Into Orbit formed in 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand born from a collaboration between guitarist Paul Stewart and drummer Ian Moir. The two had played in several rock and metal bands together since 2009 before forming as a duo in March 2013. This is a short description from official facebook page. Well, the rest you can read in lines below, yes, and listen to this guys, if you like buy albums, but before all that, read what they have to say about music they make, country where they come from, and many more…enjoy… Questions have been answered by guitarist Paul Stewart
MJM: Cheers, guys! This is first contact with you, so be free to write about Into Orbit from the beginning.
Paul: The two of us always had good chemistry when it was just the two of us jamming, even in the context of other bands. Long, sprawling pieces of music with lots of subtle movement. Once Paul got a loop pedal in early 2013, we started exploring this approach more in-depth and were able to create a lot of different textures and song structures that weren’t previously available to us. We had our first gig after only a couple of practices, and things were going so well that we started focussing on writing more material with the aim of recording our debut album, Caverns.
MJM: New Zealand…my first contact was in youth with movie ˝Quiet Earth˝…impressive story for that time and cool soundtrack. Can you tell us litlle about genre of music you create? Great atmosphere on albums, and that remind me on that film.
Paul: Yes, that film has a brilliant atmosphere. I only saw it for the first time a couple of years ago. Atmosphere is very important to our music, whether it’s an unsettling feeling created by dissonance or noise, or juxtaposing those darker moods through cleaner tones, ambience and interweaving melodic lines. In terms of genre, we probably fall into the post-rock/post-metal category. Bands like Red Sparowes and Russian Circles are two instrumental bands in this genre I always come back to. They create a fantastic atmosphere using instrumental arrangements effectively and not in a gimmicky way. But we both enjoy bands/artists that create an immersive experience, irrespective of genre. For me (Paul) Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley and Muse are artists that I feel succeed in creating this immersive experience, and a sense of distance from the audience, which we strive to do in our live shows.
MJM: What is the situation on NZ for heavy music? How often do you play and where? When people think about your country, most of them say Russel Crowe or Mel Gibson, but we are interessted in good music.
Paul: There’s a great heavy music scene around NZ. In Wellington, there are a lot of hard-working people (promoters, venue owners/managers) at venues like Valhalla, Meow and San Francisco Bathhouse, who help in fostering a sense of community even in our small country and also bring some great international bands to NZ. We’ve found we have some crossover appeal in the sense that we have played with very heavy bands like Dawn of Azazel and Depths and international acts like The Ocean, but also bands more in the post-rock genre like Jakob and ‘hard to define’ bands like So Laid Back Country China. In our small country, it’s a good idea to play with as many bands from different genres as possible. We play in Wellington every couple of months, and last year did quite a bit of touring in both the North and South Islands of NZ.
MJM: Your second album is out few months.. reactions?
Paul: We’ve had some great reactions to Unearthing, people who enjoyed Caverns seem to enjoy it but it’s also brought us some new fans. We’re playing material from both albums now in a set that still feels seamless as a whole, and it’s been satisfying to see how the new material works with the older tracks, and the way people react to the new tracks in a live performance.
MJM: It is juicy, full and atmospheric. Mastering is just great! Are you satisfied 100%?
Paul: We’re very happy with the mixing and mastering on the album. The most important things for us are that sense of atmosphere you alluded to earlier, that the album feels cohesive as a whole, and the dynamics. These were captured brilliantly by both our mixing engineer, Jake Booth, and Mike Gibson, who is a world-class mastering engineer and provided those finishing touches. Mixing and mastering can be a tough phase of an album but we were lucky to work with two guys who were very much on the same page as us in terms of the sound we wanted.
MJM: Metal gigs in New Zealand, how often, crowd, new kids?
Paul: There are generally quite a few metal gigs in New Zealand each month, mostly at smaller venues. We get quite decent crowds of around 100 people in our hometown of Wellington, but it can be changeable in smaller towns. We seem to gain a few new fans at each gig, which is encouraging.
MJM: You are two persons in the band. Is it easier to create, i mean, when music start to go out from you?
Paul: We enjoy working as a two-piece band. Things happen quicker and discussions about changes to songs and new ideas are short and to the point. We try to get as much out of our two instruments as possible, both sonically and in a compositional sense. It’s a very organic process and all of our songs begin with us jamming ideas sometimes for hours on end, until we start refining things a bit and arriving at a structure for the piece.
MJM: Plans for 2017?
Paul: We’re always writing new music, so that’s our focus right now, along with getting Unearthing out to a wider audience. We hope to play some gigs in Australia sometime soon, and that could happen in 2017. We’ve just been added to the roster of artists on Australian label Art as Catharsis, and we’re excited about the opportunities that will come from working with them.
MJM: When we can expect new material…i know it is fresh, but hey.
Paul: Not entirely sure at this point, we are enjoying just getting back to the jam room and writing new music with no release date or deadline in sight.
MJM: Thanx a lot for this, guys!!! Any message for readers of Metal Jacket Magazine?
Paul: Thank you for reading, and there are a lot of other really interesting bands in our country, so give them a listen too if you get the chance. Particularly Opium Eater, Spook the Horses, So Laid Back Country China and Hiboux, but there are many more!
MJM: Hope to see your gig soon!
Tekst: Darko Rajić