Interview with Bassist Alec Larsen of Sepulchre Of Man
By Mick Michaels
COSMICK VIEW: Hello, Alec! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it's greatly appreciated.
Alec Larsen: Thanks to you guys for the opportunity.
CV: Do you feel that
it's still possible for an unknown band today to be plucked out of obscurity
and make it to stardom? Can a dedicated core of fans sharing their music make
that possible or has the internet and social media changed the game?
AL: I think the music industry has changed. It's easier than ever to be able to produce music in one's own bedroom. This means a huge saturation of music and therefore the likelihood of being "plucked from obscurity" is next to nothing. It's all about the work that the band is willing to do.
CV: Do you feel that
given the accessibility and social awareness of modern times that a music
underground still even exists today as it once did?
AL: I do believe that there's still an underground despite the accessibility to social awareness tools. It actually relates the abovementioned saturation. There's so much music that it's difficult to escape being buried in the saturation and lots of extreme music still remains underground.
CV: What do you see as
the biggest difference in music and how it is perceived from back say 35 years
ago compared to music today? Has both the music and the artist evolved from
your point of view?
AL: Things have changed, definitely. It used to be extremely difficult and expensive to create and album and this is no longer the case.
CV: Do you believe bands
and artists who have the biggest impact on fans and other artists are aware
that they are or is there more of a tunnel vision sort of process for them
keeping them somewhat in the dark? Can influential artists see past their own
work to be aware of the ripples they make?
AL: I think successful bands can see that they're successful. To me, the measure of success is if the band can do this as their primary source of income then they are successful. In which case, these bands are aware of the impact, as it is their bread and butter.
CV: Does music need to
be influential to be considered worth listening to in your opinion? Or can
music simply be just an enjoyable auditory experience devoid of substance?
AL: Music does not need to be influential to be worth listening to. The corollary of this is also true, just because something is influential doesn't mean that it's worth listening to. I guess it's all about taste.
CV: The world has been
rocked by the COVID pandemic. The economy has been sent into a tail spin
in its wake, unfortunately. Bands worldwide have been restricted with
performing live and some it seems, restricted from earning a living. How
has the pandemic affected your band? Are you hopeful that 2021 will see many of
the restrictions lifted?
AL: Sepulchre Of Man has not really been affected. We decided to start with the album before playing live. We do hope that 2021 will see many restrictions lifted, so that we're able to tour to promote our album.
CV: What do you feel
artists and bands can do right now to stay relevant, especially in an
environment, such as the present, where performing in front of a live audience
is being restricted? What immediate options do you see available?
AL: Bands need to produce more music and release singles. It's the only way to keep people interested.
CV: As an artist, what have you learned from the events of 2020? Are those lessons learned different for you as a person than as an artist or are they one in the same in your opinion?
AL: I'm lucky enough to still be able to do my main job. I think it points out the need to always have something to fall back on.
CV: What's next? What
can fans expect to see coming in 2021?
AL: Our debut album, The Reckoning, will be available late 2021. In the meantime, our first single is out 14 January 2021 via MMD Records: https://orcd.co/curtain_call_presave
CV: Thank you again Alec for spending some time talking and
sharing with our readers. It was such a pleasure. I wish you all the best.
AL: Thanks so much for the interview. It was awesome.
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