As of yesterday, 47 Newfoundland participants had officially signed up for RPM 2012 but there are still many who intend to do so but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. One of those is Burning Hell front-man and ukulele-slinger Mathias Kom. Although Mathias is no stranger to writing and recording music, this will be his first time doing so as part of the RPM Challenge. I recently asked Mathias about his plans for February.
What motivated you to get involved with RPM?
I’ve been hearing about it for years from various RPMers in St. John’s, and I’ve wanted to do it before. I’d like to say that I’ve just never had the time before, but that’s a lame excuse. I guess I’ve just been chicken, and like Marty McFly, nobody calls me chicken.
Where will you be recording this year and using what equipment?
I have a feeling that I’ll be recording everything on my old PC computer, the one that barely works anymore, you can still play Solitaire and use Adobe Audition though, and I’ll probably do everything in my bathroom.
Will you be writing the material in February as well or do you have songs ready to record?
I’m going to try and do everything in February, for better or worse.
Do you have any particular concepts or ideas you want to explore on your RPM 2012 album?
I’ve recently started playing the tenor and baritone horns, and although I am profoundly awful at both, I want to write lots of songs for them. Everything in Bb forever!
Where do you generally draw inspiration from writing?
I generally draw song-writing inspiration from death, baby animals, famous conferences and my parents.
Although this is your first RPM. Do you have any advice as an experienced musician?
Don’t shoot until you can see the whites of their eyes. No, really, I don’t know. If you collect any advice, please pass it my way. I’m going to need it.
Today’s track “Kings Of The Animal Kingdom” is a personal favorite from The Burning Hell’s 2011 release Flux Capacitor, one of the most compelling records I’ve ever listened to. Check out Flux Capacitor and the rest of The Burning Hell’s amazing albums at the Bandcamp link below.