Electromancy Interview 23/05/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
I’m Satyra, the creator of Electromancy. I met my bandmates at a recycling center, where I haggled for their lives to then only carve out their faces and fill them with hacked together electronics. My bandmates are all mannikins.
About 2 years ago I started having strange and intense health issues that, among other things, caused me to lose a lot of function in my hands. Honestly, I didn’t know if I was dying or not (and sometimes I still don’t know). It was a huge kick in the butt to stop putting my dreams aside, a big one of which was releasing a metal album. But with my hands issues I couldn’t play instruments anymore. So what did I do? I built robot guitars, drums and bandmates to play my music for me.
I would count my biggest musical influences as Portal and Liturgy on the metal side, and Dan Deacon on the compositional side. Moritz Simon Geist was also a big influence on the robotics side of things as well.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
My life & my experiences, both physical and spiritual. Most of my upcoming album is about my struggle with disability and chronic illness, and the spiritual evolution that’s required. I love bands that sing about epic silly shit, but when I sit down make music is whatever is Living just under my conscious that comes out to play, or be played out loud as it is.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
I don’t wanna spoil too much of the upcoming album, we are releasing a single scene called The Spark which I really love. The second half of that song always gives me goosebumps.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
We will definitely be playing some live shows in 2021, but I’m not making any plans until the pandemic is over. My health issues put me in more at risk for Covid, so I’m not counting any chickens before they hatch.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
robots and manikins and LED light shows and brutal music, I promise it’s like No other show you have ever seen. It will be very surrealist, everything will be moving but nothing will be moving. Chaos and mechanical Precision meet.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
I love all the people. I’m an extrovert so being surrounded by all the people is my favorite. The worst is managing my health though. Taurine can be extremely taxing on my body so I have to manage that carefully with my chronic health issues.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
it’s hard to say without actually knowing them because personality can sometimes matter more than music when you’re on tour with someone. But go and just buy the music, I think it would be so fun to tour with Portal, Ghoul, and Ihsahn. It will be a wild show for so many reasons.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Maryland deathfest eight or nine years ago, it was the first show Sleep had played in years, they had not announced announced they were getting back together yet, and when they came out the entire rest of the festival close down. Everyone wanted to see them. They played for an hour and a half straight through the sunset, it was bright outside when they started and everyone was under street lamps in the middle Baltimore well it ended. It was truly epic.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
literally every single piece of my band and music creation is a feat that I am humbled by. When I said out to make this album I thought, if I can make anything, anything at all, that will be truly amazing because it’s so crazy to think of doing anything like this with such limited hand use. I’m proud of the robots, I’m proud of the album, I’m grateful for everything about it.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Renihilation by Liturgy and the Way of All Flesh by Gojira. Let’s throw Bromst by Dan Deacon in there as well. It’s an eclectic collection, but each one I think just perfectly hits the balance between technical ingenuity and expensive emotional expression.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
I love being on stage and having people watch me. I love holding that energy and tossing it around. I haven’t been live yet with Electromancy. I look forward very much to my first show.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
I had a giant poster of behemoth right above my bed with a Bible open that said Lies crossed it in blood and my parents almost made me take it down but I managed to convince them to let me keep it up. That was a controversial moment and made the poster on my wall feel all the more sweet at the time. Haha
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
This project has been to see you to go and underground for sometime, and only now is it starting to sprout in the public world, so connecting with fans and bands and people are what we are about now. The first album is coming out sometime this year, so we want to get involved with the community so people are excited about it when it comes.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
I think it would be really fun to cover Bleed by Meshuggah, But on robots. Maybe I will? Keep your eye out ;)
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
MM: Four words to describe your Band
Raw Robot Black Metal
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
Thanks so much for being interested in what I’m up to! It’s been one crazy adventure and it’s just getting started. I’m posting all sorts of videos and crazy shit all the time and have a ton of new music coming out, so please follow along and be a part of the journey with me!