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After Mauricio Bustamante left Reign of the Architect, he started working on his new production and multinational band called “EXXILES”. This production will reflect how sometimes we are exile in life by simple or great things when we are betrayed by something we believed in. At the end there is only one result, abandonment. With pain… With anger… With passion, you discover that you learn how to rise, to liberate and fight for the things you believe in once again, at that moment the exile transforms into something that makes you stronger while you leave it behind, to keep walking towards some other kind of exile. That is the reason of EXXILE.
The first work of the band will be a conceptual album and it will talk about loyalty. Loyalty should be a symbol of friendship, politics, religion, love… It will have a lot of stories but at the end they will all have the same direction to become one. It will show how loyalty becomes weak when personal interests are involved in it.
How were you socialized musically, and which artists or musicians would you consider your peers?
Mauricio: First of all, I would like to thank you for the interview. It’s a beautiful hidden chemistry how things start to grow when you have no personal relation with musicians at the beginning. Somehow I relate this feeling to when you expose a musical note as a handshake. Afterwards, things just start to move around the music, little by little you get to know the person by the way of their instrumental interpretation. In the beginning of Reign of the Architect, I was searching for musicians with this musical connection. Fortunately I found not only good musicians but also good friends like: Mike Lepond, Gus Monsanto, Jonas Hörquivist, Kyle Honea and Yuval Kramer, among others. It was the same with Exxiles. I approached the new musicians with an open heart music and the magic happened once again, only this time with different souls. I had the opportunity to work with old and new friends in the field of Exxiles. I’m working for the second time with Mike Lepond (Symphony X) and Gus Monsanto (ex Adagio, Revolution Renaissance), and for the first time with Oddleif Stensland (Communic), Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, Savatage), Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage), Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus), Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect), David Grey (Lost in Thought), Sergio Aguilar (Agora), Simon Rojas (Bass) – a talented bass player that has worked with different Mexican bands, Noel Martinez (Keyboards) – a great keyboard player with a natural talent and a special feeling that releases in every note and last but not least, Antonio Rivera (Guitar) - a very special musician who won his place in the ship to the exile.
When I started working with these musicians, I listened to their unique way of expression. With Oddleif, I felt a cool and unique connection when we started working in the songs where he appears, it was an immediate musical connection. We were searching for the best structure that the music was requiring. It has been amazing to work with this guy, I hope we continue working together in the future. With all this notes I realized that we forged a kind of friendship because of the music we worked. With Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex Savatage), also a cool and unique experience but different because, as you know, every musician brings its own colors and textures to the music. When it happens the musical atmosphere starts to get shape, it’s like a white canvas where the colors start to appear as the musicians start bringing their notes, and so on. At the end is inevitably to feed a friendship by the love of music.
Why did you leave Reign Of The Architect?
Mauricio: There were many reasons, and it was a hard decision because of the love I gave and the time I spent in the project and in the band. When you leave behind the music you’ve written you remember the silence. The silence between yourself and the music in the middle of the night, all those feelings trying to get out, nobody really knows what are the confessions when you write a simple note. During 2007 and 2008 I wrote my feelings and confessions in the instrumental parts of 11 songs of the album. It was in Autumn of 2008 when I first contacted Yuval Kramer and right after that we started working together in the production of the album. Later, he worked in the vocal lines with the singers in Israel. It was all a collective work.
The hard part was to “Say goodbye to the years of hard work, just for one reason… To Rise in another place”. I left Reign of the Architect because my heart was not there anymore. It was a beautiful experience to work and play with them, but the last time I was in Israel for the concert with Symphony X I found the “Distance” in many aspects. When I came back to Mexico the situation turned complicated because of the upcoming tour in Russia, and at that moment the financial issue was a problem that I couldn’t face, so I decide to leave the band.
How did you come up with the concept of Exxiles and the motif of rising again after a personal setback?
Mauricio: I wouldn’t say it was a personal setback, I would say it was a learning of life.
I developed the concept after my last trip to Israel. I spent many days thinking between pages of books, notebooks and still feeling the “Distance”. Suddenly one night I realised that people experience different kinds of exile in their life. I began to investigate more about the meaning of the word “Exile” and I discovered that some amazing people had been exiled because of their way of thinking and feeling about the prevail of loyalty, love and beliefs.
The ideas were coming into place when I found out what happened to these people in the exile, how this situation changed their life. I saw how people were sentenced because they put their chest to defend their beliefs … “Human Values”. With all these feelings I initiated the concept of the first album. It’s ironic, but all this new rising was born by the meaning of exile.
Are you intent on drawing out this idea across more than one album?
Mauricio: The story of the first production of Exxiles ends in the same album. For the second album I have some other ideas and I have already the structure of the story. What I can tell you now is that one of the characters of the first album will continue appearing. In this first album we will listen to plenty of orchestrations mixed with a variety of colours of root music. This is something I always try to keep in the music I work.
How could you put together this kind of all-star lineup?
Mauricio: Basically, I introduce the music and the concept to the musicians that I believe would fit for the characters and the music of Exxiles. Afterwards, we talk about the possibility of working together and fortunately, the responses have been positive… And that is when the river starts to run. The music would be completely different without the whole crew. Everyone of us has put a part of their soul in this exile and when I listen to the music, I see how all of them have exceeded my expectations. This time I’ve had the chance to work with amazing musicians from Mexico, as I mention earlier. Working with these guys has brought me back to my Latin roots, you will feel it when you listen to the music.
The music of Exxiles is a beautiful mixture of musicians from different parts of the globe; inevitably, each of them has showed their roots in the music and that is why I love to work with musicians from all around the world. “Learn from their music for the music”.
