Interview with Pascal Lanquetin (Composer & Guitarist) of Carcariass and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
PL: -Basically we are a simple band like there are so many, people passionate about music and their instruments, with no other ambition than to have fun.
The experience, the feeling and a minimum of seriousness makes the rest.
PD: Can you tell us a bit about your background – where you come from, how you got into music, etc.?
PL: When I was a kid, I wasn’t destined for music, at the time there was no internet (a great source of cultural diffusion), the radio/TV media in France were of a distressing mediocrity (it’s still the case today) and only broadcast debilitating commercial music without any musical interest. So I didn’t like anything and didn’t listen to anything!
And then one day by chance I came across an iron maiden audio cassette (powerslave), the classy cover attracted me, and I was curious to slip this object in my father’s radio cassette.
That was the slap in the face that changed my life 😉
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, be it in terms of musical or other influences? What do you like to talk about in your songs?
PL: -We are all naturally and unconsciously influenced by what surrounds us, by the emotions, images and music that made us vibrate.
It’s hard to talk about one thing more than another, it’s really a mix of everything.
The notable fact, which differentiates everyone, is that I will keep, develop a musical idea that came out of my improvisations and neck fiddling on my guitar, or put it in the garbage. So a differently influenced person would think it was great!
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
PL: I don’t have the ambition and rockstar dreams of my 20’s for sure!
I compose without any pressure, without wondering if I’ll like it or not, I just make music with the infinite pleasure of not only playing it but creating it.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your musical career so far?
PL: Every album release gives me enormous satisfaction, you always have your favorites, the good and the not so good.
But it’s always the result of hundreds of hours of creation, of work alone or in group, of discussions and negotiations sometimes very hot!
And when you finally have the album in your hands, you can be proud of having done the work until the end.
PD: Promoting your music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the home studio era. How does it work?
PL: I don’t really deal with that part, and I must admit that I’m not interested at all!
Fortunately, Bertrand (drums) takes care of all that and gets us out of our bedroom!
But hey, we don’t have a secret formula…
PD: And how do you manage to book and promote your concerts and tours? Any upcoming performances?
PL: -Because of our side activities, professional or not, we don’t have the availability for big tours or far away concerts, we look at it on a case by case basis according to the proposals made,
Playing is always a pleasure, we take it as a nice outing with friends with lots of good memories and hangovers!
There are dates that are being prepared, but nothing confirmed at the time I’m talking to you.
PD: What do you think about online music downloading? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
PL: It’s its greatest misfortune, but also its opportunity!
If we talk about the business point of view it has sunk a whole industry more or less wormy and resting on its assets, those who could not adapt have disappeared.
For the pure musical creation, it allowed any artist to finally be able to spread to the whole world in all freedom, easily and without limitation of borders, languages, distributions, labels and others…
Spotify is part of this new ecosystem, far from perfect, shared by monopolies with little competition that rule.
I hope that in the future the market will evolve and diversify and free itself from big money machines like Spotify and others.
On the web, like social networks, virtual money, everything is difficult to control in the long term, it collapses as quickly as it becomes huge.
PD: What song would you have liked to write and why?
PL: From my point of view, music being only feeling and emotions, at the moment when I compose it must come out naturally all alone, without asking myself any questions or setting a goal.
The cool thing is that I have no frustration or regret and each composition is, at the moment I release it, THE song I would have liked to do.
So I’m always happy!
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry that you would change if you could?
PL: -As soon as there is business around something it becomes rotten, the music industry is a perfect example of that, and always has been.
Money has always corrupted art, and everyone is complacent in this mess (artists and producers alike) and it will never change.
Well, it will change when after a nuclear apocalypse and there is nothing left but ruins, the music-loving survivors will make some music with pieces of wood on skulls without thinking of making a business out of it…
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PL: -Big project that is in the final stages!
In fact the next album is now recorded and mastered, I can’t wait for it to be released (very soon!)
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
PL: -You can listen to our music on all platforms (Spotify, Apple Music,…), you can buy our CDs and merchandising on our bandcamp page carcariass.bandcamp.com
Thanks a lot for this interview and the interest you have for Carcariass!