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SEDATE ILLUSION interview: Supporting the local scene can mean so many things but all are important

by Vjeran

When we started Metal Jacket Magazine, we wanted to somehow bring our readers closer to bands that might have a harder time breaking through to listeners in the sea of ​bands and music.

To begin with, it would be best if you introduced your band.
Hi! Sedate Illusion started as a project between me (Vangelis Kakarougkas) and a good friend (Theodore Pegousis, ex-drummer of Equal Vector) in 2004. This project was supposed to gather all the discarded ideas of Equal Vector and put them into Sedate Illusion as instrumental music, so an instrumental album called Illusion was created. After that, I continued it as a personal project and I released two studio albums in 2010 and 2012. In 2013 the project turned into a full band with Anastasios Kibizis (guitars), Vangelis Glavinas (Bass), and Andreas Alamanos (drums) and we have released 4 full-length albums together since then.

Is it hard to keep all the members together since this music has no income?
Not at all! We love this music and we like the whole process, from its conception to the final product and the live gigs to present all of it.

How do you finance yourself and can you cover the costs of recording, equipment, and concerts with music?
We are all professional musicians and play at other gigs that generate that income.

What made you start playing metal music? Who were your role models in the beginning and has that changed over time?
The first metal bands that I listened to were mostly metal music, such as Metallica, Scorpions, Rage, Savatage, Kreator, Dark Tranquility, Therion, and many more bands from the 80s and 90s. Dream Theater came along the way and I was fascinated by that kind of new sound at the time. So when I first met the right people in my early twenties we tried to play progressive metal and that’s how Equal Vector was born.

Is it hard to find a publisher or is it better to self-publish considering the internet?
They all ask for money and that’s not how it goes. It is easier to publish it on our own.

What have you published so far?
Five full-length albums are officially published, yet there are two more that are hard to find.

How do you create songs, how do you record them?
Songs are not easy to create. There are so many ideas laying around and if one of them is unique and inspires me most, then I go for it and expand it and make it a fully structured song. The recording process has two phases, first, there are the pre-production songs (like demo songs if you like) and then the actual recording from the musicians.

Where do you get inspiration for the lyrics?
Everyday life, the struggle of it, people’s feelings and anxieties and so many more subjects! There is a wide range in it!

What is your favorite song you’ve made so far and why?
This is hard to answer, but, right now, one of my most inspiring songs is “Black Untold” from our latest album “Sedate Illusion”. It has so many influences from so many artists, like Gojira, Therion, Nevermore and so many others. It has this solid rhythm section and the keyboards with the guitars combine their harmonies so well finally the lyrics of this song were so natural for me to write them, I remember the process was pretty magical and intriguing. This song might mark Sedate Illusion for the next album(s). We’ll see until then.

Where can readers listen to you and maybe buy your material?
We are on many platforms such as YoutubeSpotifyFacebook, Apple Music, etc. Just type the name Sedate Illusion in your search engine.

How do you organize concerts, is it difficult for you, and how many people come to such concerts?
The last concert I managed to organize was in 2020 first I found a place and then the sound/light engineer professional brought his expertise. As for the people that came back then, I don’t really remember, it was certainly a 3-digit number though… For a small island like Corfu, this is a big number. 😛

In which countries have you played and where did you have the best time, where is the crowd the craziest?
Only in Greece, there were lots of concerts in Corfu and one in Ioannina, but we didn’t stumble upon crazy crowds, more judgemental ones I could say, maybe because of the genre I would assume.

What do you think about the digital release and is it serious like CD or LP?
I like buying Vinyl and I stopped buying CDs. I think there are a few people that still buy CDs. That’s why we stopped releasing CDs of our music. Everything is online now.

Was metal music more honest than today?
Metal music is always honest.

How do you comment on this bunch of sub-genres in metal is it good for metal or is it destroying it?
It is clearly a matter of taste, if you don’t like it don’t listen to it. I don’t feel that music is being destroyed by something. It is only evolving and expanding, and for some maybe this might be unpleasant. That’s evolution.

Do you support this commercialization of metal music and how about the wearing of metal t-shirts by some “exposed” people who do not belong to this philosophy of metal music?
I don’t either support it or am against it. It is what it is, I don’t waste my attention and/or my time on indifferent things.

What would you change in the world of metal and would you like to go back to the time before the internet if you remember it at all?
I wouldn’t change anything nor would I go back to the time before the internet, everything happens for a reason.

How important is supporting the local scene and can you single out a band from your area that you would recommend to our readers?
Supporting the local scene can mean so many things but all are important, for example buying a t-shirt, going to a concert, etc. One local band that comes to my mind now is Black Strat, these rockers are really something! Check them out if you like the genre.

How do you see this situation in the world and how do you think it will develop? Will they imprison us again, scare us or maybe send us into a big war?
Man, the situation with the wars and everything, is so messed up! I don’t dare to think about what the future holds! I am on the edge of my seat to see what is really going to happen, I can’t even speculate!

Finally, what would you say to our readers and why should they listen to you in the sea of ​​bands that are offered to them every day?
Truly there are so many bands and so many releases that come out every day! Our band has managed to combine the experimental sounds, the atmospheric synths, and the choirs with the most energetic and dynamic rhythm section which gives us the metal feel. There are so many layers in our music, which you can only find gradually through time as you listen to it.

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