Intercontinen7al are an interesting collaborative project from across the globe, who recently released a song titled Puerto Aisen, which I loved. I wanted to find out more about them – read the interview below to find out how I got on!
By Jane Howkins
You recently released a song titled Puerto Aisen, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?
Puerto Aisen is a particularly special song, in that it actually contains recorded instrumentation from across all seven continents – yes, including Antarctica! The song originated from an original piano and guitar part created from bandmate Jukerok, who hails from Egypt. Eventually, one of our singers, Andrasta, from the United Kingdom heard the snippet and began to flesh out original lyrics and vocal melodies. From there, we were able to include guitar, bass, percussion, violin and other accompaniment from players all over the world, using the app BandLab! Our bandmate Stijn Thoolen was the one who recorded his egg shaker while located at a research station in Antarctica. In total, there were ten musicians that participated on the track. The song is available for purchase via most major online stores, including Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. Please click this link to learn more. https://in…m/volume-2
What does the title refer to?
The title refers to the city in Chile, which Andrasta had visited when she was younger. This song serves as a love letter to that town.
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
This entire project actually originated as a result of the pandemic. A few American musicians in Columbia, Maryland began to explore technology to continue collaborating virtually in 2020, and stumbled upon the aforementioned app BandLab. From there, one of the members of the band – Matthew Smith – discovered that you could actually invite fellow musicians from around the world to collaborate on song fragments and ideas, and soon after had an idea to try to write songs with someone from each and every continent. Eventually, we were able to recruit over 30 musicians to write and record two albums since the start of the pandemic, to include our latest record which includes Puerto Aisen. This project – the opportunity to perform remotely with musicians all over the world for a good cause – is one of the silver linings to emerge from the last couple of years.
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
The writing process is unique, in that we have so many different bandmembers who will upload song concepts into our project folder within our BandLab space. Bandmates can jump into a project and start to add onto a guitar riff for example, and perhaps provide a piano melody or a draft vocal idea – some folks even end up recording using their smart phones! Many band members have fully fleshed out songs that maybe just need a vocalist to complete them, or may recruit a drummer, bassist, etc to substitute within a recorded track. Our production and sound engineer Marcin puts the finishing touches on our tunes to make them sound extremely professional.
Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?
Yes, actually the band is currently writing a “pro peace” single in response to the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine, and hope to have something released very soon.
Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?
The band already has numerous songs written towards our third album, and are currently in the post-production phase on many of these tracks. We aim to have Volume 3 submitted to digital stores and streaming platforms later this year.
What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?
With over 30 musicians who have contributed to our first two records, it’s truly a vast array of artists that influence us. From Pearl Jam to Jimi Hendrix, Tool, Sam Cooke, Porcupine Tree, Spandau Ballet, Nirvana, Meat Loaf, Deep Purple. Lots of rock influences, peppered with eclectic artists that help to spice up our mix.
Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?
Bandmates from INTERCONTINEN7AL are based all over the world, including Belgium, the Netherlands, United States, Argentina, Thailand, Poland, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, United Kingdom, Egypt, and South Africa. Due to the wide scope of our locales, collectively we bring a cornucopia of flavours and styles to our music: our band has delved into pop, rock, metal, jazz, blues, folk, Latin, Middle Eastern music, and even showtunes.
Do you have any tour dates lined up?
Our band is strictly virtual – but it would be incredible to actually play these songs live at some point! Not sure how we would line that up logistically with 30+ bandmates, but hey, you never know.
Any last words for the fans?
We hope that you enjoy our latest release, including our single Puerto Aisen. All proceeds from our record go to the International Justice Mission to fight human trafficking. Please consider donating to this cause: https://ij…ontinen7al. In addition, stay tuned for more upcoming material to be released by the band!