Interview – Water Torture

Water Torture are a powerviolence two-piece from Buffalo NY, who recently made their grinding debut EP available for free download. Bassist Matt told M3 about sharing noise on the net…

M3 -First of all, could you tell us a bit about yourself, and what it is that you do?
Matt – I am Matt and I play bass and do noise in Water Torture. Water Torture started off around the fall of last year when Moezes and I decided we wanted to do a band that would be able to go on tour. Our first show was the first show of tour.  We just got back from an east coast tour and have a lot of plans for recording and getting some new releases out this year.

What inspired you to start Water Torture? What are your own musical backgrounds?
Moezes and I have been playing in bands together for a few years now and we have always talked of doing a band that was just the 2 of us. As for a musical background I have none. I just like to play though lots of loud amps and distortion.

What was the reasoning behind making your EP available for download?
Our other band Inerds was contacted by Jay Randall (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) about putting out our music on his internet label Grindcore Karaoke. From there we were able to put up all of our bands stuff on the Grindcore Karaoke website.

What benefits and/or disadvantages have arisen from this distribution method?
This has helped us in so many ways. we have had so many people come up to us at shows in our own town and when we are out on tour telling us they heard about us from the website. Also many fellow label bands have gotten ahold of us to help us out with show. We have gotten many different blog reviews and stuff as well. All in all it has helped us so much.

On average, how many people would you say still pay for a release when given the option to download for free?
Not many, but I feel like if there is some kind of digital booklet that comes with it maybe people will pay for it. But people are cheap and always will be.

Would you say this method is a realistic possibility for the future of music distribution?
Yes, like I said in the other questions, we have been able to get our music out to 1000s of people all over the world and that is a wonderful thing.

What would be your preferred medium to listen to music (eg. Vinyl, CD, tape, MP3 etc.), and why?
It truly depends. If I am home and want to listen to something then I am all about vinyl,  but if I want to listen to music outside of the house then it comes down to digital being the best.

Much has been made of the supposed death of the record store in recent years. Do you believe the rise of MP3 has killed the record store, and if so, do you think that this is a necessary part of progression, or a tragic loss?
It has definitely hurt the local record shop but I don’t think it will end them. As for it being a necessary part of progression I don’t think that is true. People still want a physical copy of the record. Maybe not as many people as before but they are still out there.

Do you feel the idea of an album, as a piece of art that people will listen to from start to finish, has been undermined or forgotten about in the digital age?
I don’t think so, I still listen to whole albums when I download them. I even stream albums from Bandcamp and listen to it when I am home.

What is your take on the current SOPA/ACTA controversy?
Truthfully I have not been paying attention that much to it. But sites like Bandcamp have a bunch of sweet stuff for free that you can stream at anytime for free. A lot of bands are using Bandcamp and you can find all of our stuff for free on Grindcore Karaoke.

Finally, what does the future have in store for Water Torture?
We have a whole bunch of plans. We are going back out on tour in the mid west in may with our friend from France on guitar. We are also recording for a bunch of releases in April. We are doing a split with Witchcult from the UK and Ultra//Negative from the USA and Anthophobic from the USA. We are also doing a 7″ with Diseased Audio from Chicago and a tape of songs with our friend from France on guitar. We are also playing a fest in Cambridge Massachusetts in April that should be a good old time. Once we get all of these records out we will be doing a lot of touring as well.

For more information about Water Torture, follow them on Facebook and download their self titled EP through Grindcore Karaoke.


About M3 Event

The music industry is rapidly changing. The internet has enabled widespread piracy, as well as a variety of new business and distribution models. We want to offer an engaged audience in and around the Euregion an opportunity to develop a coherent and detailed picture of the future of music distribution. On the 31st of May 2012 a music conference in Maastricht, consisting of oppositional debates, creative workshops and lectures, will provoke opportunities for intellectual stimulation, debate, as well as networking. We hope to utilise the skills and ideas of some of most forward thinking minds and operators in the industry in order to highlight some promising new ideas and areas which can be improved upon.

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