Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:53:49
Our friends in IKILLYA are about to unleash a brand new album entitled Vae Victis this year. If their first offering Recon was any indication—which it was—expect another bloody, brilliant battering ram of a record from one of New York's finest purveyors of true metal. However, they'd like you to be a part of it. The band launched a crowd funding campaign with some killer prizes at www.indiegogo.com!
ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief spoke with IKILLYA singer Jason Lekberg about Vae Victis, the campaign, and so much more…
When did you decide to use crowd funding for Vae Victis?
It's one of the things we've been talking about for a little while primarily because, like every other band, we're trying to figure out how to come up with the money to do these bigger ticket things like making a record and marketing it. We have all our day jobs, and we're working those. It's hard to come up with that larger chunk of money. Our drummer Gary brought it up, and we've all been aware of it. We debated it for a long time because, being a smaller and younger band, it's important for us to make sure we're delivering a real value if we're asking for something like this from our fans. We're not a big band that has thousands and thousands of fans waiting for the next record. We're still starting to build. Getting our record isn't good enough so we spent a lot of time thinking about what those packages should be and trying to come up with things people would be excited about. We want everyone to walk away from the situation happy.
Is the record completely written?
We've got nine out of ten songs written. We've already begun pre-production. We have some tentative dates lined up. Josh Wilbur who produced Lamb of God and Gojira is excited about doing this. We're all lined up. One way or the other, we're definitely doing the record. The timeline depends on how much money we've made [Laughs].
What was the initial response like?
The response has been really positive and great. People liked the video we made, and I feel like the packages we put up there are valuable. With the state of the current economy, I'm hoping there are people who are watching it and, as they're able to invest, they will.
How does the record build on Recon? Are you trying anything different?
It's been really exciting writing this record. We called the last record "Recon". It's a military term short for "Reconnaissance". That was the eight of the first nine songs we'd ever written as a group. We were figuring out who we are, where we're going, and what kind of music we're writing together. Once we began writing this album, we went through a drummer change. Our new drummer brings his own flavor and style. We write all of our songs completely as a group. All four of us have the same input. It's cool for us to develop as songwriters and musicians. We're learning how we complement and play off each other and how we interpret each other's musical ideas. We all think in different ways. It's been exciting to develop this record because we know and understand each other better. Musically, it's going to be similar to Recon. It's not getting any lighter, but I feel like the songs are much more developed. They're a little more intelligent. Some of the songs on Recon were more emotional. The songs tell more of a story.
What are some of the stories you're telling?
The title "Vae Victis" is Latin for "Woe to the conquered" or "Woe to the vanquished ones". The idea is basically, "Too bad for everybody whose asses you kicked" [Laughs]. We're resolved to do this and make it happen one way or another. Over the last two years, we toured on our own. We booked it on our own. We've done without a label, management, and agent. It's that feeling that we're going to do this one way or the other. We're going to buckle down and make it happen. Everybody else just needs to get out of way. There's a song called "Mission to Mars". It's a very personal song to me. I feel like, at any moment, one thing could break and it'd all go off much like someone going to Mars. If one little thing breaks, you're dead. This is just as crazy of an adventure for us. That song is about staying up all hours of the night and figuring out a way to make this happen. Those are a lot of the themes on the album. There's a song called "Last Breath". It was the first song I've written like this. We had a couple of good friends pass away. These guys were our age, and it was very sudden. I had this moment where I was exploring what it would really feel like to be in that person's shoes when he or she took their last breath. I've never really explored that before. It was a difficult thing to think about. It inspired me to write what I hope is a good testament to their memories and who they were. I'm really exploring that emotion. A couple of songs are just about life and the legacy you leave. There's a song called "Of The Most Magnificent", which is actually the title of a book my grandfather was writing when he died. It was a half-autobiography half-fiction story about his own life. It's around the theme that no matter how hard we work everything we're doing and have done will eventually go away and be forgotten. It's about living in the moment and not accepting anything less than the best I can achieve right now because this is all I've got to hold on to. It's a lot of self-discovery and strength on this album.
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