We recently sat down with a bunch of artists from the Stencil Label to find out what makes them tick. The next in this series has seen us interview Weesp, with the results below!
By Jane Howkins
How is 2018 treating you so far?
Weesp: This year turned out to be super productive and successful for the Weesp.
In April we released an album called Black Sails, shot 4 music videos that gathered over half a million views on youtube and a few million on VK (Russian social network). We’be also played several dozen shows.
We started to record new tracks. And we absolutely do not intend to stop!
Have you released any music so far this year? If so what can you tell us about that?
Weesp: We released our second LP Black Sails on 5th April 2018, and also released 4 music videos in support! This album is a result of two years of work. We started experimenting and writing new materials almost immediately after we finished recording the previous album The Void. Actually we wrote a lot of songs, but we’ve put only 9 on this album. The main idea was to keep the mood of the album in one key and style. We didn’t tried to write hits, or popular songs. We just did what we felt like. Black Sails is anxious, dark, thoughtful – it’s a very emotional work that comes straight from our hearts. It is about faith, struggling, finding own way and staying yourself – these are the main themes, and this is the message that pierces through each song from the Black Sails album. And that is the meaning we put into Black Sails – staying yourself and sticking to your own way no matter what.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Weesp: We are already at the final stage of preparing acoustic versions of some of our tracks. That’s going to be not only acoustic, but acoustic plus an analog synth experiment. We’re going to release it at the end of the year. And we have half a dozen absolutely new tracks we are working on right now. And we promise you – these are going to be the masterpieces of our legacy.
What has influenced you most as musicians?
Weesp: It comes from the everyday, all the events and people around us. We like catching a mood , a condition of mind, a feeling – you know, all those short moments that make you feel alive. All our songs are created from feelings, emotions, and experiences that have guided us. Each song has some kind of history or strong experience under it – this is the main source of our musical inspiration.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Weesp: As for the most inspiring musicians for us as band – I’m thinking about Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Joy Division, Prodigy, Baroness, Radiohead, Neurosis, Paradise Lost and many more. Of course we discover new bands all the time. There is so much music we love. It’s an inexhaustible source of inspiration.