Vile Urn Interview

I came across this cool band recently and thought I’d share with you guys. They were kind enough to answer my questions. Enjoy 🙂

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LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
Vile Urn: We are actually childhood friends. “Bff”s as you may say. For over a decade, we played, recorded, and grew our music and ourselves in Tekirdag. We forged an unadulterated, unbridled, unbreakable and uncensored sound, while developing a good friendship, even a loyal brotherhood. Previously recorded a demo with two tracks in it but never released it, while we were still going through our forging period. Our debut EP, Way of the Voice, contains 5 tracks which were created in a short time but the recording process was compelling. After recording about a year, we released it on July 6, 2018. Since then we’re working on our new tracks and were performing before the pandemic.

Mert Karabulut – Vocals
Özgür Atmaca – Guitars
Bugrahan Eroğlu – Drums
Cagdas Sonmezışık- Bass

LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys been holding up?
Vile Urn: We were affected like everyone else, we had to postpone most of our projects and plans, we devoted ourselves to produce our new songs in the studio and got involved in other productions outside the band to solve our financial uncertainty.

LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
Vile Urn: That’s right, we have our own studio equipments at home, so we can do everything effectively.

LOMM: Modern sounds are my thing  How about you? What does your genre mean to you, why did you choose this genre?
Vile Urn: Since many things have been done before, we needed new sounds and the fact that the modern sound does not fit into certain patterns, gave us the freedom we were looking for, so we can sail in a modern sound that combines many styles without restrictions.

LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Vile Urn: It all started with a couple of demos and we worked on them together to shape them into what we love.

LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?
Vile Urn: Although we think that we have achieved some global standards in terms of composition, theme and production, we are always open to development and we believe that we should work harder.

LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
Vile Urn: We are trying to manage the advertising and social media accounts of the band ourselves and since we are not professionals in this area, we can reach our music to a certain extent, but as far as we can reach, the feedbacks satisfy us.

LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Vile Urn: We got tired of jamming to each other. Before the pandemic we’ve been on a small tour including 5 cities and many times in Istanbul.

LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Vile Urn: It’ll all be good as long as we keep working hard and heavy.

LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes / concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Vile Urn: Lyrics and themes are feeding from the economic, social and emotional elements experienced in ourselves and around us. To summarize it we just open our eyes everyday to see what’s going on with everything, and mainly Mert Karabulut is the man behind our lyrics.

LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Vile Urn: Both are very exciting for us but they cannot compete with each other. They both have different pros and cons, so a bit of both.

LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
Vile Urn: Özgür Atmaca is our composer, guitarist  and recording producer. He is composing the songs. Sometimes we are telling him if we want to make some changes about the arrangements. He makes it if its possible. And so we are  entering the main recording process.

LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
The artist: After the Burial, Erra, While She Sleeps, Veil of Maya, Eskimo Callboy, Thy Art is Murder, Architects and many more.

LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Vile Urn: Of course we listen to our audience but we play and make our music for ourselves. We do what we love to do.

LOMM: When you look back at your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Vile Urn: At the moment, there are no achievements we can count as a success but we are working tirelessly for our standards.

LOMM: Is there a manager / recording label you are working with?
The artist: Currently not, but we are looking for someone to represent us, especially abroad.

LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
Vile Urn: : We look forward to being on the road with them after all this is over. Stay tuned and stay safe.

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