Fake Plastic's very own Fr. Jones shoots the breeze with Brazilian electro artist Diogo Strausz about his debut EP, zombies, cinematic influences, zombies, discrimination, and more zombies.
Here is a link to my review of Strausz's debut EP Zombies are Making Love.
FR: So this EP of yours, Zombies Are Making Love- it's not exactly easy to pigeonhole. It's conceptual trance music with elements of ambient noise, digitalism, mariachi influence, and oh yea.. zombies! How would you characterize it?
FR: How long was the recording process?
DS: The whole process took like 8 or 9 months between recording, mixing and mastering. The recording part was the largest.
FR: Are you a fan of zombies? Or just merely phobic of them? Was this cathartic?
DS: Actually, I was more thinking about how monsters are getting nice and naive, and then I just made some old school material, with more disctrimination and prejudgement. When "real monsters" try to make love they can't, this is the drama, when people take that essence off, just loses the sense.
FR: The album itself is divided into six different acts which act as an underlying narrative. Do you have more acts in store- a sequel perhaps? Post-Coitus Zombies?
DS: No, I made the exactly number of acts for the story. And I couldn't have a post-coitus because all of them just die in the end. That last voice saying "fresh meat" is Andrew (the husband from the begining) becaming a zombie after killing them all. When he kills inocent zombies he becames one. As I said, is a story about prejudgement and discrimination.
FR: Which do you find more terrifying- walking or running zombies?
DS: Walking, for shure. I don't think runnings have the appeal
FR: Do you have a favorite track on the album? Mine would have to be ACT III: THE DUEL- the tune that begins with a Tarantino-esque homage to Leone-era westerns before shifting into a driving Survivor/"Eye of the Tiger" guitar solo.
DS:I love all of them, they tell a lot of who I am, my kind of humor, my taste for music and movies, they describe me as any part of my body. For an example, I was watching a lot of Sergio Leone's movies when I made Act III.
FR: I dig the artwork. Who did it? Did you have any involvement?
DS: My only involvement was hiring someone I admire, he calls Antônio Simas, is a friend and designer here in Rio de Janeiro.
FR: Who are your main musical influences?
DS: I've got no main, but something between Beatles, Morricone, and Mr. Oizo.
FR: If you don't stick with zombies for your next release, have you considered other monsters? Vampires are pretty huge right now in pop culture.
DS: Yeah, but I've got some other monsters to chase, don't care about vampires too much. As any good citizen from Rio, Cops are my next target.
FR: Any advice to up-and-coming artists struggling to make it in the 21st century music industry?
DS: To be patient and don't upload any shit just because is free.
Zombies Are Making Love by Strausz