Hello ! I know Kekal about several months ago.. Since you put free downloable album on your website i try to listen to it. I got stuck with "1000 thoughts of violence". I heard Jeff kinda loves japanese metal music, so tell me, what is your best j-metal song and why ? :3
Well, I do like many Japanese artists' music, and not just limited to metal.. To me, because many of the bands or musicians in Japan do not limit themselves into writing & playing one specific genre of music, they can be all over the place in terms of crossing-over many genres, but yet still manage to keep the band's musical character.. I can't pick a favourite song or even album in that case, but I have my own favourite bands from Japan.. My favourite are Ruins, Coaltar of The Deepers, Merzbow, Babymetal, MuryokuP, and probably some others that I can't think about right now..
I'd love to have an interview with Jeff regarding the music of Kekal and specifically Multilateral.....
A lot of independent bands and musicians tried to raise money for their recording by asking fans to donate on the internet. What's your opinion on this? Do you see Kekal doing this too in the future?
Jeff: I personally don't mind with bands asking fans to donate in order for them to record new album, being independent means you can't get the recording money from record labels.. But that's not something that I believe.. I would prefer to record my music in the 'poverty-spec environment' rather than having to beg anyone for funds.. This is because I don't want anyone to tell me what kind of music I should do, and if they already put money in it, creatively-speaking, I'm bound to please the donors on the music I make with their money.. That's why I never want this situation to happen, because my music has to be artistically free.. The approach of Kekal has always like this: Do your own thing and do it yourself.. So rather than forcing ourselves to enter the professional studio and pay big amount of money every time we make an album, we always do everything by ourselves and cut the cost.. I had to learn how to produce music, bought modest digital audio workstation for that, and I even took a recording arts training in 2006.. By doing that, we can avoid having to go to the professional studio and pay the engineer to produce and record the music.. That's the most ideal thing we can do as an independent band or musicians.. Technologies have improved so much now that I don't think we ever need to hire an expensive studio and sound engineer in order to get a decent sound.. All you need to do is having a space to record your music, a computer with decent audio interface & DAW recording software + effect plugins, and some knowledge of recording and mixing.. These recording software and plugins can be obtained for less than $1000 now and you can keep those for up to 10 years, even more.. But, of course, if you're bound to record the whole band completely live in the studio, you would need like 16 individual tracks getting in at the same time, a 24-channel mixing board & big rooms to fit everything, there's no alternative to do that at home.. That's the case when you may need money for professional studio to record your music but even in that case, you should be able to take all the recording files with you & edit, mix and master them at home.. That would save you many studio hours and thus the studio costs..
Just curious as to what your outlook on life is. You kinda think outside the box, and I really admire that.What are you trying to express in your heart when you create Kekal music? I feel so many of the musical questions have been answered just wanted to ask a more emotional question.
Hi guys. I have two questions. First, are modulated vocals on ''Default'' from 1000 Thoughts Of Violence female? Second, can we expect some harsh/shrieks/growls back in the future in your releases? Third, can I use some of your tracks in my artistic portfolio presenatation as a background music?
2nd - Can't really tell you right now what kind of elements needed for any future music that hasn't been written yet. The answer is that you can always expect anything and everything to come out from Kekal, and yet you'll be surprised.
3rd - Yes for sure, feel free to use any Kekal music that you think might fit.
Hello Kekal, I am making a video compiling 38 styles of heavy music and I would like to ask your permission to use 20 second audio piece of: Kekal - Isolation I [The Habit of Fire] Or I can just do it right away? Thank you.
I noticed that on the intro to Subsession/Once Again It Failed from 100 Thoughts of Violence, It is a sample of the end credit music from the video game POSTAL. Is this correct? and if so, have any members of the group played the game? do you, or have you once played video games? if so, which ones?
so, i was heard Kekal will using Megurine Luka.. i'm a fans of Vocaloid Metal too.. but i need to know what's the reasons for using Luka-chan as a vocal rather than other famous vocaloid like Hatsune Miku or Gumi Megoid which is usually popular in the metal vocaloid scene? thx before :D
what do you think of Megurine Luka?
What music or albums do you listen during recording of "Multilateral"? And in what degree they have influenced your music and sound on the album? I've heard dub, dubstep, triphop, glitch, and other styles.
Wikipedia lists Yeris, Harry and Newbabe as founding Kekal members (even before Jeff joined the band) but little is known from them. Could you please talk about their involvement with Kekal and what are they currently up to, or if they participate in any other band or project?
From what I hear so far in 5 songs, Multilateral is an excellent album and a sincere return to form. What's your expectation to this album?
If I remember well Kekal went on tour many years ago...there was a dvd, too. Do you plan to release this and other live material, sooner or later?
What made you to add so much electronic into the metal sound of Kekal?
The lyrics on your first few albums and statements you've given in interviews from around that period give the impression that as individuals, you believe in a sort of Christian worldview. your music has changed a lot over the years, but is still familiar - has your spirituality changed, and how?
Is there any possibility to use a real drummer in any future recordings?
Thanks for your answer. I just checked Neutrality and beginning drum session reminds me stuff on 1000 Thoughts Of Violence as you said. I like modulated vocals part, they have a kind of industrial feel, atleast to me. I think that is the best song so far from this release.
Can we expect some vibes of extreme metal in the future releases? I love your music but I prefer your previous works, expecially 1000 Thoughts Of Violence.
What's your view of the current metal scene? and the acceptance towards unconventional bands like Kekal?
I found it interesting that you will incorporate vocaloid on the new album. How did you come with the idea of using vocaloid for Kekal? Do you have any favorite vocaloid producers/musicians?
My current favourite vocaloid artists/producers are Machigerita, MuryokuP, and Kikuo.. They are amazing artists..
Wat is the meanin of "kekal"+ y was it chosen as the band name? Also, y was "Source of Existence"+ "Given Words" left off the 2010 remasterd version of "embrace the ded"?
"Source of Existence" & "Given Words" were originally bonus tracks of the THT Productions version. So the songs were exclusively licensed by Kekal to the label. The 2010 re-issue was released digitally solely by Kekal, not through record labels. Only 8 tracks from "Embrace The Dead" that are official album tracks. The "Given Words" song found on "Embrace The Dead" is actually the demo version of the same song from "The Painful Experience" album.