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Interview with O Emperor

 Interview with O Emperor
How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is
there a story behind the
name?The title “Vitreous”
means glass like or transparent, so we thought it
suited the
sound of the record. There’s some juxtaposing sounds going
on,
sometimes it’s very smooth and full of color and light but
often gets
interrupted by very abrasive and sharp guitar or
synths noises.

We also designed the album cover before we
came up with the title and that
happened to be a picture of a
glass head made up of broken pieces of glass,
so we kind of
matched the name up to that too.

What is the difference
between your last CD and your current one?

We discovered this
really old analogue synth in one of our parents
houses, so that
features heavily on this record and it brought a new sound
to the
band. We were also listening to a lot of Kraftwerk, 80s David
Bowie
and MGMT etc so those bands had an influence on this record
and ultimately
made it sound very colourful and a bit more
enigmatic.

How much creative control do you have over your
music?

We’ve always recorded ourselves so, we’re lucky in
that sense to be able to
have complete freedom to experiment and
maybe self indulge in influences.

Do you have any interesting
stories about how fans have been affected by
your music?

One
zealous fan said that “if we don’t make it big, he’s going to
dig the
head off someone!”…..I guess some people should
start worrying.

What was your big break that got you into the
music business?

We were invited to play a festival a few
years back in the Rhu Glenn in
Kilkenny here in Ireland, it was a
massive festival with some great acts on
the bill ,so the
exposure was amazing for us as a young band at the time.

What
drives you?

Our Fathers

What do you think about
today’s music industry?

I think for an independent band it’s
very good. The accessibility of music
over the Internet, while
taking away from sales, on the plus side, means
that smaller
bands can find their way onto peoples music collections, where
they
may not have been if it was just accessible through buying the
record
in a shop. We find that when touring abroad, people will
come down to check
out the show because they were curious and
checked out the songs on the
Internet beforehand and liked what
they heard.

What moments in your career stand out in your
memory as highlights and
achievements which you are proud
of?

Recording and releasing this record ourselves is
something we’re
very proud of. The reviews have been really
positive here in Ireland and
abroad too so were very excited to
be able to get out and play all over
Europe. Going back, I guess
getting our first album Hither Thither
nominated for Irish album
of the year was one of the stand out moments.

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