NEDERLANDSE VERSIE HIER
Tomorrow, January 20th, Raizer will release their debut album We Are the Future. The Eastern European band produced this album together with Sebastian Komor (Icon of Coil, Zombie Girl, Squarehead) and FiXT owner Klayton (Celldweller, Scandroid, Circle of Dust). Ahead of its release we spoke with Raizer about their music, inspiration and the increasing similarities between our world and what is mostly described as a dystopian world.
If you haven’t heard of the band yet, you can check the Discover feature (in Dutch) we’ve written about Raizer or just check their personal introductions here. Our review of their debut album can be read here.
Louder Than Words: First of all, thanks for your time to answer our questions. We’ll jump straight into it.
We can all generally describe Raizer as a form of Electronic Rock, but if you listen closely, you can hear influences from a lot of Electronic and Rock/Metal subgenres. How would you describe Raizer best in means of a genre and which of these two subgenres are your favourite to combine at any given time?
Raizer: If we can choose only 2 subgenres, they would be Drumstep (electronic subgenre) and Djent (rock/metal subgenre). Of course there are so many subtle differences in many of the different subgenres, so it’s very difficult to decide!
Louder Than Words: Why do you think mixing Electronic and Alternative/Rock music is so big in Russia/Eastern Europe compared to the rest of the world?
Raizer: We think that it is associated with a some kind of passion in the people who live here. There are so many problems in society that resonate with the mood in this genre of music and in its lyrics. The spirit of rebellion and the desire of novelty. Electronic and Alternative/Rock meets these criteria!
Louder Than Words: Your debut album, We Are the Future, will be released soon/has just been released. What is your favourite song on the album and why?
Raizer: Definitely the track “Dawn.” In that track we were able to create the most synergy between all the band members and implement it exactly as we conceived it.
Louder Than Words: Your album mentions events of a dystopian future/society, how applicable do you think this is compared to the current state of the world?
Raizer: The current state of today’s world will have a big impact on the future. The future is coming at us faster than we expected. We hope our call will help to avoid a lot of mistakes and meet future events with dignity.
Louder Than Words: Where do you draw inspiration from for your music and its themes? In case of books, which are your favorites?
Raizer: Movies, books, concerts, meeting interesting people, current events of our lives. Inspiration surrounds us. It has also been very inspiring working with FIXT!
As for specific book examples, we are encouraged by authors like: Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Strugatsky, and Kir Bulychev.
Louder Than Words: Since you are the future, as claimed in your album title, what are your plans for the future now?
Raizer: Our plans are to continue moving forward, improve our music production and reach for perfection in our art. We are also planning to play more live shows in 2017.
Louder Than Words: Once again thanks for your time and we’ll hope to see you later this year (or next year) during a show in The Netherlands!