Have you ever heard any music by Brandon Duncan from Kansas City, Missouri recently? If not, you have perhaps missed one of the most highly innovative and interesting dark music creators around who has been releasing tracks for some 20 years now. I come to think of the British artist Lustmord, sci-fi soundtracks as they should be in a perfect world, and the raw power of death metal instrumentals. If you like industry metal and dark electronica please visit his sites and consider giving him your support. Remember to take a good look at his artwork too. This guy is brilliant!
"Cognitive dissonance" from his latest album Antiprocess, fast and uncompromising "Tachyon" from the metal album Tsop and the one-track terror showdown Inchoate record are three of my personal favorites. Chaos and energy in perfect harmony. I guess this is what Big Bang sounded like at its most violent peak.
Brandon says his music is not outspoken RiWi but according to me it's as far from left wing Utopia you can come. It's a high-tech red pill manifesto. Power. Energy. Future.
THE MANDATORY SEVEN
1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC?
First of all, thanks for reaching out for this interview, I appreciate it. I first started writing music about 20 years go when I was still in high school. Music was a big part of my upbringing, both of my parents were really into rock and roll, so we always had the radio playing in the truck and often at home. I feel fortunate to have grown up when MTV still actually played music as well, so that influenced me at a young age. Being a little kid and seeing bands like ZZ Top rocking out, spinning their guitars around, and the weird/artistic music and animation of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and Dire Straits “Money For Nothing” videos, things like that, were always the coolest things in the world to me. So from an early age I always wanted to make my own music.
2. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Dark, Deep, Different.
3. NAME THREE IMPORTANT DATES IN YOUR BAND'S HISTORY AND WHY THEY MATTERED?
May 1, 2010 - Release of The Sequence of Prime : Virion
Putting this album together was a pretty daunting task. It was my first album I wrote that I really took to heart, and was dead serious about on every single level. Emotionally it was pretty taxing. So completing it and putting it out was pretty therapeutic.
October 21, 2014 - Release of Sterilizer
This was the first music I had released in a couple years, since my little Seclusia EP. There for a while I honestly felt like I had lost my ability to write anything I was happy with. I actually didn’t even play guitar or do anything musically at all for a year and a half. Then one day I just picked up my bass and started cranking out riffs. I wrote a lot of the riffs that are on the album in a single week. It was kind of like an explosion…then I spent the following months tweaking, programming the drums and things. I honestly thought no one would be that interested in it since it didn’t have any vocals, but it actually caught some peoples’ attention, which was a nice feeling.
April 28, 2017 - Release of Nerve War : Antiprocess
This one is especially important to me right now, since it’s my latest, and it’s been my passion project for the past 5 months or so. It’s pretty important to me because it’s my first album I’ve ever written that, despite how dark it is at times, is intended to mostly make people want to dance, rather than bang their head into a wall.
4. IF YOU COULD PICK YOUR FAVORITE SONG FROM YOUR ALBUM(S), WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
The Sequence of Prime : Virion - "Nuclear Winter"
The Sequence of Prime : Inter- - "Denouement"
Seclusia - "I"
Sterilizer - "[Dis]content"
Nerve War : Antiprocess - "Atypical Depression"
5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR MUSIC?
This has always been quite a challenge, since I don’t have a label, manager, marketer, or anyone like that (but that’s the way I like it). Up through my TSOP: Virion album release, I actually sent physical cd’s to various magazines, blogs and stuff to try and get reviews. Then with TSOP: Inter- up through Sterilizer, I started just sending stuff out to people digitally, through e-mail and social networking. Now, the only social networking platform I’m on any more is Gab, so with Nerve War, so I’m mostly reaching out to people that have purchased my music in the past personally to let them know about the new tunes. It’s taking a lot of time, but I like the direct connection outside of the evil empires known as Facebook and Twitter.
6. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?
Sterilizer II is my next and primary mission. Also, expect some more Nerve War tracks released this year, and maybe even a few cover songs of some 80’s tunes I love…Nerve War style.
7. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RIWI/CCC MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW?
Honestly, I haven’t heard much of it, besides yours, Megadeth, and maybe some country music artists, ha. It seems like the entire music, movie and arts world is dominated by people who are on the left side of the political spectrum. So I guess what I think of it, is that there needs to be more of it, across all genres and forms of entertainment. Until there is, the left will continue to “win" the “culture war.” On that note, I find it quite admirable that you’ve put this blog together, and I wish you the absolute best with it!
THE PHILOSOPHICAL THREE
8. IT'S UNUSUAL THAT SOMEONE DOES THE PLAYING, THE MIXING AND THE MASTERING, AND MAKES IT ALL SOUND SO PROFESSIONAL, ARE YOU A REINCARNATION OF LEONARDO DA VINCI, OR IS THERE ANY OTHER EXPLANATION WHY YOU HAVE BOTH THE TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC SKILLS AND PULLS IT OFF IN SUCH A BRILLIANT WAY?
Haha, I actually do believe in “reincarnation” of some sort, but I really doubt I’m a reincarnation of Da Vinci, as he was a genius, and I’m just sort of a dude with a few ideas, instruments and a computer. Though, I certainly appreciate the sentiment. Anyway, I’m not really sure exactly how to answer this, so I’ll just say that it just takes a lot of work, patience, and dedication.
9. WHY WOULD A (SEEMINGLY) NICE PERSON WANT TO MAKE DARK AND SCARY MUSIC WITH SUCH AGGRESSIVE TITLES?
Glad it seems that way, that I’m nice, thanks. I’d like to think that I’m usually a nice person, but I also realize there’s a time and a place to be... not so nice. Because of this, there are plenty of people that think I’m an asshole too, ha. But that’s what goes with the territory of standing up for something. As to why my music is is so dark, well, I’d just say that for me, life hasn’t really been a highway (like Tom Cochrane likes to sing about), but rather more like a strange, complex labyrinth that I’ve often navigated at night.
10. WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES YOU TO CREATE SO DIFFERENT KINDS OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, ELECTRONICA, INDUSTRY, DISTORTED SOUNDS, AND CREATE SUCH DARK VARIATION WITHIN EACH PIECE OF MUSIC? THE ROMANTICISTS WOULD PERHAPS HAVE SAID YOU WERE POSSESSED BY A DEMON OF CREATIVITY, WHAY DO YOU SAY?
That’s funny you mention that. There have been times where I’ve actually felt possessed by something. Like when I was writing the TSOP and Sterilizer albums… It can actually be quite scary when it happens. Overall though, I think what drives me to create so many different variations is that I’m all about experimentation and exploring new, often uncomfortable sounds. Also, besides my family and close circle of friends, music is the most important thing in my life. So I feel like I need to make as much noise as I can before I leave this silly flesh suit.
THE QUICK FIVE
11. HEART OR HEART?
How about soul?
12. PRECISION OR ENERGY?
13. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC?
14. LIVE OR STUDIO?
15. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?
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