear more music that we enjoy, we have a little curated Spotify playlist that you can check out below this interview.
How have you found the extended period in isolation has impacted your creativity? Have you found it to be a blessing or a curse?
Rob: On the whole, we’ve all found that there is more time and headspace to be creative, but obviously the lockdown presents technical and physical challenges – we’re looking into a lot of solutions for remote jamming/songwriting and sharing of projects.
Have you taken to any social media platforms to deliver live performances during this time? If so, how did you find the reception?
Dan: Not as of yet. We have seen a couple of friends trying this which has been amazing but so far we’ve mostly seen it done with somewhat small/limited setups or acoustic performances. One of the very few possible upsides of the situation stretching on longer than anyone would like might be that we see people get amazing at streaming full band sets!
Do you think this time will see a rise in ‘DIY’ musicians stepping into the spotlight? Do you think this is a good thing for the industry?
James: It seems like this has been happening for a long time, ever since home recording became relatively cheap and accessible, but we’d guess that an extended lockdown is only going to be a catalyst for more movement in this direction. If it means that we get even more people learning these skills and putting their music out there, then great!
How do you think this period will shape the music landscape for the years to come?
George: The biggest losers will probably be the already struggling music venues all over, so sadly it seems certain we’ll lose another clutch of those before this is over. Current events will also probably add to the slow movement of artists towards more digital and independent means of communication and distribution.
What is the first thing you are going to do when this is all over?
Rob: Reconnect with friends and family and get out and about to finally see and play some gigs again.
Have you got a message for any of your fans that might be reading this? Any means by which they can support yourselves/the band at this time?
George: The obvious – keep yourselves safe and healthy, and we’re looking forward to seeing you again when things are looking better. As for supporting us, our debut album, Baikal, is finally releasing this summer, with one single already out and another one coming beforehand. The best thing people can do to support us is listening and sharing – check it out!
Listen to Asian Death Crustacean’s playlist: