Being already active since a few years and working hard to bring out hisvery own style music, Mordacious Mortem lately got signed by the up andcoming Hypervoxx/Telegrammetry label (www.telegrammetry.com). Under thismoniker Mordacious he could already release two own produced full-lengthCD’s. Now on returning with “This Emptiness” he offers his best work sofar and he could earn a lot of success and appreciation from hisfollowers. Good reviews and his often frequented MySpace account madethis act even more popular and the fans are eagerly awaiting a tour. Wecould disturb Mr. Mordacious to ask for some more background info…
Chain D.L.K.: Greetings, first of some words to you. Mordacious Mortem,this is surely a pseudonym. Why this name and its meaning? Could youplease fill in some biographical details of your music project?
Mordacious: When I was 16 a friend and I wanted to find nicknames forone another. So one day I opened a dictionary and pointed right at“mordacious”, meaning sharp, sarcastic, and likes to bite. It has stayedwith me since, and I have had it legally changed. As far as my lastname, I decided to change it because I don’t want to carry on my fathersname, he has never been much of a father and I feel its time to start anew line. I have been into music since I was 16, got into EBM when I was18 and bought my first synthesizer at 19. I didn’t take my musicseriously until the release of “Death’s Embrace” in September 2005.
Chain D.L.K.: “This Emptiness” is already your third album out now,both predecessors you did release on your own. Why now the decision tosign with Hypervoxx/Telegrammetry for this new album? What has changedfor you regarding attention and sales success since this decision?
Mordacious: I decided to sign with them for the promotion anddistribution I would get, making my music available anywhere. Not havingto put out any money on my end helped greatly to, which would havedelayed the release for financial issues. I’m just another strugglingartist trying to do what he loves, working two jobs to get by. The saleshave gone up, a lot of exposure and attention have been brought to mymusic. A lot of people wont pay any attention to an unsigned band, asfar as clubs and venues, so now I have an easier time getting shows andairplay.
Chain D.L.K.: Mostly the lyrical content on “This Emptiness” provides acold and depressive view on human being but also on personal issues.Give us some insight in your kind of work. What drives you and takesinfluence on your lyrics?
Mordacious: My lyrics are driven by past experiences, pent up hatred,and wishful thinking. It has been a great release for me. The heaviersongs I like to sing about more morbid things, to add to the aggression.Some of my songs are built on metaphors. “Dream Girl” is a good example,it’s about taking control of your life. The “Dead Girl” portrayed is thepersons old life, what they were, and now becoming what they wanted to.
Chain D.L.K.: Your are using different kind of effects for your vocals.How do you decide to add rather more aggressive and distorted vocalslike used on “Dead To Society” or “Burn It Down” against to your morenatural sounding voice? Is this just based on the lyrically message yourtracks have to offer?
Mordacious: I prefer the heavier songs to have the heavily distortedvocals, I don’t feel my natural voice can add to the aggression in thesong. That’s why I use it in the lighter or melodic tracks because Idon’t feel the distorted vocals fit in them.
Chain D.L.K.: Your cover art shows already some hardware synth stuff,but I nevertheless like to ask for your personal preferences. Which isyour favorite synth and how do you think on the up and coming evolutionof software-based synths?
Mordacious: Well, I am a huge fan of Novation, and Korg, they are veryuser friendly. My favorite synth would have to be my Novation A station.
Chain D.L.K.: How is it with live gigs? I think especially the newtracks should work well to animate the masses, so what do you expect?Any touring plans you can already confirm?
Mordacious: I haven’t played a show since the release of “ThisEmptiness” so I haven’t had a chance to perform my new material yet.Right now I am in the process of setting up shows in California andmaybe branch out to a few other states, but as far as touring I willwait until 2007.
Chain D.L.K.: Your daily life besides being a musician. Please fill indetails, relations, hobbies, and further interests…
Mordacious: I work as a cook and a stoker. Some hobbies are makinggothic clothing and corsets, enjoy working on cars. I’m kind of a jackof all trades so I have a lot of hobbies.I’m currently single, I was focusing on music so I really haven’t hadtime to date…
Chain D.L.K.: Please let us know about your upcoming plans, some newreleases you like to confirm here?
Mordacious: Right now I have just upgraded my studio with donations fromgenerous fans, and I just got a Virus TI. So expect a HUGE sound andquality change on the next CD. I am going to begin recording this monthand hope to have it finished by January for release.
Chain D.L.K.: Some final words to our readers to conclude this interview?
Mordacious: I appreciate the support and request Mordacious at yourlocal clubs!
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[interviewed by Marc Tater] [proofreading by Tommy T. Rapisardi]