Interview – Obscene Entity

With their primal yet precise style of fierce, bludgeoning riffage, three-piece Obscene Entity have quickly established themselves as Cambridge’s finest death metal export. M3 had a word with guitarist/vocalist Matt Adnett about why CDs still matter, the digital revolution and why the live music industry is thriving…

M3 – First of all, could you tell us a bit about yourself, and what it is that you do?
Matt Adnett – Obscene Entity consists of me on Guitar and Vocals, Calum Gibb on Bass and Vocals and Luke Braddick on Drums. We play death metal with hints of other extreme music.

What inspired you to form Obscene Entity? What are your own musical backgrounds?
Luke, Calum and I were all in a band together before called ‘Gamarra’. The band enjoyed a few years but alas, due to some bother, split in 2009. A couple years later, I got a phone call from Luke telling me that he had been playing with a friend of his, a guitarist called Terry Sutton, and that he wanted to get me involved and start a new band. I drafted in Calum to play bass and that’s pretty much how it started out.

What would be your preferred medium to listen to music (eg. Vinyl, CD, tape, MP3 etc.), and why?
Personally, I favour CDs. I like the whole package with CDs. Opening it for the first time, and taking out the inlay and checking out the art and lyrics, and even the special thanks and small print. Having a physical CD in your hand is nice. I guess I would be saying the same about Vinyl if I was from that era.  I like collecting CDs as well, seeing them all on my shelf is much more exciting than looking at a huge play list on a computer screen. My MP3 player is an asset for when I’m on the go though, so I’m no way against MP3s.

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?
No. I think that people who want to experience an album, will go out and get one regardless of what format it is in. I wasn’t around when vinyl was at its height but I’m willing to believe that you still had people back then just listening to singles and missing the whole point just like some do today. This country is obsessed with singles, always has been as far as I’m concerned.

Much has been made of the supposed death of the record store in recent years. Do you believe the digital age has killed the record store, and if so, do you think that this is a necessary part of progression, or a tragic loss?
Yeah, I’ve noticed a lot of music stores closing down in my area, and the ones that have survived have definitely changed a lot. There’s far fewer music available and half the shops are full of tech gadgets. I do think it’s a loss but then I’ve always tended to purchase my music from the internet anyway so it doesn’t bother me too much. It is a shame that some of the independent stores have closed though as you used to get some wicked little shops which stocked obscure rarities.

Many people have claimed that there is no longer any money in record sales, and that touring is the most efficient way to earn an income as a band. How much truth do you think there is in this sentiment?
As we are a relatively new band and haven’t released an album or toured yet I can’t really talk from experience but I would imagine that statement is probably accurate. I wouldn’t say there is ‘no’ money in record sales but it must be worse these days due to the digital revolution. The live industry is however thriving and continuing to grow which I think is fantastic, maybe this is just evolution you know, one thing making way for another?

Do you think that the abundance of easily available record music online has led many people to view the live experience as the ‘authentic’ way to experience music?
No. I think everyone might have different views about the ‘authentic’ way to experience music. I think listening to albums, going to live shows and everything in-between, it’s all the authentic way. It’s all about having fun innit!

Do you think traditional copyright laws are still enforceable in the digital age, or do you think we will have to rethink the concept of copyright itself?
I don’t know much about copyright laws to be honest!

What do you personally believe the future of music distribution will look like?
It’s gonna be all online! The internet is killing high store shops everywhere. Hopefully though, if everything is going to be digital, you will be able to download a package where there will be extra goodies like album art, interviews and any miscellaneous stuff like that. I also think that eventually CDs will stop (if it hasn’t already) being the default to record an album with and will be a specialist thing like Vinyl today. Who knows what will happen to the latter!

Finally, what does the future hold for Obscene Entity?
We are going into the studio in June to record our debut EP which is really exciting. It will be available as a CD or MP3. After that we will be playing as many shows as we can to get ourselves well and truly out there! Next year we hope to record an album.

For more information about Obscene Entity, you can visit their official website and find the band on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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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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