Foscor Interview

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

Hi there, thanks for the interview. I started playing the bass at the age of 17 years, and from the very beginning I realized that I would be my whole life connected to music as the tool to create and express my emotions and ideas to the world. I cannot remember when I started listening to music; I remember being a little boy and playing with my grandfather while listening to classic music together, he was a devoted, and a first impact in terms of music experience as listener. 

I would define career from both points of view, listener and creator/performer, but definitely, after playing my first instrument I knew that might be stronger than anything else.

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

How my grandparents explained me Wagner when I was a child touched and impressed me forever more… I remember listening Credence Clearwater Revival, Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep or King Crimson with my uncle some years later, and once again the impact was huge. After this, I remember being in touch by my own with Iron Maiden, Metallica or Depeche Mode and building my own palette, before jumping into the Extreme universe. I cannot mention a single band or style because lucky for me I’ve lived some of the best moments of 80’s and 90’s, from Heavy, Rock, Post Punk, Dark Wave, Death, Doom Black, Grunge, Pop. Nowadays you cannot understand how I see inspiration on music if you don’t dig into all those genres.

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

Well… I’ve never taken music lessons related to how playing the bass first or singing lately. Everything I learnt came from my own experience and what apparently might be seen as something to feel proud of, has make me had many troubles in terms of adapting myself to the new challenges. The change from harsh vocals to clean ones was really hard, and still is a daily challenge.

Second… My day job is as an Architect, which allows me to have a different point of view of the world, because of how I was educated in terms of humanism and space, and because of the wide source of references to dig in that this Art discipline gives

Last one… I was a very shy guy during my youth, and still I am, but music transformed me into a very different person as a channel to express my feelings and ideas. 

What song of yours best describes you and why?

I would prefer to jump across different songs I have composed or initially arranged. From different albums, as ‘Melangia’ from “Groans To The Guilty”, ‘Graceful Pandora’ from “Those Horrors Wither” or “Instants” from “Les Irreals Visions”. The evolution among them speaks of a person with a never ending hunger for living the life intensively, almost trying to touch the untouchable, with no control over emotions, who step by step achieves that sort of level and personal stage for which you know how to express your most intimate feelings and thoughts with a way more clear language, still intense and vital. But, according to my own words, every album speaks of one personal stage, and considering the latest one we are here presenting; I would say “Malson” from “Els Sepulcres Blancs”. This song expresses loud that I’m not afraid anymore of sharing how I see and feel the world.

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

With Foscor we have lived some memorable nights along our Live career, but there are 3 dates I will remember forever because the special communion with the audience, our people in our hometown Barcelona. Two of them were at the already disappeared venue KGB, with Vidres A La Sang and celebrating 10 years as a band. The third one, 6 years later, was during the release show of our previous album “Les Irreals Visions”. We were not the band to watch, but part of the party…probably the tool everybody there used to express something deeper that was uniting us. I’m so proud to have had the chance of living such intense feeling of communion.  

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

From my latest Live experiences as audience, I must say the Roadburn Festival means one of the most unique and stimulant musical environments I’ve ever been. I have learned and being inspired on musical and personal terms, while reaching some of the most important achievements as a band (opening the door to be signing for Season Of Mist or Doomstar Bookings). After closing the Het Patronaat afer this years’ edition, playing in the Green Room of the 013 as part of the festival line-up, would be a blast.

What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?

I guess that our best achievement is to be out there as a band for 15 years and keep the passion untouched for thinking now, right before releasing a new album, on the next one. I really hope this hunger never fades and we may continue creating together many years. That would be my wish.

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

This one was from almost 10 years ago, our first gig in Italy. We arrived to the venue and the first guy we met asked us where did we come from. We said Barcelona, Catalonia… and his answer was “Oh, Spanish!!” and stated singing a song as football supporter claiming to the dictator Francisco Franco. It was the most surreal and nasty welcome we have ever witnessed.

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

There’s always the weird and exciting feeling of playing your own music on stage, sometimes only for half and hour, after driving many hours or simply being tired and fucked up as hell, which makes everything worth… Also the moment of listening to the album already mastered, as the result of almost a year of continued work and after a rollercoaster of emotions, which is simply magic. But being there for almost 20 years playing with bands, I cannot be more grateful for the amount of people I have had the luck to cross, meet and consider friends.

