Interview with Reconvalescent via email correspondence March 11-25, 2020.

Layne:
Who is Reconvalescent?

Reconvalescent:
I don’t really think my name, place of origin or whereabouts are an important thing when it comes to Reconvalescent, as long as it means something to someone. I don’t think it makes a difference if I live on the same city block as my fan or on the other side of the globe. Reconvalescent is about the feelings and images it invokes in people when they listen to it. I don’t really want people to know me or how I feel, I want to make them feel things and make their imagination go wild instead. It never was or will be about me or my personal life since I feel like I’m only a messenger (Vessel) here.


Layne:
Fair enough, though you are the person creating this art, it’s an extension of you. Hopefully you’ll open up just a little bit to give readers a glimpse of the artist.

Reconvalescent:
I feel like the emotions the art invokes transcend the artist as a person. I think the emotions that my transmissions (songs) make people feel will always be more important and much bigger than me.

Layne:
When and how did you find your interest in music and your ability to create it?

Reconvalescent:
I remember that I always whenever I was walking in the woods or even in some populated city areas I would imagine the sounds that describe the emotions that I feel when I look at those sights, almost felt like I was scoring the environment. I knew it even back then that I wanted to do this for the rest of my days but only got into it heavily recently in 2017 or as I like to call it 12017.


Layne:
12017?

Reconvalescent:
I like to calculate years from the time that first human civilizations have been established, I think it is a better way to measure our progress as a species.

Layne:
What was the first song you recorded and released? What did it mean to you?

Reconvalescent:
As Reconvalescent, it was “Terran”, I recorded that song during late summer of 12017, but recorded vocals a few weeks later when it started to get a little chilly. I released it on 25 of december that same year. I’m probably going to redo it completely as well as the whole Entropy EP when I have enough tracks for the whole album. Those were the times when I just started to create music and wasn’t really good at mixing and mastering and also I feel like I can deliver much better vocals now.

Before Reconvalescent, I had a few projects where I was just messing with sounds and plugins, figuring them out, trying something new always. Mostly ambient/drone projects. Running my guitar through weird effects and plugins, same with VSTs. I’ve never recorded vocals before Reconvalescent. Some of those projects even date back to 12012.

Layne:
As you started adding vocals to your music, what inspired your lyrics? What messages are found in your songs?

Reconvalescent:
Lyrics were inspired by the images and sights in my head that I try to communicate through music, as much with lyrics as instrumentals. Both are equally important. Some of those themes can be applied to our real world sadly (especially on “Satellite” and upcoming “Vestigial” and “Seed Will Grow”), while some are strictly tied to that world and do not cross (yet) into ours in any way, shape or form.

Layne:
“Primeval” is one of my personal favorites from you. What was your writing process for that one? Is there a story or message behind the lyrics?

Reconvalescent:
That song was written around the same time as “Terran” but I didn’t really pay much attention to it. It started as an experiment with synths but turned into a complete song soon enough. There isn’t a cohesive story to that one, it’s pretty much what the lyrics say, an ode to all life in the universe. As much as to you and me as any unicellular organism wherever in space and time.


Layne:
How about “Satellite”? Do you have a story or message behind that one to share?

Reconvalescent:
I don’t really want to share too much about the story without the full album context. I don’t want to spoil anything yet. What I can share is that it’s a combination of human (Terran) nature and understanding it and new ways of terror that technology can bring.

Layne:
What are the similarities and differences between Entropy and Vestigial?

Reconvalescent:
All songs on Entropy, Vestigial and potential third EP belong on the same future full album and the same story. And yes, that album will be really long and ambitious, it will take me years to complete it probably. I also think that my producing skills have improved since Entropy and that sound quality and my performance is way better on Vestigial.

Also Vestigial is much heavier, there’s a higher amount of screams and much less clean vocals. Guitars are also tuned lower and the overall atmosphere is much darker and oppressive.

Layne:
How has your experience been working with Chris Bollinger and the Machine Man Records label?

Reconvalescent:
For now, I can’t complain about anything. I’m excited to work with Machine Man again in a few days promoting my new stuff and reaching new people!

Layne:
How would you describe your music to the new people who haven’t heard it before? What kind of people do you think would most enjoy it?

Reconvalescent:
That question will probably get complicated more and more in the future as I make progress with the story and albums, but for now, it’s industrial metal with storytelling aspect. It will probably always have some industrial influences but will likely evolve and progress and branch out into something new, so if anyone is into heavy concept albums and music, I’d say give it a chance!

Layne:
You have mentioned redoing some of your older songs and hinted at a longer album in the future. Following the release of Vestigial, what do you plan to work on next?

Reconvalescent:
I’ll probably redo the whole Entropy EP, re-record and remaster it completely, but that won’t see the light of day until the full album release probably. I’m always working on something new, I’m never resting, but still, I don’t do this as much as I’d like to do it sadly. I also work completely alone on everything. I’m making music, I’m mixing and mastering it, I’m making lyric videos, cover art etc. I’m literally doing everything alone except promotion. Label is helping me a lot with that.

Layne:
Any final words to readers? Or shout-outs to anyone?

Reconvalescent:
For anyone that cared enough, thank you for reading this! I hope everything is well in your life and that you are happy! And shout-out to Chris from Machine Man Records. He did the speech part for the new song “Transmission7 (His Activation Has Begun)” and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. And thank you for inviting me to do this! I really enjoyed this!


Layne:
Thank you so much for the interview and for sharing your music with the listeners and me.

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