Hey there guys DJ Dizzy coming at you with an interview with a band who call themselves Requiem Aeterman as they spoke on their musical beginnings.
How'd you get started in music?
Note: Since I’m not sure if the interview is directed to
Requiem Aeternam or myself as a solo artist, or both, I’m going to speak for
I started in music since I
have memory. Played different instruments (including keyboards and saxophone),
but my early passion was percussion. I was part of several Uruguayan folk
groups until the age of 16. At that age, I was fired from a group because I was
“too progressive.” That was the age I changed the percussion instruments for
In 1992-93, I had my first
experience in an amateur rock band in my hometown in Uruguay. We recorded a
demo and played some gigs down there.
In the year 1994, I moved
to Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, with the idea to start a new band. I ended up
meeting Martin Lopez (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Soen), Martin Mendez (Opeth) and
Pablo Magallanes. In the year 1995 we released the first metal song I recorded:
Emergent, which is part of our newest release: Eternal (Silver Edition 2020
LP). This was the beginning of Requiem Aeternam (RA).
Who are your inspirations or influences?
When we started with RA in
1994-95, our influences where very varied: from Black Metal, Death Metal,
Thrash Metal and Doom Metal to Milonga, Tango, Uruguayan Murga and Brazilian
Folk, as well as Classical Music. The albums Eternal (2020 LP) [which contains
our early recordings as well as additional material which we recorded through the
years] and Eternally Dying (1998 LP) show our first influences as a band.
When the album Philosopher
(2004 LP) was written and recorded, we became more progressive and had more
influences of American Death Metal, but kept some of our early influences in
place, especially Swedish Melodic Death Metal and Uruguayan Folk.
With the album Destiny-Man
(2010 LP), we finally developed the new style we had been working for years:
Philosophical Metal. This genre implies not only philosophical lyrics but also
What advice would offer aspiring performers?
RA has been around for 25
years and has always been a challenge as a band in numerous aspects. There have
been 5 lineups, 5 records, not to mention touring and other productions; but it
has not been easy to keep the band going, especially because the business part
has been enormously challenging.
Advice? If you want to be
in music you have to ask yourself as early as possible: (1) Do I want to be in the
music industry for the rest of my life? And, (2) Do I want to be a professional
or an amateur? Once you answer those questions, you either made of music a
lifetime priority or a hobby. In my view, you should not be in the middle.
Choose one or the other; don’t wander in your decision-making process too long.
How do you set yourselves apart from other
bands or singers?
As a band, RA has pioneered
Philosophical Metal. As a solo artist, I already published 16 compositions
named: Melodious Podcasts, which are Philosophical Music pieces.
The notion of putting
together as a unity Music and Philosophy is the way we have defined and keep
redefining our proposals and, therefore, differentiate ourselves from other
bands and musicians.
Any new gigs or albums in the future
RA just re-released the album Eternal (Silver Edition 2020
LP), which contains music written throughout the 25 years of the band, with the
focus of putting together the early influences I referred in the first
question. Our sixth album should begin being recorded late 2021. We don’t plan
to play until the pandemic is fully resolved. Hopefully, by 2022 we shall have
this album released and begin touring again.
When it comes to myself as a solo artist, I plan to release
my first records by late 2021 early 2022. The Melodious Podcasts already show
the direction of some of the music I’m doing nowadays as a guitar player and
composer. But I shall be releasing a solo record with a band to accompany me,
which will contain all the material written to that future date which would
never be part of Requiem Aeternam, i.e. anything but metal music.
REQUIEM AETERNAM Websites
JB ROMERO Websites
Special thanks to them for this interview & I wish them lots of luck in their music, so until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!