Do you plan to play live, and how would that work with so many participants?
Mauricio: Definitely, it is one of the future plans of Exxiles. I have been talking with some of the musicians that appear in the album about it but at this moment our minds and souls are focused on the album. When the time to put everything on the stage comes, we´ll figure it out.
How do we have to imagine the music business and Metal scene in particular in Mexico?
The metal scene in Mexico is good and quite big but unfortunately after some time, many bands disappear because they don’t worry enough about the final results of their work. Few of them take the time to sit and work with a producer or even to think of who will be responsible for the artwork of the album. It might seem simple stuff but only few bands actually care about these details… “If you want true changes, you must start to walk different”.
There are awesome Mexican bands who are working very hard and are committed to music like Agora, Alaghom, Arkhe, The Zephyr, Ines Chavez, just to mention a few. To be in the music business requires responsibility, time and money that you might not even have at that moment, and this is one think that not only happens in Mexico, it happens everywhere else. The music business is a big monster that is constantly mutating so you must keep yourself up to date and informed all the time.
When do you think the production will be finished?
It will be finished this Summer. It is a good time to walk with the sun.
We are very happy to announce that Dianoya will join "New Generation Tour" which will promote Riverside new album. Together with Jolly (USA) and Riverside (PL) Dianoya will play sixteen concerts in Europe:
Hello Jan Niedzielski, guitarist from DIANOYA, I’m Jesus from PerfectProg.com, thank so much for your time and disposition.
1. Please talk us about Dianoya’s band name, the meaning.
Jan: Dianoya is a philosophical term. It was used by Plato. It is a type of intellectual and discursive thinking, in contrast with the immediate apprehension.
2. In the recent years the Polish prog metal scene has excelled from the rest of the world, bands like Riverside, Disperse, Division by Zero, Sandstone, Votum, Symphony and of course Dianoya, all you are making excellent music, why?
Jan: Great to hear that J To be honest – before release of our first album “Obscurity Divine” I didn’t have idea that so called polish prog is so popular outside our country. And it was really amazing to read those emails from people all around the world! And what is the reason? Maybe because there is no space for ambitious music in polish mass media. Even polish death metal bands like Vader or Behemoth are more popular in U.S. or in Europe than in Poland. Sad but true. I don’t know what the hell is wrong with polish media but whenever I talk with some polish musician his aim is to build his popularity outside our country.
3. I like so much Dianoya, Obscurity Divine is a masterpiece, you have a unique style, many and diverse influences, from where comes inspiration?
Jan: Thanks. I always say that life is the best inspiration to create music. Before working on our first album we didn’t have any idea in what direction we should go. And it was really cool because we didn’t have any limitations. In that time we knew, that we want to release this album on our own. We didn’t bother if someone say that some tracks are too long or the atmosphere is too moody. While working on that album we were listening to music but It’s really hard to say if there was one band that gave us inspiration.
4. Now Lidocaine is your second full length, please tell us about the recording and production.
Jan: Main difference about those two albums is that this time we really knew what we want to achieve. Before we entered the studio, we’ve made demo in our rehearsal room. We were recording in two studios: “PROGRESJA STUDIO” with Pawel “Janos” Grabowski and “SERAKOS STUDIO” with Magda and Robert Srzedniccy. Riverside has recorded 3 albums in SERAKOS, so we knew, that these people really know how to do their job. I am very pleased, because in my opinion production on this album is great, much better than on first album.
5. Why the name Lidocaine?
Jan: Well, a lot of cool things and few bad things happened after the release of our debut. I do not want to complain or anything like that, but there were some mistakes that we made. Fortunately, we drew conclusions and we focused on making new songs. There was something wonderful, that no matter what happens next, we’re playing in our rehearsal room and do our best! Creating music is an antidote to various problems. On the other hand, we realize that music we make is not easy. If someone really wants to experience this album, he needs to isolate himself from outside world for a while. It may be a form of anesthesia.
6. I love Dreamlack video, magnificent work, there’s some video from Lidocaine?
Jan: Yeah, Dreamlack video is very original. Marcin Przymus, who is director of this clip did really great job. This time we won’t make any video.
7. Please say us about Best Wishes song.
Jan: “Best Wishes” is track, that we choose to promote whole album. Every song on this CD is dedicated to real person, that has appeared in Lopez’ life (he wrote all lyrics on this album). This song is very ironical, lyrics for some moments are very sharp. On the other hand music is rather calm. I think, it’s great combination and this track is one of my favourite.
8. Please tell us about Drum Fest 2012 and the Terry Bozzio / Tony Levin experience.
Jan: Wow……!!!! It’s absolutely awesome when you share a stage with such great musicians! We had only 30 minutes. After our gig we were chatting for a while with Pat Mastelotto. He was watching our show. We gave him our CD then we took a photo with Bozzio and that was it. After our show Tony Levin said “Good job” J
9. Do you have some gigs in the near future?
Jan: We plan few gigs in Poland at February 2013 but we aspire to play outside our country.
10. Why the nick names Yahoo, Lopez and Paco?
Jan: These nick names come from our first names and surnames. It’s really hard to translate it to English.
11. Please tell us your favorite bands.
Jan: Type O Negative, Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains, Pantera, Opeth
12. There’s something that you want to share with us?
Jan: I hope you like our newest album “Lidocaine” and see you on our gigs J
Thank so much for your time Jan, it was a great pleasure for us on PerfectProg, please keep making beautiful music, “BEST WISHES”!!!