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

Leaving aside the issue with money, shaping and composing all the ideas I have deep in my mind waiting to break free. I might speak on music terms… but also regarding writing or even painting. I already know that I won’t have enough time in my life to make clean of all the ideas. The problem is that most of them are difficult to forget, and my brain often collapses.

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

I remember many of the great and magical events we lived during mid 90’s here in Barcelona. I could speak of Obituary, Carcass, Morbid Angel and many others before, but those Enslaved & Absu in 1997, Dark Funeral & Ancient, Immortal & Aeternus, Katatonia & In The Woods, Cradle of Filth 96, etc... Those years were the definitive door in terms of musical inspiration; while I was discovering albums that blew my mind, and watching those bands performing a sublime music and sense of freedom, I was facing the biggest of my musical challenges with an instrument.

What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

Interesting. There are a lot of bands we would love to play with from past days and present ones… let’s put a couple of the most inspiring bands during the previous albums to “Les Irreals Visions” in 2017, Katatonia and Ved Buens Ende. Then, from my band mate tastes, I know they would love to share stage with A Perfect Circle or Tool, and then why not a bunch of friend bands we have or not already played with, as Gold, Secrets Of The Moon, Primordial, Grave Pleasures, Hexvessel. I think that the way a festival as Roadburn takes care of its line-up, Amplifest or the Prophecy Fest, and even the AMFEST we are about to play in Barcelona in October, is the environment of bands we would feel more comfortable with.

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Follow your dreams to the last consequences; they won’t be waiting for you neither come freely. We have never been that kind of band thinking we deserved more than we got, but what is sure is that being quiet and simply waiting things to happen, you get a shit. Move your ass, set a dialogue with who you would love to work with… keep trying. Only time will say, but you must be there, taking care of things to happen. 

If you want something, don’t expect it to be done alone

Exactly. Sometimes bands don’t know how a parcel in the music industry works, or simply concentrates efforts on a small part, if not the wrong one… Ask someone, be curious and participate. If no one knows about you and your intentions, no one will be able to explain you how it works or even trust in your proposal.

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

Nowadays, from music industry not much… I assume that there are many things I cannot control, and if I can, I don’t need to invest more than I’m capable or too much on personal or economical level for being down for so long recovering myself. It’s a matter of constancy, and I love when we get results. What most annoys me, is putting my confidence on someone and don’t getting the same that I’m giving. It has happened with band mates, agents or collaborators in one or another way, with this or other projects. I give my best, because I love this. If you don’t, get out of my way please, or be honest enough for making everything clear at first.

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

Being lost in the mountains with my wife. We can be climbing a 1200m mountain or just trekking for hours through the woods. It’s a lovely way to clean up your spirit for a while. 

Do you think social media and the Internet are a good thing in the music industry?

Being born within the letters and trading tapes period, all the internet tools opened the widest horizon possible for bands to expose their proposal to the maximum people possible. Said that, as many other parcels of the music industry it requires much more attention and dedication than being only focused in your ultimate purpose, creating. That’s why more and more figures appeared and the infrastructure your need is larger, which makes more difficult to survive among too much offer. Quantity over quality is what sadly this world has turned in, and the law of the stronger will prevail.

How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

Very important, as always have been. It accompanies the current times we live, needed of quick stimulation and catching the attention with no need of much information, but definitely as important as always have been. It speaks of how solid and coherent your proposal and band is. You need a clear message through lyrics, connected to attractive visual tools on the artwork and layout parcel, which easy may be transferred to merch, and at the end, try that your image doesn’t ruin everything because has nothing to do with the level you are reaching with the rest. 

Regarding promo pictures, or Live presence, a band must thing that you are part of what you are creating… and besides, the performer.

Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?

No tattoos on my skin mate… I might ink a few some day, but would be an aesthetical decision. I guess that I don’t see my body being a good canvas for anything I love and I can enjoy enough in a book or page.

If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

I would remove the current constitutional system which seems to be a jail for whoever wishes to improve the country or his own region. Spain is chained to its past, and won’t grow as a mature country until facing its inside differences once and for all. For that goal, the Constitution mustn’t be a tool for silencing and beating the different voices, a mere excuse for doing nothing. I don’t wish this country anything else than the best, but who doesn’t feel part of it, should have the right of choosing. 

What would your ideal day consist of?

