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A Dirty Dozen with PETER HRAUR from 1000 BONE CYLINDER EXPLOSION – October 2021

| 30 October 2021 | Reply

We get Peter to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The release as whole I was trying to go for a ‘dumb and fun’ vibe somewhat at least on the initial listen.  It’s honestly a pretty revealing question though because it was actually written around a few central musical themes.  And there are definitely more than a few “hidden nuggets” in there I guess as well.  I almost don’t want to say anything because I don’t think anyone has stumbled into any of them yet except friends and people I know who I had told which I guess actually might be a failure on my part as a writer, as I was hoping a few of them were more obvious than they apparently seem to be.  The fun in writing it for me was doing those things, so even if no one stumbles upon them, I’m not sure I even want to give them away.  In a way, it’s almost the point of the record, as pretentious as it may be haha.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve always been into music.  My parents got me piano lessons at age 6 because I was always tinkering around on the piano we had, and I’ve been enamored with trying to write songs ever since then.  I don’t think there was ever a solid specific moment where I said I wanted to be a musician; it’s just something I did, and I can’t really see myself not doing it.  It’s been my entire life.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I think I’ve been lucky to have a lot of people in life that had various different musical interests, and each one I think was important.  Early on I was really into classic rock because that was the kind of stuff my dad listened to, and then as I grew up, I had friends and teachers pulling me into punk, jazz and all different types of things.  My first time I remember getting REALLY into the metal scene though was when I stumbled into power metal and folk metal with bands like Blind Guardian and Finntroll.  I have a real soft spot for fantasy type things, and the “epic” and “Escapist” sounds of bands in those genres were the ones that got me really excited because it was a “rock” band that was trying to evoke those things, not just like an orchestra or film score or something.  From there I got deeper and deeper into it, and now I make weird Blackened Thrash metal occasionally it seems.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

This probably changes depending on what project I’m writing for, and I also think that I’m probably unconsciously influenced by way more things that I can list, and in big ways, but in general some of my 5 favorite… or respected artists for me I guess are: Blind Guardian, Plini, Queen, Alcest, and Gogol Bordello. I dont have much rhyme or reason for these haha.  None of these artists sound like a direct link to what I did with 1000 Bone Cylinder Explosion.  It’s a tough question!

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

For 1000 Bone Cylinder Explosion, the whole idea is that it’s just a project for me. It’s just the things I write that don’t really fit into the other bands I’m in.  I’m really only going to ask people to do stuff with me if I can’t physically do the thing myself. For instance on Bind, I can’t play drums that fast so I asked Greg to do them.  Ideally I could do everything myself to streamline the process, as I already have other projects where I work with people to fulfill that desire and workflow.  I’m sure I’ll still be asking people to help out with things in the future – the vocal department is somewhere else I feel like I lack, so I can see myself asking some other vocalists to help as well, but it almost defeats the point for me to have a specific collaborator as a goal of mine.  In every case I’ll probably just be asking people I already work with from Lör, Botis, or bands in the scene I’m friendly with.  It’d be whoever is easiest to work with I guess.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Do you enjoy the occasional panic attack while watching Saturday morning cartoons while drinking coffee?  That’s kind of like what 1000 Bone Cylinder Explosion is except with screaming and guitar solos. I haven’t gotten many reviews; the ones I did haven’t made me cringe though.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Well it’s just me, myself and I.  We like beer.  The rest of the things we don’t do too well.  I can’t stand those guys.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I don’t think this has ever happened to me haha.  If I had to choose though, I got to take a photo with Hansi after a Blind Guardian show once – so probably that.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I like song writing the most.  And if I can’t be a musician… something that allows me to have a weekend off or something I guess.  Preferably not interacting with people too often. I don’t know haha.  I’m not super good at much else, so whatever happens happens.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Honestly, interviews in general are pretty difficult for me because I’m a little awkward and I’m not particularly great at talking about myself, so if there was a question that could represent the absence of a question – like a statement- probably that haha.  I don’t think that’s how interviews work though.  How great though would it have been if you just sent me a list of statements, and I just responded with “*nods in approval silently*” and “yes, totally” to everything? And I’m not tired really of anything – I understand that there’s going to be some repetition because of the nature of the medium.  It is what it is!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I’ve been stumbling through everything so far – so everything has been wildly imperfect and sloppily executed, but it wouldn’t have gotten done otherwise, so I don’t really have any regrets.  I’m figuring things out as I go.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I don’t have any particular record in general, but I think I’d love to sit in on almost any Blind Guardian record to see how they work behind the scenes.  They’re so good at crafting songs and executing the perfect energy and moods sometimes, and it would be cool to be a fly on the wall in their studio to see how they approach things.  If I had to pick one- maybe A Night At the Opera sessions, just to see how “And Then There Was Silence” was put together.

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