This interview was conducted with Sölvi Blöndal through
e-mail October 17, 2004.
This album was the hardest I've ever done, but I couldn't be happier
about it. We had done some songs prior to the album (Race City,
Mess it up) and in spite of them songs being good they didn't fit
into the album. This album has its own feel/sound which is different
from everything we have done before. Furthermore I knew before we
made the album that either we had to leave our old style behind
us or quit. We chose to move on and take Quarashi into new dimensions.
Yes, very much so, The songs on Guerilla Disco are more concentrated
musically and lyrically, the music is very seventies based and psychedelic
sometimes under the influence of Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Boston,
ELO, Lyrically the album is 1000 more times concentrated. Each song
has a concept and a meaning. That is one of the reasons I am so
happy about it.
It has changed so incredibly much, one has to bear in mind that
I made Stick em up in the year 1999, 5 years ago. Jinx is to some
extent a "best off" album from Quarashi with 5 new songs.
"Guerilla Disco" is an album that was completely written
and recorded over a period of a year and half. Jinx is also more
of a rock rap album with a few exceptions, The rock on Guerilla
Disco is much more influenced by Led Zeppelin rather than Limp Biscuit.
Lyrically, he has changed it completely. He has brought a lot of
intensity to the table along with more hip hop influence. I have
never worked with anyone that has much as much passion for the music
as he does.
A bit before Hossi left the band in 2002 it was clear that we would
not release our second album with Columbia in the states. Columbia
Records is a very fine record company but it is good for Quarashi
to review what record company we work on record to record bases.
The reason is that we believe that Tonlist.is or some format of
that kind will become increasingly popular in the future. Of course
we want everyone to hear the music and therefore Tonlist.is is cheap
and user friendly. Others can buy the cd :) I don't think Internet
download hurts music sales, and it definitely helps musicians sometimes,
however we are very opposed to illegal cd burning of our music,
that is theft. Stars is at the top of Tonlist.is chart so I guess
you could call that a success.
Steini is one of my best friends and a loyal ally through all the
Quarashi albums. All the Quarashi albums differ in some way, each
album has a different lineup and a different feel, there is no point
in making the same album again and again. Steini did not participate
musically in this particular album, that is all there is to these
rumors. Nothing else has changed, he is with us in concerts and
rehearsals and most importantly he is my friend. Maybe he'll be
the main rapper on our next album.
That is untrue. Me and Hossi made a lot of cool tracks together,
and there is nothing that says we will not collaborate again on
other projects than Quarashi but Quarashi and Hossi have gone separate
ways, and that was done in full friendship.
That is completely false. Let me clarify one thing though. There
are 3 past members of Quarashi: Dj Richard (Egg album), Dj Dice
(Xeneizes), and Hossi (Jinx), there are no more past members. Of
course we have had arguments like all bands, if we didn't have arguments
about music there would be something wrong with us. However all
past and present members of Quarashi meet each other or speak to
each other on regular bases. Everything else would be absurd.
Not really, I am always glad when people take interest in Quarashi
, regardless of whether they like our new music or our old music,
I mean, different Quarashi music from different time simply represents
different periods of my life. I only get a little irritated when
people say someone was a member of Quarashi when they never were
member. Other than that I am glad people are writing.
Yes we have plans, "Guerilla Disco" will be released in
Japan next year, and we plans to go the us, Europe and Australia
again, but we will give details later.
There will be a tour around Japan early next year, other than that
I don't know, nobody here tells me anything :)
Well, me being 50 % Swedish I was not as pissed off as you might
expect, They simply had the upper hand and more confidence. What
can u say, aren't the Swedes the biggest and the best, we'll beat
you at handball next time around.