There might be many different ideal days my friend, related with having quality time with my wife, composing music, writing or simply hanging out with old friends. The most important aspect is to give to each of these activities the importance they deserve. Would be a pity to be in any of those activities thinking on what I need to do with the others. 

Can you tell me one thing about each member that people might not already know?

All of them are so active musicians. Our drummer Jordi also plays with Death Metallers Cruciamentum, and has collaborated in a music project with Martin Mendez ( Opeth ) which will see the light sooner than you expect. He will be on tour next September with USA Blackened Death Metallers Tchornobog. Same happens with Albert, one of our guitar players, who plays with Jordi in a cult Death metal band from Catalonia called Vidres A La Sang and also collaborates with Martin M. Falke, founder member of the band with me, is who takes care of all video productions; we like to give our touch to every single step we take, and visuals are so important. Esteban is our Live Bassist and besides being part of our label mates and friends Obsidian Kingdom, has worked as reporter in the past and now develops tasks as manager and booking agent for a couple of bands. Busy guys…

Can you tell us about any new releases gigs or anything else coming up in the future?

The new songs collection recorded at Moontower Studios was composed by 8 tracks, while the album “Els Sepulcres Blancs” only shows 7. Let’s see when we unveil and use the 8th one, but probably will be a good push for announcing a tour in the future or so. 

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

Since the very first moment, Foscor has been trying to reach and define a personal language. We understood that the true purpose with art and music was expressing ourselves and going beyond and losing fears. Setting a dialogue with the audience through this language is what gives sense to everything; so if you are an open-minded person and like to share emotional experiences, feel free to dig into our music and connect with us, devoted of the tragic sense of darkness.

 

How would you answer the question Who are FOSCOR ?

I would say that a humble collective of people eager to set dialogue to the world. We try to poetize it and explain the connection between the here and the beyond. How our ideals deal with the reality. A so human endeavor appealing to everyone but doesn’t want to become a reference or explanation for anything else than feelings among equals.

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

I think it was Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast”, in tape… probably at the same time than G’n’R “Appetite For Destruction”. We were discovering Hard Rock and Heavy Metal before quickly jumping into way more extreme fields.

What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

Before everything, control the maximum you can your instrument and see what’s happening around you, perhaps you can learn about where would you fit in, and dig into the rules that make it work. Then, try to reach a clear idea and dress it with coherency and all your honesty in order to change and transform those rules with a more personal approach. From then on… keep calm, keep working and keep learning, always. 

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

We have already worked with Alan A. Nemtheanga from Primordial, who sung part of the song ‘Ciutat Tràgica’ in our previous album “Les Irreals Visions”; and now, sG from Secrets Of The Moon and Crone has done another contribution for the song ‘Cançó de Mort’ from the upcoming album “Els Sepulcres Blancs”. I love to collaborate with people I appreciate both from personal and creative point of view. Both are unique voices in the music parcel, taking their bands to another level and transcending styles and fashions. If I may chose another voice for the future, I would love to work with Mat “Khvost” Mac Nerney from Grave Pleasures and Hexvessel, a very special guy who I deeply admire from his years with <code>, Dodheimgard or Beastmilk.

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

As I’m writing, I would say “Venus in Furs” from The Velvet Underground”. I’ve always been in love with that song and how timeless sounds even today. It takes to the limit both music and lyric in a ritualistic manner which inspires me death and love, the engine of our lives.

What things make you uncomfortable?

Sometimes I use to manage too much things, because of my incontinence on saying no… With the years I’ve learnt to focus my efforts on less things and get better results due the attention and care your can give them. Anyway, I take too many responsibilities during some periods, and gets me consumed, while making suffering the ones at my side I love. To be improved.

If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

I think half of the book would as easy as be composed by all the lyrics I have written across the years. Most of them speak of how I see the world and imagine it should be. The other half would be harder to write, as would be a dictionary of metaphors for translating all the references I hide along them. I don’t like to write of the futile… it doesn’t mean that what I say matters to anyone, but I try to set a dialogue

What has the rest of the year go in store for you?

We are just about to open a new album cycle, despite of being working for almost a year and a half since we started composing, etc. It’s a thrilling moment, and we expect much more people to join us in this second chapter and delivery of tragic darkness. In the meanwhile, we are working with our agent at Doomstar Bookings on having the maximum presence Live possible. We want this album to confirm what we started with the previous and first one for Season Of Mist. So let’s do it.