Goddess Of Fate Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
GOF. A hybrid artist. We generated 100 pieces of the random genres. Take it, throw it in the can, spin it around and come out with something that wasn’t fertilizer. When it finished it was like the birth of rock’n’roll.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
GOF. I play in this band called Goddess of Fate. We’ve been together since around 2008/2009. We released an EP called A Reversal of Civilization in 2012 when we were still Technical Death Metal band and now we are ready to unleash this beast called Spiral Orchard pt. 1 on May 31st. It will be in two parts since there is no band that allowed to released a double album other than Pink Floyd (and Beatles)
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
GOF. There isn’t one thing in particular. rather, a lot of different things give us inspiration. Me and Saka, our guitar player, as a songwriter, tend to come up with tunes when we do things that are not part of our daily routine, like traveling. But even during our everyday life, we come up with tunes when we’re emotionally moved. By looking at a beautiful picture, scenery, tasting something delicious, scents that bring back memories, happy and sad things. Anything that moves our emotion gives us inspiration.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
GOF. We want to return the favour that we feel that we have received from having been so inspired, so blown away by so many other people we’ve seen play music. We just trying to return this favour, because I think it’s an important one.
Also, I don’t have any other ideas, I never really had any other ideas other than playing music. So in conclusion, we don’t have any ambitions or goals to speak of. We just get up. We just live
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
GOF. We as a band try to obtain as much information as possible, such as the concept and the scenario and then after we have some kind of an image for the music we try to stay consistent with that. Other than that, We expand our image freely, thinking things like “what is the feel?”, “maybe like this?”, “that would be interesting”, and we even think about the situations that aren’t related to the concept as long as we sort of enjoy the process. Eventually these images come together to become one path, and that is usually the time I get the “this-is-it!” moment.
All of our musical experience is based on the the possibility of repetition. You have to go into something and hear it again and again. Brian Eno said that Modern Jazz wouldn’t have existed without recording, because to make improvisations sound sensible, you need to hear them again and again, so that all those little details that sound a bit random at first start to fit. You anticipate them and they seem right after a while. That’s all about our songs. We have to build and listen to it over and over again to get the idea. That’s why it took so long to create this album.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
GOF. There is a band called Fugazi from DC that really inspired us in terms of promoting music and shows. They released their own albums and booked their own gigs. I know there are tons of bands who do all that kind of stuffs, especially in underground scene. But I never knew a band that do it as successful as them. In this case, they are our idol and our “OK sign”. Whenever I promoting music I always thought “What will Ian MacKaye think about this ?”
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
GOF. It’s a little bit, not a lot revenue of that. You couldn’t make a living from streaming or downloads. Downloading or buying a record on iTunes is a similar price to buying a physical CD, at least for us here in Indonesia. But I don’t really know. I still want it to go back to what it was before, because that’s who I am, I like the physical product.
But on the other hand, it is better for a band from the middle of nowhere, like us, to released music on digital platform, since it will be easier for people around the world to access our music.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
GOF. My interest in the record industry itself is actually extremely low. In fact I generally think of it as pretty odious. So in some ways, the only way to get our music out, the only way we would feel comfortable doing it, is really by putting it out ourself.
People tend to blame the industry for putting out bad quality music, while the problems lie within themselves. I mean they all said Justin Bieber sucks when at the same time his music sold ten millions copies. Somebody is lying.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GOF. Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music from 1975 . Music cannot get much more extreme than this. This is the edge of music, of sound in general.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
GOF. Depends on my mood, sometimes I hate people like I hate humanity.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
GOF. I don’t really think down into moments but Goddess of Fate lasts 10 years and people always ask me why we still playing and for me it was like we stepped off a train that was going so fucking fast that once we stepped in we couldn’t even control it anymore, it was just went on.
Come to think of it, every time we released a music, we proud of ourselves. We have such a low expectation of our accomplishment. We are happy just by creating a music, whether people like it or not.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
GOF. There will be a celebration of our accomplishment for being together 10 years playing this crazy music in July. I hope people get something from this.
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