Over the last year or so we’ve managed to find our way into quite a few new genres of music that honestly we never even knew existed. Keeping things varied here at WHATIZ we knew enough then to limit ourselves but exactly how far would we let ourselves go was the real question. So we kept an open mind and ear which eventually lead us to release one of our coolest LP’s to date, Lucid-In my dream’s an Ethereal compilation that was totally different then anything we had ever done before and it was awesome! (So how exactly does this tie in with our next featured artist?) Well as we combed the globe for would be Ethereal, Ambient and Post Rock artist we ran across this man and were we impressed! Now we’re not about necessarily reviewing albums here at WHATIZ but rather introducing them to you. In our world competition doesn’t exist, we’d rather focus on the amount of artistic expression placed into the music and how it makes you feel rather then specifics, I mean you wouldn’t try and tell a painter he painted is painting crooked would you? Music, art and expression are the unifying language spoken world wide and we’re just happy to be a part of sharing that. So without further adieu it’s our pleasure to catch up to our next featured artist for a little Q&A check it out….
For those who don’t know you yet, who are you and where are you from?
I’m João Guimarães, guitar player/producer from Gaia, Portugal and I go by, We all die! What a circus!
How would you describe your music?
It’s difficult to describe my music since I’m so close to it but I would say it revolves around atmospheres through a stream of quiet emotions. I just try to be honest with myself when I create my music.
What was your inspiration to create your most recent album, Until the Cosmos take me back!?
The theme for the album came to me when I was roaming through my thoughts about existence, the beginning and the end, and the very existence of all beginnings and ends. It sums the idea that everything, includes all of us, evolves and mutate into another state, one day our ashes will be dwelling in this earth giving life to trees, plants and animals, that will die too and will be ashes and energy to future beings.. Nothing really ends, except our ability to acknowledge our existence.
In your album you have some dark melodious guitar sounds playing in your songs: What kind/brand of guitars are you playing in this album?
I’m playing a Cort EVL-X4, a very metal-oriented guitar, with EMG 81/85 down-tuned to D Standard. I always liked the lower tuning’s, it gives depth to the sound, something that I love.
Is life or death the circus?
Definitely life. The projects name is inspired by a Charles Bukowski’s quote which I found to be very true, especially in the contemporary world: “We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
You self describe the album as a metaphysical shelter from corporate society… Do you see your music as a form of protection or healing from corporate society? How do you think your music accomplishes that?
For me music is a form of freedom. It gives me the ability to create something truly honest, without rules or trying to fit into society. I create my music as I feel it, if I don’t feel it, I won’t do it. So, it’s kind of a healing in a way, because I truly connect with my inner thoughts and emotions. Everyone needs to connect with themselves because many times humanity seems like a web of empty ropes, connected but empty.
Why the stand off between the steer and the tree on your black and white album cover?
It represents the connection and mutual need between the tree (planet earth) and the steer (all animals, including humans). The tree feeds the animal, one day the animal’s ashes will fertilize the ground for other trees to grow. It’s that mutual need and eternal loop.
“What we see is temporary but what cannot be seen is eternal”, what do you think lies in the depths of eternity?
I don’t think that any human being can see what lies in the depths of eternity, for us it’s just a concept but I imagine that eternity is space without time, it’s just there, always and forever.
Which musicians/artists have inspired you to become an artist?
Difficult question as always. There are too many but I would say Robert Fripp, Neurosis, Robert Rich.
What does your creative environment look like? Is it as shadowy as your music?
Kind of, I like to keep the lights low, it allows me to focus and sink into the sounds.
What artists/albums are you currently listening to?
What do you hope people take away or get from your music?
To have a great ride, to let their thoughts drift and let them take you through the sounds. Honestly, I make my music as I feel it, if others can feel it too that’s just extra!
-Interview by Vanessa Muro