RandomWalk are a Greek band that really earned my interest by the first
time I watched them live. These guys have a unique style which cannot be
categorized easily and their music is definitely very interesting. They recently
got a deal with Burning Star Promotion and so we’ll have the chance to see their
first release, entitled “Redemption”, coming out by the end of 2007. Let’s see
what their singer, Jean Baptiste (you see, all RandomWalk members have special
nicknames!!!) replied to my questions…
My favorite question to all bands is always about their name :) What does
RandomWalk stand for?
Jean Baptiste: “Random walk” is a mathematical theory that can portray a
distinct pattern to all things that seem to happen randomly. It deals with
chances, odds and probability. To me, it just symbolizes that there is no pre-
decided fate. The choices are yours and yours alone to make…
How did you start? Who was the “Creator” of this?
Jean Baptiste: The core of the band was quite solid even before we started
playing music together. We were already the best of friends and it was just a
matter of time and chance before we started RandomWalk. The only member that was
added later on was Golgotha…
I had the chance to watch you perform live and I was amazed by your
appearance….A vocalist dressed in a suit….a keyboardist dressed in a monk’s robe…How
did you think of this?
Jean Baptiste: Thank you for your kind words. RandomWalk have developed a
theatrical style for a number of reasons. Actually all of us are book and
literature fanatics. Thus the choice of our names and clothing, combined with
the use of lyrics.
A RandomWalk live show has great similarities to a theatrical play as we all
incorporate beloved novel or theater characters. Each of us plays a unique part
and acts accordingly…
Your songs have an average duration of 3-5 minutes…at least the ones I heard
in the live. Is it something coming out naturally when you write them or are you
making that on purpose in order not to make the audience bored?
Jean Baptiste: It is both actually… Are we not the first and outmost
audience of our own creations? I believe that we can determine how the audience
will react to our music judging by our own reactions and thoughts. We are
extremely strict and severe in the criticism of our own art and that should
satisfy the toughest of listeners… At the end everyone wants more.
What would you call your style? I hate labels in general and for me music is
music, but if you should put a damn label what would that be?
Jean Baptiste: “Atmospheric Metalcore” should be a fitting definition…
Have you talked to any labels, do they show any interest in general?
Jean Baptiste: We have already signed a record deal with Burning Star
Records which will be officially announced in a couple of weeks or so. You are
actually the first one to know about it. The release of our debut album
“Redemption” is due to December 2007.
Describe a bit the themes and atmosphere of your songs. What do they mainly
have to do with?
Jean Baptiste: Art, in general, is a form of expressing our inner selves and
we take full advantage of it. Music is our canvas and the lyrics are our brush
and paint. The live acting part is just the finishing touch. Have you ever tried
to portray hatred, punishment or deception? It is quite a challenging task…
What are the reviews saying so far for your work?
Jean Baptiste: “Redemption” is not officially released to music related
magazines or zines so far because it would be reviewed as a self- financed
release and we decided that it would be best if we took our time. Metal-Invader.com
uploaded a fine review a couple of months ago and everyone can visit our
“my-space” page (www.myspace.com/randomwalkband) and listen to our music. We
have more than a few fans already it appears… The official promotional campaign
of “Redemption” is due to commence in November, by our label.
Do you dream of playing with some bands? Which ones are your most favorite
and the ones that made you get involved with music?
Jean Baptiste: Let me see… If we were absolutely free to choose a band, to
perform live with, that would be either Rammstein or Dimmu Borgir. On the other
hand a top five of my favorite bands right now should be: Dissection, In Flames,
Pain, System Of A Down and Burzum… The bands that mostly got me involved with
music are Slayer, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper.
How do you see internet as a promotion media? Do you believe it helps bands
become known or is it a big bubble after all?
Jean Baptiste: The Internet is a completely free-of-charge tool that can be
used for promotional reasons. The average listener can find out about any band
and evaluate their work without any expense (and I indeed trust the criteria of
the average listener). The thing is that the chain of reactions does not change
if a band or musician is not really outstanding. A band will not become known
just because someone promotes them over the net.
If you had two options….One would be to write commercially acceptable music
and songs and become rich, but you wouldn’t love this music…the other would be
to write underground music which you’d definitely love but never get a penny out
of this…what would you chose? No middle alternatives….just the ones I mentioned
Jean Baptiste: This is a very interesting question (and I am going to make
it even more interesting by being totally honest!). RandomWalk were at first
formed, under a completely different name, in order to create and produce
“commercially acceptable music” as you define it. Some of us had tried to make a
breakthrough with other bands over and over, unsuccessfully. My own personal
experiences on the matter were a crash… For months we composed and played music
under the perspective that it would NOT have a metal feeling whatsoever. Finally,
we found ourselves thinking about the forms and structures of our songs through
metal aesthetics more and more. “What would this theme be like if we played it
like this?”, “What would this song be like if I screamed my throat out?” and so
on. The truth is that part of “Redemption” was not meant to be metal. We
accepted our nature the hard way but it is a good thing we finally did. We CAN
not play “commercially acceptable music”. For us, it is unnatural.
Do you believe that video clips could help support of your songs? Is there
anything like this yet…will you make anything?
Jean Baptiste: Video clips are a necessity, especially when you get involved
with a record label that CAN actually use it the way it should be used. We are
to start filming a video clip for “One Wish” in September 2007 that will be
included in the CD.
Should we expect any surprise in the near future? I mean anything innovative
in music, lyrics or performance? Do you think your style is complete or are you
still working on that?
Jean Baptiste: We never cease to work on our style and we are evolving day
by day. At this time we are writing material for our second album, also to be
released via Burning Star Records, and I dare say that up to now we were still
Finish this interview the way you want….Last words belong to no one but you…
Jean Baptiste: Thanx a lot for the interview… Hope to see you soon!