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martes, 5 de enero de 2016

Year Of No Light - Interview 2015


Hay momentos en la vida en que por nuestro pensamiento cruza la idea de dejar de hacer aquello que nos genera felicidad y satisfacción personal, por la sencilla razón de no encontrarse en el mundo de lo “remunerado”. Se trata de un momento crucial y radical, de un punto de inflexión en donde nuestra esencia queda expuesta y se muestra frágil y vulnerable a la determinación que se tome.

Sin embargo, sea cual sea el momento histórico que estemos viviendo en ese crucial tiempo, nunca debemos coartar los espacios, disciplina, oficio o actividad que nos entrega felicidad en la vida. Pues son muy pocas las instancias que nos dan felicidad de forma verdadera y personal. En rigor, en esas actividades, somos nosotros mismos quienes nos proporcionamos la felicidad.

Es por esto que muchas veces estamos en un periodo en donde consideramos y reconsideramos la finalización de algunas de nuestras actividades personales…estimadas y estimados, en esos momentos es cuando debemos meditar nuestra felicidad, tomar fuerza y seguridad y nunca decir que no. Nuestra vida, nuestra esencia, nuestra esperanza se relaciona íntimamente con estas actividades personales, no debemos tener miedo y debemos saber que es mejor vivir haciendo lo que uno ama y disfruta antes que vivir desesperado por encontrase atrapado en un oficio o disciplina que desgasta nuestro estado de ánimo.

La felicidad la mayor parte del tiempo está en nuestras manos, solamente necesitamos valentía y honestidad para decir que . Es por esto que no debemos claudicar, que debemos conocernos íntimamente y dominar nuestros intereses, pues si en algo somos buenos, la vida se encargara de recompensarnos por nuestra calidad. No hay que temer los comentarios negativos de algunos ignorantes, no debemos disminuir nuestras fuerzas al escuchar críticas que emanan del desconocimiento, pues la sabiduría está en nuestras manos.

Somos seres luminosos y poderosos, conocedores de inmensos secretos, ávidos de superarnos y de establecer una continuidad en el universo, pues lo nuestro es lo mejor y es necesario que se sepa. El mundo carece de buenas voluntades, al mundo le falta sentido común. Nuestros razonamientos son una fuente poderosísima de voluntad, honorabilidad y consecuencia. No debemos temer de nada si actuamos desde la cordura y desde nuestra espiritualidad.

La vida es corta como para desperdiciarla. Si yo me hubiera dejado superar por todo lo externo no hubiera tenido la posibilidad de siquiera haber escrito un solo comentario, y ni hablar de las entrevistas. Por lo mismo, no debemos bajar los brazos ni pensar que las cosas no serán como las soñamos, pues los sueños los construimos a partir del esfuerzo, de la dedicación, de la perseverancia, de la honestidad, del sentido común y de la verdad. Créanme, no es tan difícil como se lee.

En estas últimas semanas he podido establecer varios contactos para futuras entrevistas, y he recibido devuelta las respuestas de unas enviadas. La felicidad es incalculable cuando en mi correo llegan las respuestas desde lugares distante, y cuando se trata de agrupaciones que han causado en mí una impresión portentosa, la emoción es mayor.

En esta oportunidad tengo el honor de presentar una de las últimas entrevistas por mí realizadas: desde Francia, inmersos en la vanguardia artística y musical, siendo una de las agrupaciones que más ha evolucionado la escena global del Sludge, presento a Year Of No Light.

La distinción de haber sido elegidos por ellos para ser entrevistados es algo que nunca olvidaré. Publico la entrevista realizada a esta importante agrupación.


Un saludos a los integrantes de YONL, un abrazo caluroso a tod@s. Disfruten la entrevista y disfruten la vida. Hasta siempre.




Felipe: Estimated, thank you very much for wanting to participate. I confess a follower of the band and the variability of your sound. Thank you very much for your disposition.
Year Of No Light (YONL): You’re welcome…and thank YOU for your patience!

Felipe: Can you make an introduction to the group: Path, members and albums.
YONL: Well. YONL has been active for 10 years. We’re an instrumental sextet since our 2008 line-up change. We didn’t hurry things like too many bands seem to do nowadays. Instead, we waited 3 years before even releasing a demo. We recorded our demo in 2004. And then: 3 albums, 2 live albums, several performances, several European tours, one Russian tour, one American tour. We also released many splits.
We needed sublimation. So we created this band, kind of underdeveloped orbital entity, cursed by doubts and addictions. As its weird inception, YONL was never considered as an active band and a top priority. Everybody was more or less involved in others projects. It gave us freedom; we took our time, without planning anything. We wanted intensity, trance, climax and threat, all of them embedded in a bipolar and mournful ethos. Now our aim is to sound like a bunch of retards with insane minds playing some GyörgyLigeti. It’s a matter of sonic devotion. Music against modern times.

Felipe: Your sound is so varied that trying to classify it becomes hazardous and very complicated. How do you understand, explain and describe your musical work?
YONL: I think we’re all into “progressive-trance-inducing-introspective-sonic-music”, ranging from krautrock to Black Metal through Drone, Metal, Classical or Harsh-Noise. Year of no Light is a 6 pieces band with full of amps, keyboards and drums. We try to build heavy riffs and epic atmospheric landscapes. For me, YONL is above all a praxis, an urgent need of sublimation through electricity. Every people in the band has his own influences. We just make heavy and progressive music and we really don’t care about labeling. When you have a look at what our audience looks like, you can see that it comes from Black-Metal to Concrete Music. That’s pretty cool.

