Interview with De ImperfAction

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De IMPERFACTION AS IT IS:
A Prague based neo-funk rock band De ImperfAction brought together a group of talented aspiring musicians from four continents. Their compositions reflect a wide range of social injustice: they speak up about growing lack of privacy on a planet; about the enormous amount of rape and murder in the world; about our hardened unholy generation; about people becoming social toys, about the losers and wanna-be ones; about disconnection and desolation of a modern man, lost and outcast.

Their style is a quirky mix of a heavy funk with the bits of rapping set on the Baroque period influenced harmonies.

What is your name?  I’m Nicolas, and our band;s called De ImperfAction.

Where are you from?   Well we’re a multinational band: our singer, Claudia da Veiga, is from Portugal; a drummer, Emre Ercan came from Turkey, lead guitar, Seungku Baek, is from South Korea and I’ve used to live in Seattle, WA. We all met in the fabulous city of Prague.

How long have you been making music?   Myself I used to compose classical and film music, and then about 8 years ago I decided I like Rocknrolla better 🙂

How many songs /albums have you released to date?   With my previous studio project, Necstatic Incredible (http://necstaticincredible.com) I’ve released two albums and a music video, and with De ImperfAction we’ve released 3 singles and a music clip.

Can you tell us about your upcoming release and the background and inspirations behind it?   The latest release, which was a single “Coz kunts alwayz win”, the one’ set to a music video (https://youtu.be/P4eVw6IGCh4), based on the idea that no matter how hard you try, those on top will always screw you up. The chorus goes like this I got the mighty power do you wanna play with me? I will laugh of your tears coz kunts alwayz win

How have you ended up in the music industry?   Music perhaps is the most wonderful thing in the world, so I think my bandmates would agree, it’s worth the effort no matter how tough and frustrating at times it may seem.

What do you think of the music industry in 2015?   Well we all know how the music industry works: elbow your way to the quick fame and money. Listening to the official music channels one gets the impression that the world is a careless happy place; as if there no violence, no tears, no genocide on a global scale, as if all people care about is shiny limos and silicon tits. De ImperfAction is a different story though. The band is a tight union of like-minded talented musicians from four continents who believe that people should hear and see certain things, or rather hear the truth, and the stage is an ideal platform for it. We believe that a talented person, influential especially, ought to take some responsibility and find the place in their art for those who suffer, and through the music offer their empathy: and this philosophy directly reflected in our compositions. There are a few bands out there who actually care but you need to look hard for them. So at this point the music industry in 2015 is no different from the one a decade ago, it’s just getting more crowded since everyone believes they can make music. So it just makes things much tougher, especially for people who spent their life on it.

Who do you think the most influential artist?   Speaking of our style (which we named as “Neofunk Rock”), perhaps Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana.

Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?   In the days of Necstatic Incredible I’ve collaborated with various excellent musicians including singers Nicole Weiss, and Mark Bowman, instrumentalists Thomas Herian, Oskar Török, Ulf Gjerdingen and Míla Benýšek, and FAMA String Quartet. Each of musicians added a unique artistic flavor to the project, and I remember it as a wonderful creative time.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?   I can only speak for myself but if that be the case I’d love to rock with Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple, whom I consider the most amazing rock guitarist of all times (but it’s just me:). Unfortunately it won’t be possible even if by some mysterious ways we’ve met, cause he’s no longer with us. Well, I love Marilyn Manson, and consider him one of the rare true artists nowadays, so if I was to collaborate it would be him, absolutely!

What was the first album you bought?   It was Deep Purple’s “Come Taste The Band” (1975)

What’s your favorite song at the moment? Rihanna’s “Umbrella”? Ahahaha! Just kidding. Somehow it rings in my head Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”. I think it’s a beautiful tune. But tomorrow it might be something totally the opposite.. hard to tell.. I love Vivaldi though 🙂

Who is the most influential artist now, and 10 years ago? Well, Beyonce, Lady GaGa? Whatever their names are… Ten years ago I was too busy with polyphony and orchestration, so I cannot really answer this one but I guess Nirvana had made a huge impact on a rock scene.

If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?   That be Earth, Wind & Fire “All ‘n All”

How do you think you differ from other artists?   Oh I know you don’t want to hear of sad and of mad – Yet here rises my song: a song for the living and for the dead. Terror spreading the wings, The war knocks on my door. And I’m pleading for peace: Sending signals up there, The signals that no one receives. Oh no no, no one receives [Signals] Yes, no one want to hear of “sad and of mad”, yet our band painstakingly carrying out the message to the audience, in spite of all the inconvenience and troubles it may cause. Not to mention that this message is being delivered on a highly convincing level, where each musician displays polished skills and sophisticated performance. We take a listener through the entire specter of emotions, just like it happens in real life, and this is perhaps our strongest quality as a band, and this is how we differ from other artists.

What is your favorite saying?   “No one said, it’s gonna be easy” [in relation to our band development]

What other hobbies or interests do you have?   Dinosaurs and aliens (but that’s just me:). We also like nature, especially sweet J. But again you can’t call it a hobby 🙂

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?  Me, no, but thinking of one. Our lead guitarist, Seungku. does have a fabulous numeric inscription tattoo on his arm, and I suppose Claudia, the singer, she’s got one but I never saw it, so it must be an imaginary tattoo I s’pose. And Emre, our drummer, no tattoos as far as I remember..

Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?   We’re in the midst of recording a debut album, and since the first clip hasn’t turned out the way we wished, we’re thinking of making another music video, this time w/out us on display, just the images, powerful images. So yea, we’ve started recording the album and launched a crowdfunding campaign, so that to raise some cash for the production and all. So if you feel like it resonates, your support be greatly appreciated: http://igg.me/at/deimperfaction.

What’s in the pipeline after this project?   We need to get out there and try various European festivals cause the truth is that our life performance is our strongest side, but make no mistake, we sound as cool on recording too! 🙂 So yea, gigs, exposure, maybe a music video. By the way if we’re to record the next album, it would’ve been recorded live in a club.

Thank you for your time and may you carry on making dope, fresh music. 

Yes, we thank you too and it is great that you render your webpage as a platform to the emerging musicians who can share their plans and ideas! So yea, thank you for the opportunity!

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