Interview by Tim Brown…
When and why did you start playing?
Frank: I started playing music when I was 8 years old when my grandpa bought a Casio keyboard for me as birthday present.
Anis: I started playing music once I was 16.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Frank: The list of the musicians I admire is a long list but I can mention some of their names: MARILLION, Roger Waters, Tangerine Dream, Eloy, Depeche Mode , Enigma and so on.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Frank: Yes, when I started listening to music, I was 7. I used to listen to my brother’s tapes. Most of them were 80’s synthpop and Prog Rock music. I think, I got the most influence from them.
Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
Anis: It is a very difficult question to answer as I love different genres of music. But here I can name: MARILLION: Misplaced Childhood, Steven Wilson: A Raven That Refused to Sing, Enigma: A Posteriori, Seven Lives Many Faces.
Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?
Frank: Yes, with my other band in 2003 at University of Science and Technology in Tehran. We won the best rock act award.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV
Anis: Well, Delusive Relics is a new project and we are working to get as many as gigs and shows possible. We have our upcoming CD release party in March 22 which is the first pubic performance for Delusive Relics. But before DR, we played in many public events and concerts with Mavara our other band. We played in many festivals, fundraisers, radio and TV shows. Our plan is to do same thing with DR.
What makes this kind of music “good” to you?
Frank : I have several reasons that makes Electronic music a good option for me. First, I am a keyboard player and I am working with lots of great synths. As you know, one of the basic elements of Electronic music are synthesizers, the other reason is you can easily blend this genre with other genres in music. For instance, Rock and Pop and that’s what I did it too.
Why did you choose to play this kind of music?
Frank: I have 2 great reasons that I stared this genre. First, in this genre you don’t need band members to play with and you can enjoy of being independent. Second, I am a keyboard player and I always had this thought that one day I would establish an Electronic music band and I did it!
Let’s Talk about your music and your last work…
Frank: Delusive Relics is a music duo and I established it in 2018. Our debut album “Chaotic Notions” has 11 songs. The release date is February 18th, 2019. The album is a combination of several genres such as Electronic Music, Trip- hop, Industrial Music, Synth Pop, Electro Rock, EBM and Dark Ambient.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
Anis: like any matter in life, internet has its pros and cons. It caused a great revolution in music industry. I think all musician are evolving to balance their work with the new technologies especially social media and internet.
What are the plans for the future?
Anis: Our plan for 2019 is to release our debut album “Chaotic Notions” . Also find a way to book ourselves with the big names and touring with them in upcoming summer.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music?
Frank: It has changed a lot. In the past you had to have a music label for publishing your music, but now you can publish it by yourself. Also, with using new technologies in software and hardware in the studios these days, compare to the past, producing the music is much cheaper and faster. For example, in the past if I needed synthesizers in my music, I had to use real synths and I had to buy one for at least 1000 dollars, but nowadays you can use VST and they have good quality and they are so chip compare to real synth.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Frank: most of the time I get my influence from a phenomenon. For example, on our new album we have 3 songs that come together, and they are called Illusion (part 1), Delusion (part 2) and Hallucination (part 3) on those songs at the beginning I composed a song about schizophrenia and that subject guided me to create these songs. Generally, I need a subject or a musical theme to start composing.
Could you talk about your recent single A Woman’s Diary?
Anis: “A Woman’s Diary” carries a message that I live with. I believe that gender equality should be the outcome of our era. I hope that one day every single human on our beautiful planet has the equal chance for enjoying the gift of life.
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