Felipe: Regularly your music is defined as Sludge, Post Metal, Doom and Drone, and all together and at the same time. How do you understand these concepts and some of them block on your definition of the sound of YONL?
YONL: As I said, we just make heavy and progressive music and we rally don’t care about labeling. Year of no Light is neither a Doom band nor a Black Metal combo. We are definitely linked to these scenes but we’re not part of it, I mean we’re not actors of these scenes. Year of no Light can play with every kind of band (Nadja, Entombed, Jesu, Gorgoroth, Nifelheim, FFB, Master Musician of Bukkake, Explosion in the Sky, Red Sparrowes…) and in every kind of event (from creepy basements to big festivals).

Felipe: What musical and artistic groups could nominate as an influence when forming Year Of No Light? Personally, what are the musical groups that members of YONL listen and enjoy?
YONL: We love music in all its forms. The music can be epic, massive, minimalist, deeply moving and remain abstract and elusive. It is both an archaic and an incredibly complex form of art. This is why we cannot be limited to just one form of music.

Felipe: Was there any political, ideological, philosophical or sociological element that influenced when starting with YONL?
YONL: I’d rather say metaphysical elements. And it’s still the case. A kind of metaphysical crash. It’s a matter of narratives and sublimation. Literature surrounds often YONL’s creative process (W. Burroughs, Leon Bloy, J.K. Huysmans, L.F. Celine, E. Junger…) And I think cinema and painting play an equal role in YONL inspiration.

Felipe: Your career is crossed by the exploration and an edgy look of the musical and compositional activity. What are the thoughts and conversations held as group when building a new album?
YONL: It takes a lot of time for our songs to reach their “maturity”, their appropriate configuration. We have to think about the entire track. We have to manage lots of dynamics, of harmonics event, deal with sound textures and all that stuff and of course serve the purpose of the narration. To sum it up, we have to be both architects and painters.

Felipe: The idea of working collaboratively with other groups is a kind of constant in you. Is it just a coincidence or you prioritize to know and work together with other musical groups? Is there some kind of filter in the selection or is it something determined by others?
YONL: We just let things happen. But you’re right, we always try to develop a real collaboration when working with other bands. It’s also an opportunity to explore others musical shores and experiences. And also build some cool & strong friendships!

Felipe: Some of your latest compositions stand out as being musicalized full. Is there some underlying reason for prioritizing the lack of vocalizations or is it mere coincidence? Do you find interesting expressed only through music?
YONL: Music speaks for itself. We like to get lost in sound. We try to share this transcendental experience with the audience.

Felipe: For me Neurosis is one of the most important groups in terms of lyrical, musical innovation and authenticity. Are you aware of the group and generates in you some kind of reflection?
YONL: We’re Neurosis fans since day one.

Felipe: Are you aware of any American group, and more particularly a Chilean?
YONL: Mar de Grises, Mourners Lament. I know there is also a lot of Chilean death metal combos. Btw, we would love touring your country, and, more broadly, Latin America!

Felipe: What comes will reflection of the current situation that is living in Europe for thousands of refugees? ¿You catch a glimpse a solution?
YONL: Shame & anger. Police everywhere. FTW.

Felipe: How is the recognition of the fans in Europe?
YONL: It’s an honor when you go to places you’ve never been before and when people tells you how much they really dig your sound. Having a decent following through the world (well the Occidental one) as well as having several good reviews allow us to meet and discover other countries, people and way of thinking music and it’s a real luck.

Felipe: Your album "Nord" was a breath of fresh air at a time when the scene was saturated. How do you observe now after these nearly ten years?
YONL: The demo and “Nord”, our first album, were described by some reviews as “The Cure playing Sludge”. At this time we were 5, with only one drummer and a frontman. Then we the discarded our singer (RIP) and we became a massive instrumental entity crafting a sepulchral and down tuned incantation seeking for vengeance with a majestic and mournful vibe. The actual line-up is the critical configuration we were looking for. It allows YONL to expand its sonic devotion to wilder landscapes. Due to its peculiar logistical architecture, the band is now more a kind of “Electrical Orchestra” than an average Rock or Metal band.

Felipe: Are you working on new songs? Can you anticipate something?
YONL: We’re currently working on the next album.

Felipe: What bands are listening now?
YONL: Well, as for as I’m concerned, here is a short list: Tommy Cash, Paradise Lost, Tribulation, Baron, Zombi, Heldon, Gasmask Terror, Laibach, Tyranny, Dark Buddha Rising, Masses, Klaus Schutze, Beherit, Born Against, Arvo Part, Debussy. We’re all listening to a broad range of different music styles and genres

Felipe: How has the reception of specialized media and fans of your albums? Because although a sort of continuity is observed, it is undeniable that in essence the band has evolved musically.
YONL: Quite good indeed! After our second album and the line-up change, our audience shifted toward a more extreme Metal & experimental edge. That’s pretty cool.

Felipe: Thank you very much for your time and interest in wanting to participate in the interview. This space is for you to say goodbye or make a personal reflection. All yours.
YONL: Thanks a lot for your support!


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