Hi! Tell me about Sektarism. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Sektarism is a strong and explicit name that speaks for itself. It expresses our own conception of a spiritual and artistic congregation : closed, distant, working in secrecy for its own goals rather than for mundane celebrity. It has a meaning of exclusivity : not everyone can understand our beliefs and ways, not everyone can perform a real spiritual work on himself, thus the Believer must sometimes live and work in seclusion. Sektarism is the way by which we try to separate ourselves from the mundane.
“La Mort de l’Infidèle” album will be released on May 19. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
First there is a legitimate feeling of satisfaction, having worked on « la Mort de l’Infidèle » for a long time by now… but it is just a step. The path is long and we are already looking forward. Of course there are always some things one would want to change, otherwise he would be a fool or a liar : nothing is perfect, and if you genuinely believe your work is then you’re a self-righteous idiot. One has to be always humble and acknowledge its limits. « La Mort de l’Infidèle » has some, there are some few things here and there that could have been done differently, mostly due to the fact that the album was recorcded live with improvised parts, all in one take. But time has come to go over this and spread our release, keeping in mind our goal is to make better and stronger releases each time.
Tell me more about “La Mort de l’Infidèle”? Album ideas etc…
The « death of the infidel » is a title and concept that -we hope- will raise concerns and disgust in the world of today. But it doesn’t speak that much about the clash of religions : it’s more about the spiritual war one can be involved into at a personnal level. The spiritual death of a mistaken soul, the blind march of a non-believer and the subsequent mental and corporal pains one could have to endure when going away from the Light of our Lord. Be able to sacrifice a part of yourself if you want to reborn. Or die the complete and inexorable death if you step away from the Holy Path.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
The contemplation of this pathetic world, the antagonist rise of fanaticism and materialism, the sense of chaos spreading around as this civilisation slowly collapses, our own meditations… in fact it’s not only « inspiration », it’s in us so it comes naturally.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Sektarism’s sound?
« Holy ritual doom », I think it sums it all. No other words needed.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We are’nt on hiatus since we’re currently working on the release of our next album, « Fils de Dieu ». It has already been recorded and mastered, and the artwork is being given its final correction. You can expect a release around the end of this year/begining of 2018 if everything goes well. This time we want to act fast and release these two albums as close to each other as possible, since their conception was linked, so the overall concept will make sense.
We are also working on more live appearances or even maybe a tour, organizers interested in working with us can get in touch.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Our musical influences are various, going from funeral doom to power electronics. We try not to be under the influence of one or another too much, but express our own sound. Obviously some may pop up here and there, but Sektarism is the spawn of four minds coming from various horizons, and its multi-faceted shape makes it an entity of its own.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
No, no one in particular. Working with talented people could bring a lot to our congregation, but it would be a complete mistake to do it for the sake of doing it. We have no interest in the childish and ego-flattering play of the « special guests » and other rock ‘n roll bullshit. If we were to work with someone outside of Sektarism, it would only be on the basis of a sincere and mutual intelectual and spiritual link. And we don’t care if the involved individual is « well-known » or not.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Working sincerly, always doubting but never letting things go, being confident in our beliefs. That’s it. You can make a complex marketing strategy to be at the frontrow of social medias (and at some point we use them to promote our work), but being true to what you stand for is the only respectable way of working and driving the audience to you. Time will tell and all the opportunists and trend-followers will finally disapear. We let them take the mortal glory of today and we built our Temple with dedication and patience, because this will last.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Not everyone, and not from every of our relatives. But this is not of any relevance.
How’s the metal scene in your part of France right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
To be honest : the metal scene is rotting. Glory days have passed. New bands get more and more dull and uninteresting year after year. Gigs look more and more like safe and cosy meetings where all smell of the Devil is absent. It’s all a play of mirrors now : look at the Web and everything is shiny and great and exciting… but the artistic level is going down, people get more and more superficial, true passion and involvment are getting rare. It’s all about fame and entertainment. But is it different in other countries ? I guess it isn’t. It’s just the way the world goes today, and the extreme metal scene doesn’t escape the flood.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!