Answered by Vespasian.
Hi! Tell me about Imperium Dekadenz. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
V: Ave! When we started with the band we were highly influenced by the film „Caligula“. We were fascinated by the violence, the decadence, the pride of the roman empire. So, we wanted a name for the band that is able to express all these feelings. We were searching for a combination of very strong words. Luckily we found it: Imperium Dekadenz.
“Dis Manibvs” album was released almost two months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
V: I’m still very satisfied and happy with the outcome. We really put all our hearts and souls into that record. The goal was and always is to intensify emotions. This time we put a new, more aggressive energy into the songs, and the epic parts are more epic than ever before. Furthermore I love the sound of the record. Its very dynamic and powerful.
Tell me more about “Dis Manibvs”? Album conception etc…
V: Our last album MoN was a classic concept-album about our home region and our emotions. The black forest was the main topic. Dis Manibvs isn’t a classic concept album…but you can find some kind of a headline in every song. Every song (in its very own way) is about life and death, about triumphs in life, about great losses, about the process of „learning to live, and learning to die“ . The approach is philosophical, so to say.
How do you like cooperation with Season Of Mist records?
V: SoM is a professional label that is growing constantly. They have a good nose for innovative bands and it seems that they don’t care about trends that much. They have their own visions.
The communication is constant and friendly… so I’m happy to release our stuff under the falg of SoM.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
V: From books, films, landscapes, visions, from my heart and from my soul.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Imperium Dekadenz’s sound?
V: In my opinion ID is a source of different emotions. A subtle melancholy is always present, but there are also very aggressive moments. Moments of pure power and might on the hand, and moments of sadness and despair on the other hand.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
V: I am in a creative mood at the moment… so I started working on a new song idea last week. Normally I feel empty when it comes to creativity shortly after an album release… but this time my head is full with new visions and ideas I want to work on.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
V: I am a metalhead who grew up with all the classic black-, death-, thrash metal stuff. I am also addicted to classic rock’n’roll stuff like Motörhead or rose tattoo. Furthermore I am a big fan of ambient- and world music. Bands like dead can dance and raison d’être are very important for me.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
V: Lets dream a bit: I would like to write and record some stuff with Brendan Perry (Dead can Dance). One the greatest artist who walks the earth.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
V: I wouldn’t say that there is a strategy. We have a facebook-page which is the easiest way to get in contact with people all over the world. Luckily our label has a very good distribution, so our material is spreaded very well.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
V: Our normal jobs and the music take most of our time… but I am very into ancient history. Furthermore I started to learn about filming and video editing.
What does your pseudonyms means for you personally?
V: Freedom. Transformation into the realms of ID.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
V: Beside the fact that most of the “normal” people cannot understand what we are trying to express with our art… Yes, my family is supporting me very much! Thanks and Cheers!
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
V: There are a few underground bands that mostly play in that area… but there is no real scene I woud say. And when it comes to Black Metal… there is absolutely nothing going on in that area.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
V: Thank you! Cheers!