– Hi, thanks for your time. What are you currently up to? How is everything doing right now with TRIOSCAPES?
Things are just fine, I’m at home relaxing and working on new music. Trioscapes got done with a couple months of touring and now we’re laying low until the record comes out next month and we’ll start doing some shows in the fall.
– First off, why did you choose «Trioscapes» as the name for the band? What’s the meaning behind i?
Well there are three of us, so we are a trio. We felt like at least that much should be in the name. And it’s just kind of a play on the idea of the soundscapes made by the three of us, and thus Trioscapes.
– You are about to release your new album, entitled «Digital Dream Sequence». What are your expectations on this opus?
We never really have expectations with our music, we just push ourselves as much as we can to be our best and to keep evolving. Anything that happens after that is just a pleasant surprise!
– This new record has a bigger dose of musical fusion, providing a more enjoyable and dynamic final outcome. Was this how you envisioned the album or do you just go with the flow?
The writing is always about what feels natural, and this one just took on more of a fusion feeling naturally. But it’s like our take on the whole «fusion» thing. We’re inspired by groups like Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever, but just as much we love Mr. Bungle and CAN and whatever, so it all just ends up sounding like a mix of all the things we’re into. We definitely felt like we locked in more with someone that felt like «us» on this album as opposed to the first, where we were just kind of writing and having no idea what we really sounded like.
– The energy level is also higher I could say. How easy is to keep the same level of intensity and energy from start to end? How much of an effect does the tracklist have on this?
All that comes from playing live. This group has a much higher level of intensity live and we really wanted to capture that on this album. I feel like we also were able to expand on the free time moments that we always enjoy live and it was important to integrate that into what we’re doing on the record, and keeping all the dynamics feeling natural and not overly compressed in the mix. We knew the album would start with «Digital Dream Sequence» I think ever since we wrote it, and «Stab Wounds» keeps the energy up before it really mellows a bit on «From the Earth to the Moon» and «Hysteria» is definitely the wildest moment, and it all builds to the epic 15 minute finale «The Jungle», so yeah there was a bit of thought put into the tracklist.
– As I said, your music is realy diverse and not really simple I could say so, where do you draw inspiration from to create yous songs?
We just write off each other’s parts and try to do a lot with less, doing tons of variations on each melody or rhythm and we flesh out the contour of the song from there and fill in the gaps. A lot of it is highly composed and all charted out in musical notation, but we have some great moments of writing on the spot which is always exhilarating and works relaly well in this group.
– In fact I personally think this new «Digital Dream Sequence» is your most mature effort to date, and represents the best the idea of what TRIOSCAPES is. Could you say both the 2 year gap between your last two albums and the bound of the band playing live has helped getting this result?
Absolutely, it was such a huge part of us feeling so good playing together and knowing each other musically a lot better. Walter and I are super busy with our other musical groups, so we just made all the time we had together over the last two years really count and I can say that our live shows now are tighter than ever and I’m really excited to see what we even do next.
– Your sound is quite unique, taking influence from different styles. Due to this I would like to know if everyone is involved in the songwrting process and if each one of you brings their own different influences or if you rather have a similar taste.
Yeah we all are hands on with writing. Songs like «Digital Dream Sequence» or «From the Earth to the Moon» are examples of tunes I brought in pretty well done and all charted out, whereas «Hysteria» was just a monster we worked on over the span of two afternoons and is largely based on sax melodies Walter wrote and Matt and I came up with a million different rhythmic variations under them. «Stab Wounds» was a few parts our drummer had that I added melodies too and then we expanded on them. I love writing off his parts because they’re absolutely mental and lend themselves perfectly to a chaotic and crazy song like «Stab Wounds»!
– How easy is to create such a dynamic music, with so many changes and twists?
It’s a lot of fun. All the groups I’m in have no rules and it’s fun to see what you can do within the context of each one. Trioscapes thrives on having real quiet moments to blaring, absolute insanity and it’s real important for us to capture that.
– All this about «Digital Dream Sequence» being said; how could you describe it in just 3 words?
Trippy as fuck.
– And finally, what are your near-future plans?
I’m in the middle of writing new music for Between the Buried and Me, and my other group ORBS just got some final mixes back for a 7″ single we’ll be releasing this fall. Lots going on!
– That’s all, thank you once more for answering our questions. If you want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Thanks for the interview! Hopefully we get over there on this album, we’re ready to come to Europe as soon as someone offers us a tour!