Soulless interview for Mighty Magazine # 16
Journalist: Michael H. Andersen
Answers by band member: Jim Lippucci, Vocals and Wayne Richards, Guitar
1. I have been familiar with Soulless for a few years through some reviews I read in American magazines, but you never made much notice of yourself in Europe? Howcome?
We sent a good number of CD’s to distros and zines worldwide and
got some good responses from all corners of the globe. It becomes very
difficult and expensive to promote heavily outside the U.S., but we
do what we can.
2. Now you signed with a Japanese record company, World Chaos Productions. What made you sign with them? Weren’t there any American companies interested?
We had a couple of offers from some American labels, unfortunately those
people decided not to follow through with us for whatever reasons they
may have had. WorldChaos expressed their interest in us and then quickly
followed through with a tremendous amount of support and enthusiasm,
no bullshit, or hesitation.
3. Who will handle the distribution and promotion of your album in the US? I suppose your home market is the most important for you?
Right now we’re unsure as to who will be distributing the album
in the US. Once the album is released WorldChaos will license the album
in different territories, so it’s sort of up to them. The US market
is not really all that important to us. Obviously we’d love to
see the release well received and distributed throughout the US, but
unfortunately I don’t feel our home market is all that receptive
to our style.
I don’t understand why this doesn’t ring a positive bell
to your ears. The tributes allowed us to have a budget to work in the
studio and even allowed us to record our newer material at no personal
expense. We were able to hammer out the promo that eventually helped
us sign to WCP at the same time we recorded the tributes. It was also
a chance to play songs that we love and grew up on, and have these recordings
nationally released! Overall it was a great experience. I love the Ozzy
tribute song. I grew up on Sabbath and Ozzy so it was very cool to have
someone allow us to do something like that.
I would like to think of “Agony’s Lament” as our first
record because this is what Soulless is now…the material is definitely
the strongest we have ever written. As the band has evolved from the
loss of our original guitarist and bassist, so has the sound of the
band (for the better, I might add). It took a while for the band to
get where it is now; for the band to be tight enough and have a lineup
of 5 people all going in the same direction… which brings us to
today…we sent out hundreds of promos to labels, zines, radio stations,
you name it. It takes time to find the right person to see what your
doing with your music and be willing to spend thousands of dollars to
release promote your product.
6. I am quite amazed about the energy you display on “Agony’s Lament” and the style you are playing. To me you don’t sound very American, but more like the new breed of the Scandinavian/European thrash/death scene. Which are your main inspirations and which bands are an honour for you to be compared with?
My inspiration lies mainly in the bands that really defined the genre
early on: bands like Sodom, Kreator and Destruction. I am always honored
to be compared to these bands, as they are truly legends and pioneers
of true thrashing death metal.
7. Do you see Soulless competing with the biggest bands in the genre you play (The Haunted etc.), do you have what it takes? Are you ready to take out two months in your calendar, leave your jobs and family and go on tour?
I hate to apply the term “compete” to metal. I’m sure
we can thrash and rage and drink as much as any band, and look forward
to the opportunity to do so. My job sucks and my family finds me highly
disgraceful and disgusting... I have no problem leaving either behind
for an extended period of time.
8. Which other American bands playing more or less the same genre as Soulless would you recommend? Do you have any soul mates musically from the States?
I can think of no one outside of our circle playing our type of metal,
there are very few bands that come to mind. I dare say that Americans
are afraid of thrash.
9. I also feel you have some inspiration from the early thrash metal scene, both the European (Kreator, Destruction) and the American (especially Sadus and Athiest (vocalwise). Please comment on this.
Again I will say that Kreator and Destruction are very influential to
me. Early thrash is what I love. It is the greatest music on this planet.
Do you know anything about Denmark and the Danish metal scene?
If you like thrash check us out at www.soullessdomain.com Keep an eye
out for Soulless’ “Agony’s Lament” on Worldchaos
Production. Let Metal be your guide and keep a Beer at your side.