Phobos Corporation

VIA NOCTURNA - 06/2012

First of all, congratulations for you excellent work. Can you explain us how the Phobos Corp. project was born?

First of all, thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm - I really appreciate it! In order for me to answer your question, I have to take you back in time, when I was 15-16 years old. I had already discovered Metal music and I remember I was with a friend of mine, talking about music and bands, and all of a sudden she suggested that I should form my own band in the future. I liked the idea and as a teenager I started dreaming about the whole thing. I became really anxious and excited at the same time, because it felt like a normal thing to do. I was already into Metal music, I was learning the piano, had also gotten myself a guitar and had started writing demo songs – so I was more and more drawn to music than ever before.

The years went by, I got involved in some bands, I continued with my piano lessons, I enrolled in music technology classes, but I never stopped writing music, sometimes only lyrics, other times only melodies, other times complete songs or instrumentals. Later, with the advent of home recording and music technology, it became even easier for me to record with my computer. I continued writing, until in 2005, I took an important decision: I was either gonna continue composing without anyone knowing, or I would go ahead and show my music to the world. Thus, Phobos Corp. was officially born and I started working on the demo “As the Angel Stared”, which later I sent to labels to see what would happen and get some feedback.

 

And why Phobos Corp? This name has some meaning in all concept of the project?

I was always very much influenced by horror movies and by darker themes and ideas and also I used to listen to a lot of Black and Death Metal bands at the time. I wanted to find an equally dark name for the band. “Phobos” in Greek language means “fear” and then “Corp.” just seemed to fit nicely with Phobos – Actually, “Corp” was probably influenced by my Business studies, come to think of it now…Anyhow, I guess one could say we are the “organization of fear”, spreading terror to the world!! **laughing**

 

Who influenced you the most to begin this journey?

That’s a tough one, because it wasn’t just one person or one thing. It was a combination of family, friends, life events that had happened, bands I was listening to at the time and so on. But, ultimately, I guess it was my dream and my continuous desire to get involved in music and compose as much as possible. I can’t hide the fact, that music has always played an important role in my life and that’s what I would like to end up doing in the future. I have always been a more artistic and creative spirit.

 

Your first demo was very well received, but you spent almost seven years to put another EP out. What have you been doing through this time?

The first demo was a test really – a test to see how much appeal this kind of music would have at the time. Nevertheless, I knew that it was missing something – I knew that this wasn’t the “real” sound of this band and so I went back to my “drawing board” and started from the beginning again. At the same time, life happened, I got older, more mature, I opened up my ears to new sounds, new instruments, new genres of music and ultimately, let myself be inspired by everything around me. I continued writing more and more music, lyrics, melodies- I experimented with sounds (especially Electronic and Ambient sounds) and all this led to the present day.

Now, I feel more confident about the overall sound, about my songwriting and composition abilities and about my vision and goals for this project. Clearly, it has been a journey of musical exploration and experimentation all this time, but rest assured that this journey continues even now and will also continue in the future as well…

 

Felicity will be released in June, but all reviews until now are superb. High expectations, I suppose…

Honestly, I did not expect so many positive reviews, mainly because this particular genre is overcrowded by so many different bands, and also, because with the current state of the music industry, it’s so hard for an independent band/artist to become known to the masses. But, I can’t complain, the appeal and feedback I have received so far, has been overwhelming to say the least and I couldn’t thank enough the people who make all this happen!

But, to answer your question, I have learnt in life it’s, sometimes, good and advisable not to have very high expectations, because things can change rapidly. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t have any expectations concerning “Felicity”, but probably not as high expectations as a lot of people might think… - I have always tried to be as realistic as possible when it comes to the music industry and how it operates.

 

Who play with you in Felicity? Can you introduce your guests?

You know, I always had this thing for collaborations and since this is still a project, I had to find the right musicians to help me out with this production. So, we have Mark Jones who played the Guitars and Bass, Chris Sutherland who played the Drums, Jon Ong and Zach Lemmon who did the Orchestral Arrangements, Tara who recorded the Vocals, Greg Tomao who re-amped the guitars and a very good friend of mine Shoi Sen from the band De Profundis, who played the solo on “This Divine Tragedy” song. All of this came into completion with the help of legendary producer Dave Chang, who I doubt needs any further introductions.

These people helped me enormously over the past months and they were really dedicated and passionate about the whole thing and I believe the end result speaks for itself. It has been a pleasure and an honor for me to collaborate with such professional and talented musicians and I can only hope to work with them again in the future.

 

About the trumpet solo in One Eternal (Felicity’s Song), I notice that you haven´t any trumpet player, but the sound is so real… Who and how did it?

Yes, the sound is real and it was recorded by a session musician. You see, for the vocals and the trumpet I collaborated with an on-line recording studio in Los Angeles, and they have their own “in-house” sort to speak, session musicians. One of these musicians was the trumpet player, but unfortunately I cannot give you any further details as to his identity. Nonetheless, I hope you’ll agree with me that he did an amazing job with the solo!

 

These are themes that belong to a conceptual history. Can you unveil a little of that?

Correct, all the tracks are part of a concept story. It’s the story of a young girl, Felicity, who was killed and is now a ghost telling her story of what exactly happened and how she died. To be completely honest, I haven’t finished the story yet – I only have the major ideas in my head and in terms of music that’s all “chaos” at the moment! **laughing**

But, you will get a good glimpse of the music style and part of the story with the EP. I’d say it’s quite representative of what you should expect in the full-length release…

 

For when can we expect a full length with all history?

Ah, that’s very hard to answer for a number of reasons: Firstly, because I need to find a proper label who would like to release this album; secondly, because I have very specific ideas concerning this particular full-length album and these are ideas that need to be thought of and planned carefully and thirdly because the story and the music isn’t finished yet – it’s still a work in progress. But, I think I would be lying, if I didn’t tell you that my main concern is finding a proper label right now…

 

Can we consider now Phobos Corp. as a studio project? Do you have any idea to transform this into a real band with live gigs?

Right now and, as it stands, Phobos Corp is a studio project, but I hope to transform it into a proper, touring band in the near future. After all, that’s half of the fun of being in a band, isn’t it? Playing concerts and meeting fans on the road.

If I could form a band and start touring right away, I would do it even tomorrow, but things are not that simple sometimes. I do hope pretty soon to be able to find musicians, with whom I can record and tour. Anyone who’s interested let me know and we’ll see what we can do…

 

There is anything you want to say to our readers?

I know it will sound recycled and cliché, but it is the obvious truth for all bands and artists out there when I say: A million thank you for your support and enthusiasm! I greatly appreciate it and it just shows me how much you love this project and makes me want to continue writing and releasing music! I promise you, that this is merely the beginning and the best is yet to come!

Lastly, I would also like to thank Via Nocturna for this interview and for introducing the project to your audience and helping spread the word about Phobos Corp. I wish everyone the very best!

 

Thank you and, once again, congratulations!


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