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A Dirty Dozen with SEBASTIAN BRUNA from OCULTUM – October 2021

| 12 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “OCULTUM started on 2009, since then the band has been solving different line-up changes, redefining their sound and musical approach. During 2013, OCULTUM decided to enter the studio to record their debut album entitled, Ceremonia Oculta Primitiva, this material was reworked and after many hours, it was finally self released on 2015 in a deluxe Digipack CD edition (500 sold out copies) and in Pro Tape by Manifectation Records (100 sold out copies). Currently, OCULTUM have finished his second album Residue, 4 concise and extremely heavy songs that reach the 50 minutes blasting the silence, psychedelic and valvular production, this album takes you to their own characteristic sound, a harsh vision of how Doom, Stoner and Sludge must sound at the end of the planet. Ocultum sound create a lysergic journey, a portal to the human inferno, trying to fuse the listener mind under the magic of the old 70`s Sabbathic sound, blended with bone-crushing riffing and drumming, fiercely lobotomizing the senses.” We get singer / guitarist Sebastian 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?

There is no doubt that there are many hidden aspects (we are Ocultum you know?) In everything that this production is, to give some clues they have to do with the relationship between the movie samples that are in the songs and the lyrics of the songs themselves, there is something to discover in all that. Also musically the album you can feel it in a way the first time you listen to it, but it will never be the same to listen to it well smoked or perhaps with other substances…

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

Initially I smoked marijuana and listened only to music, I began to write stories, disturbing stories and alienating novels, but I felt that while I was telling these stories of putrefaction a music played in the background, so I grabbed my guitar and began to express a whole world that seemed more narrative than the words themselves, then I found myself immersed in a path of no return: Doom.

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

More than anything specific, I think I have had a sonic life, since my father listened to a lot of classic and progressive rock, and from there it has been an endless path in which I have dug the depths of the abyss to find many and varied heavy gems, music that indistinctly influence and contribute to the sonic multiverse that forges an understanding and musical dis-taste.

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

I would like to invite some cursed dead writers to write the lyrics of this music, I would like to hear the voices of the dead and the chant of people who could not scream being crushed by the dark hand of ignorance… and why not, to have Hendrix doing some guitar solos and Kurt joining me in some heartbreaking sludge backing vocals… just a dream!

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Smoke weed, have a good time with my girl, listen to my vinyl records and read literature that explodes your brain… play with a cat or a dog, share a wine with a guy from the street, caress the sand of a beach, eat mushrooms in the forest, gaze at the starry sky and walk a railroad track with a bottle of wine in hand… or even think of nothing for an hour.

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?

If you listen to doom, sludge, and stoner, you should listen to Ocultum because we mix those styles like no one else has. We don’t have the formula, that’s our formula. Approach the fire that will not burn you, drown in the sea that will not drown you. I’ve never been ashamed of something someone said, I don’t give a shit about any criticism.

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?

Hahaahahaha good question. I am the cook… the master of the grill. Ricardo, the drummer, is the insane acoustic guitarist, and Pablo has always delighted us with his taste for whiskey and shots of Jägermeister or tequila.

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

When I heard EVE from Ufomammut. I was alone and high on mushrooms. I understood that there is something beyond anything tangible, even the band that was playing. They stopped being interpreters and I finally understood that they were the channel to draw a higher energy that comes from the universe. At least that’s what I believed at the time.

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?

The best thing of being in a band is that somehow everyone believes in advance that you are a loser hahahaahahaa, so you don’t have much else to lose. Also the fact that being a musician makes you unpredictable and disconnected. If I stopped being a musician, I would go back to being a writer, maybe an actor, or a serial killer. Something that causes deep horror.

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?

The truth is, I have never expected a specific question, but I would like everyone to wonder why this planet is still commanded by morons and what we will do to defeat them. The classic question that I always think is left over is about influences, I think that music speaks for itself, and who listens to music, listens beyond the obvious.

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 do not live for success or the clever phrase, there is a lot of ego in music today and we have to take care of mistakes, because everyone makes mistakes and that should not matter to anyone. But help. I do not regret any step taken, be it good or bad for those who are divided into those concepts. Fuck off, I’m learning along the way. Many moralists and few practitioners. Lots of glass ass and few scarred guys. I am covered in scars. Waiting for the next step, wisely.

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?

Tuff question… I wish I had been part of the Black Sabbath Volume 4 recording!!! Definitely. The best riffs and infinite cocaine hahaha, with the masters of riff and heaviness!! So fuckin ‘cool!!




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