Congrats on signing to Lost Glacier Records. How exciting is that for Impure Reality?
Jhan: Extremely exciting! This is the perfect time for us to release the kinds of otherworldly productions we’ve been working on. We’re absolutely ready to unleash our powers of supersonics upon the world stage.
Marz: Very, it’s nice to finally be working with a label who not only cares about the music but treats their artists like family. We’ve gone through some crazy shit just in the past year and everyone has been more than understanding and supportive.
What do you feel makes IR different from other bands?
Jhan: First of all, Sean’s a computer genius whose got like 500 Trillion nanobots building complex ideascapes that he all programmed himself. Me, I’m a big fan of synthesizers and sitting in the studio all the time, so that definitely helps too. We first worked together on another project called Hoodoo Engine where I did vocals and he produced so that helped us form a strong bond. When our energies combine, it just ends up becoming something that sounds like it came from another star system where everybody smokes hookahs and communicates by telepathy. So I feel like that kind of sets us apart from a lot of other acts.
Marz: Not sure, I think that is in the opinion of the listener. I think our aim is to create a sonic psychedelic meditative ritual space for the listener. An outlet to transmute those demons we all have in our heads and yes it’s true the music is made primarily by nanobots.
What were some of the obstacles you have faced over the years? Seems like things are starting to come together for you.
Marz: Tons, I personally have been making electronic music since the mid 1990s starting out with a bunch of cheap Casio keyboards, a 4 track tape recorder and a cheap fx processor to working with full electronic bands in Philly in the early 2000s which required 3 van loads of gear to haul around. In between promoting and throwing some of the biggest industrial and rave parties in the tristate area in the late 90s. I’ve dealt and managed to nearly avoid the junkies, snakes and volatile opportunistic promoters. Unfortunately and fortunately it’s driven me into a life of isolation but on the other hand without that isolation this music wouldn’t be possible.
Jhan: Finding the energy and time to constantly create when I also require shelter, calories, and nutrients in order to survive, leading to the necessity of finding “a job” and all the attendant lack of freedoms that entails, especially while I was living in the South. Getting distracted by relationships, life issues, and basically anything that’s not related to creating new art. Throughout the years, I’ve learned to stay more focused on my higher energies in order to guide me onto a more stable path. There is a harmony within us all, and a dissonance as well, that can be harnessed for creating something that may outlive you if done right. That’s the kind of goal I aim for these days. I try not to kid myself into thinking I can get away with going the easy route. That’s how I keep my edge.
Tell us about the new album you’ve been working on?
Marz: I think this album and the sound of the project in general is a direct representation of how a lot of us are feeling in the current state of our lives and the world. I think there is a strong sense of misanthropic nihilistic detachment that permeates the music we make.
Jhan: We’re working a lot in the downtempo realm lately which I really enjoy. Seriously like alien lounge music that has an ethereal epic feel. Fans of the chillout are going to chillax like they’ve never chillaxed before to these tunes. We also make sure to keep the production interesting with attention to detail and evolving themes. Also we’re way into that spirit science, bro. We’re even working on a cover song that should surprise everyone!
Are there any tours in the works? Where are you most excited to play?
Marz: There is a tour coming up in October put together by the label I am very excited about but unfortunately Jhan won’t be joining me on this one but I hope to have him onboard for the next one. I personally love to play pretty much anywhere. I love to travel and see new things meet new people. It forces me out of my isolation which I need from time to time.
Jhan: Sean’s out touring the east coast next month. I’m currently getting my life together so can’t join him but really hope to next time around. I’d be up for performing just about anywhere in the cosmos.
Can you tell us any interesting stories from the road?
Marz: Im not sure where I start I have tons of crazy stories especially from throwing parties and performing in Philly, Jersey and NYC throughout the years. There was the time when I was performing under the Marz233 moniker back in early 2000s we were booked to play a show in Gloucester NJ with Mighty Mike Saga’s old crew the Kontrol Freaks. We were under the impression that the party was at an actual venue. When we arrived the venue was a 200 yr old dilapidated farm house with 2 guys on mushrooms sweeping the place out which was filled with piles of broken glass and plaster debris everywhere. The freaks had brought two large bass bins with the sound system we didn’t even set up because we were afraid the place would cave in from the bass. There were also 2 Dj’s from Poland booked to play that night and I went on right after the set about 2 mins into my set cops raided it and they must’ve rolled out every piece of equipment/vehicles they had available. Unmarks suv’s, patrol cars, k9 units you name it. It was pretty freaky. Luckily Saga had a contract with the guy who booked the party so the cops let us all go but man that was freaky.
Jhan: There was that one time I drove a car full of pseudo-famous people to New Orleans so we could play an underground house show that got shut down by the military police while I was performing a set of my crazy electro-punk stuff. That was interesting, but nobody got arrested. I also played at a rave in rural South Carolina that got raided, and it’s always a huge disappointment when injustice like that happens. Over the last few years I’ve been introduced to the Burner community and attended countless wild parties and burns, where I have to say there is a palpable magic that exists like nowhere else. This unique type of environment which has almost no boundaries for awesomeness has been a huge inspiration to what I find myself doing creatively these days.
What can we expect from IR in the future?
Jhan: Only the finest trippy noises and dope ass beats this side of quantum zero, my friend.
Marz: More music to calm the madness aside from that we will all just have to wait and see.