Musicscan: How big is the interest in Motionless In White being back with a new album. Do you get lots of requests from your fans and press people? What are they asking or telling you these days? Are there unexpected questions, or something that is different compared to when you releases your previous records?
Motionless In White: It’s been all over the place right now because the record hasn’t come out yet and everyone is curious about different things. I have enjoyed all the press I’ve done so far, especially for countries like Germany that we normally don’t get a lot of press in. I can’t wait for the record to come out and then to read all the questions that will come after that.
Musicscan: As high expectations sometimes lead to disappointments: do you somehow worry at this point? I mean all the creative work has been done and you have to wait for the street date….
Motionless In White: I have such high hopes for how this record will be received that I can’t imagine it not being a favored record by the fans. It really sucks having to wait for it to come out though. It’s been recorded for months and i’m sick of waiting haha.
Musicscan: A more general one: Have you been surprised by the fact, that listeners from different musical tastes are getting Motionless In White? And is this something you can understand or explain somehow?
Motionless In White: I don’t even question it or try to explain it, I just feel very grateful that people from all genres are giving us a chance. We don’t stick to one particular music style, so it’s nice to see that the fans aren’t from one style of preference. I love that so much.
Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the metal scene at all as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the metal heroes you grew up with did before Motionless In White were around?
Motionless In White: I have my issues with where we are at some times, but like i said, I’m just grateful to be playing regardless. I think we get categorized in with bands we don’t fit with and I really sucks when I hear us being compared to bands that I don’t like instead of the bands we are influenced by. I want to carry on the legacy that my heroes started, not disrespect them.
Musicscan: Do you think it's more important for bands to observe the traditions of their style, or to push the genre's boundaries? Is there a way to achieve a balance between progression and tradition? What's to say about what Motionless In White are doing in this regard?
Motionless In White: I think it’s important to stick with tradition in terms of showing that particular genre the respect it has earned. However I think that to keep people interested you are required to find a way to make it your own and do something that will make your band memorable. We pay close attention to what we do in that regard. We don’t want to make a mockery of a genre that we fit in with or admire. At the end of the day, it’s all Metal.
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song for/with Motionless In White and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you finish a song? How has your relationship to the music and the band changed over time?
Motionless In White: I do remember. I personally hate all of our older material, so I don’t reminisce too often and not very fondly when I do, but it was a very amazing feeling at the time to have written a song to call our own. Now that this is our career instead of just a group of friends jamming in a garage, things have obviously changed and feel a bit more formulated, but that has never taken away the feeling of completing a song. Its unlike anything else i can describe.
Musicscan: From my point of view your taste in music has become a little wider over the years. True? Were there any musical elements you meant to incorporate in the music for Reincarnate by choice?
Motionless In White: It’s funny that thats your observation because from an outsiders perspective, that’s what I would say as well. But thats actually very incorrect. My musical tastes have always been the same, it’s that the outside influences that I felt were holding me back from writing music that I wanted to be writing all along were just a lot more present in the past. I used to care too much about what the fans would think, or if our label would hate the music and shit like that, so I wrote music that I wasn’t entirely happy with just because I felt constrained to do what everyone else wanted from us. Now I don’t give a fuck and I write what I’ve wanted to write the whole time. It’s a great feeling to have let go of all those bad feelings I had and to write music for myself and do what I wanted to do for so long.
Musicscan: Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern metal core basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?
Motionless In White: I think, at this point, that all music is going to stem from something thats already been done. There is no way to create something entirely unique without it being reminiscent of something from the past. For us, we try our best to add our own touch to our favorite styles and the way we do that is to incorporate so many different styles into 1 song or 1 album. But we still receive all the negative “they ripped off this band” criticism regardless. It’s a losing battle that I just don’t care about anymore.
Musicscan: Reincarnate finds separation through passion and rememberable heaviness, something you are not hearing too often these days. It's well balanced, brutal and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. What is your attitude towards your sound in general? What are you looking/going for?
Motionless In White: I think why I like this record so much is because there wasn’t a specific direction sought out from the beginning of the writing. I let whatever was going to happen, happen. I feel like a lot of music today lacks heart and honesty, so I really wanted to make sure that this record showed that side of us up front more than anything. I think we have finally found a sound that represents the band more than the other records have. When you hear this record you will know its MIW.
Musicscan: Furthermore, Reincarnate is a pretty self confident record. It's intense and stands somehow outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. True? And do you still have to deal with limitations when it comes to the songwriting or are you in a position to realize all the ideas you have?
Motionless In White: I touched on this a few questions ago as well, but no I definitely do not feel limited anymore. I don’t write music for anyone else but me anymore. If fans love it then thats great, but it was killing my soul to have to worry so much about what people would think of EVERYTHING I did. Fuck it, people are going to hate us anyway, so why worry about it? I do not like following trends and because of that, we have lasted for as long as we have. I like where we are at and its really nice to see someone else recognize that, so thank you.
Musicscan: There are some guest musicians on the album – why especially them? What is their connection to Motionless in White?
Motionless In White: There are Maria Brink from In This Moment and Tim Skold on the record. Both of them are very close personal friends and they both were crucial parts of the songs they sing on. Tim and I wrote the song he sings on together and since Tim is my partner in crime, I of course wanted him to sing on it. He wrote the majority of the song, so I feel like it’s more his than mine. Maria is on the song she sings on because she has one of the coolest and sexiest female voices in metal right now. She is great at what she does and when I knew I wanted a female voice on one of the songs she was the first person to come to mind. Very unique voice.
Musicscan: Did all of you guys had an equal vision about how the new album should sound like right from the beginning of the working process? What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the band during the writing and recording of your new album? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of the final product?
Motionless In White: The only songwriters in the band are Ricky and myself. The music and everything you hear from the band comes from our working relationship together. We share the exact same vision for what we want to accomplish so it wasn’t really a challenge to find a compromise or anything like that. Thats was makes it so easy for us to do what we do, that both of us agree on nearly everything and are so driven to accomplish the same goals.
Musicscan: Lastly, is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Reincarnate?
Motionless In White: I just want people to shut the fuck up with criticizing and just listen and enjoy. Too many people today put in a record and want to hate it more than like it. It shouldn’t be like that. Just bang your head for fucks sake haha.