Picture, if you will, the aggressive sound of Los Angeles‘ Aesthetic Perfection, reborn with more melodic vocals and synth-lines. A kinder, gentler take on that same ferocious spirit; it speaks more eloquently, but with the same violent core lurking behind the words. Present it to the listener with a ‘romance/romantic soul in the midst of bloody self-destruction’ strain of melancholy, give it more personal messages behind the music, and allow it to marinate for a year of production time. The outcome; Necessary Response’s new album, “Blood Spills Not Far From The Wound“. The side-project of Daniel Graves, front man of aggressive electro band Aesthetic Perfection, Necessary Response offers a complex blend of melodic interludes backed by percussion that is oddly timed enough to sound like jazz (think Haujobb), but holds it’s own as an individual work. Necessary Response has been slowly gaining popularity, recently getting club play at new york city's Cybertron, and the band is an underground favorite for our close knit group of rivetheads. |
so the story is that "necessary response" started out as b-sides from "aesthetic perfection". i heard a few of the necesarry response tracks started out as "aesthetic perfection" tracks originally posted on mp3.com. can you tell me a bit about the history of necessary response?
My original idea with Aesthetic Perfection was to create a project that wasnt limited by small genre specific labels. So the first draft of "Close to Human" was totally different than the version that was released. It had loud agressive tracks and softer more vocally melodic ones. But, the powers that be felt this was too bold an idea to try on a debut album and asked me to split the projects in two.
So I did and Necessary Response was created...
where does the name "necessary response" come from?
The name came about as an inside joke between me and someone I know. When the time came to name my new project, I picked Necessary Response because I think it fit and related to my musical situation at the time... but mostly I was curious about the reaction I would get from the person the joke was created with.
i heard "necessary response" is a play on the name "imperative reaction"?
Ockhams Razor - the simplest solution to any question tends to be the best one.
your "necessary response" profile says your location is "hollywood, california", yet your "aesthetic perfection" profile says you're in germany. do you move around a lot? where are you currently residing?
Hollywood is my home, where I will always go back to, but at the moment Im living in Berlin, Germany. Before that it was Salzburg, Austria. I figured I should get out of the states for a couple of years and see the world. Its a totally different experience here, really disorienting when you pull yourself out of your element. I think its great. Plus I can smoke in bars and buy Absinth. Thats a plus.
it's pretty impressive that you manage to make a living off your music, what's your secret?
The secret is to sacrifice everything but the essentials. I literally sold all of my worldly possessions when I left LA. I had a computer, a synth and a suitcase of clothes when I got on the plane. In all honestly Im surprised I made it this far, Ive been here over a year now.
"necessary response" was featured artist of the month in zillo, orkus and sonic seducer magazine. congratulations! how has the overall public reaction been to "necessary response" compared to your work from "aesthetic perfection"?
Strangely its been a slow moving, steady build up. When the record was first released, I didnt even see any sort of peak in interest, which is what happened when the AP album came out. But now that its been released, slowly but surely, the amount of feedback I receive gets more and more every day.
From what Ive seen, people either love the album or they hate it, which means I did something right. Any measurable reaction has value because if people just think its... bland or boring or "whatever" it just says volumes about your mediocrity as an artist. I was actually a bit touched when an AP fan told me he hated the NR record because "It was weird" or something like that. The only response I could give him was "Yeah well at least it sounds different."
i love the necessary response album, but the song "vapor" is particularly my favorite. what inspired your songwrinting and lyrics on this track?
The song is actually 6 or 7 years old now. My friend and I wrote it when we were doing music together back in 2000, I think. We just kind of threw the music together in an hour or so and then let it sit on a CDR until 2 years ago when I was going through the old tracks remeniscing.
Lyrically I think its pretty straightforward, but I dont like giving longwinded explanations about the meaning. Simply because when an artist reveals his or her own inspiration, a lot of the time it takes away from what the listener gets out of it.
how did you get started writing music?
Ive been making music since I was 12 or 13. I started playing bass with the intention of being in a punk band. When I was young I was looking up to bands like Dead Kennedys and Rancid... lots of California punk. In High School I started playing guitar with a goth/metal band. The singer introduced me to electronic music and how to produce it. I started working with his equipment without any real idea or goal, but a year or so later another friend introduced me to Leather Strip. And so it began...
what can we expect from necessary response in the future? any thoughts of some remixes or live dates?
Both AP and NR have recently signed with Neuwerk Booking here in Europe, so you can definitely expect to see live dates from both bands. NR will most likely be restricted to festival dates, at least for now. And as for remixes there are a few in the works that should see the light of day soon.
AP will be doing a full scale US tour hopefully in the Fall and people can expect to hear a couple NR tracks at those gigs.
the difference in sound between "necessary response" and "aesthetic perfection" seems pretty drastic. "necessary response" is very emotional melodic ebm, yet "aethetic perfection" is hard crunching agressive terror-ebm. what is it like having 2 projects that differ so much and how do you separate the two?
Well, I never put AP into the terror EBM category because that lends itself to the notion that Im writing "scary" music. My whole idea when I began writing music was to express raw human emotion in any form it takes. So writing for both projects isnt so hard. I just write based on the mood Im in and let it go. But NR was a really cathartic experience because some of these songs are in the neighborhood of 7-8 years old.
personally i think that your album is a bit under-recognized, atleast here in the US, and with more promotion "necessary response" would really be a lot more recognized and successful. the people that do know about it really have given it great reviews and think your work is great, but I think perhaps not enough people know about it. what do you think?
Its always a problem building a name for yourself, both inside and outside this scene. I cant say that Im "under recognized" because that makes it sound like I feel more deserving than other artists who have to work for years to get themselves noticed. Im on one of the biggest labels in Europe, I was recently a featured band on Myspace in the US, Ive been interviewed by nearly all of the great scene magazines and right now Im being interviewed by Vampirefreaks. Sure, I want more exposure, but for the moment Im actually really lucky to get this type of attention. Especially for a debut-sideproject!
anyway, i'm helping to spread the word about your great music! =) what do you do with your time besides music?
And I definitely appreciate it!! All my free time is devoted to writing new music... and a sometimes downloading my beloved American TV shows like the Twilight Zone or Get Smart.
thanks for your time! i wish you the best. anything else you'd like to say to your listeners?
This is only the beginning...
Check out Necessary Response on Vampirefreaks
Check out Aesthetic Perfection on Vampirefreaks
[intro taken from benny hell's review found here]