Monday, 7 April 2014

Interview: Cornel Drummer of Clit Commander



Clit Commander
Interview with Cornel – Drummer
Country: Switzerland
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
Interview Conducted by Lady Kat Chaos
Date: April 2014

OCZ: Hails Cornel! Last year you released a three song demo, “Tex-Mex Ass Blast Promo '13” how has the response been so far?

Cornel: Hey there! Right, we released the Promo CD in summer. The echo was not that bad. When you record songs, you never know if the people like it. But there were some good reviews, some plays in online radio stations and we had the chance to spread our tunes around the world. For us it’s a win situation.

OCZ: How much time did you put into recording, mixing and mastering this release? Daniel from Amagortis (www.amagortis.ch) also produced this release, what was it like working with him and will you continue to work with him in the future?

Cornel: We played the songs live for about a half of a year. In February 2013 we decided to record with Dänu in April. So we practiced about 2 month with click track and did some changes in the songs.
He simply did a great job with this record. The atmosphere in the Sourmash Studio (http://www.sourmashstudio.ch) is very relaxed but in the same way he tries to catch more than 100% from you. We can’t say anything at the moment. We’re very happy about his work on the Promo CD, so we’ll see. All in all it took a half of a year from booking the studio to release the whole product.

OCZ: So many bands don't often give themselves time to develop and will release an undevelop release with the help of some labels, in your case you don't have a record label as of right now but how important is the recording and releasing phase do you consider is a evolving process in your case?

Cornel: We never really thought about to collaborate with a label. It was interesting to do all the stuff on our own, because the product is 100% Clit Commander. For example our singer did the design of the cd and all the merchandise stuff. We all learned a lot of different things in the whole process and we are still proud of the product.

OCZ: Can you give us more info about this artist and about the cover - what does it symbolize?

Cornel: The artwork was done by Sidjimbe (www.facebook.com/sidjimbe.art). He’s an Indonesian artist, who is specialized in drawing gore artwork. The title track of the CD is called “Tex-Mex Ass Blast”. The idea came during a bandpracice. We imagined a guy who had explosive and bloody diarrhoe after he ate some spicy food. The artwork is what Sidjimbe saw in this song title.

OCZ: You have some pretty sick stuff written down, 'Tex-Mex Ass Blast” and “69 Utopia Carnage” come to mind. Also there seems to be a bit of humorous side in the band. Just a matter you feel like fits the music or what is behind these lyrics? Any clear storied behind the lyrics?

Cornel: I think it’s just the fact, that we never find serious names for our songs. We want to put the feeling we have about the song into the song titles.

OCZ: Have any of you got stung by a bee, wasp, or yellow jack? What inspired you to write your song, “Penis In A Hive”?

Cornel: Haha, hell no!!! It’s based on a real story. Our guitarist told us about it.

OCZ: At times do you feel its hard to create riffs or is it your signature to to repeat one riff repeatedly?

Cornel: In the beginning we tried not to repeat riffs. But after a couple of songs we thought it doesn't makes any sense. So now we usually have a main riff we repeat a couple of times and when we think it fits we also repeat other riffs in the song.

OCZ: Yet, it still grew on me after awhile. When this was recorded you had duel "Double Guttural Wickedness" growling and grunting but you pulled it off with two diversed vocalist, Dave “Guttural” Apel (Incinerated Flesh) and René "Pussyshredder" Barthoulot (Ex-Cropment, Carnal Decay, Slamentation) what made you decide to have two vocalist?

Cornel: We decided to add a second singer because Dave brought more varieties into the Clit Commander sound. He especially did the low gutturals and the grunts on the Promo CD. Not to forget: He’s a fucking beast on stage!

OCZ: Are you a big fan of ultra lows gutturals?

Cornel: When I was younger I was more into pig squeals and stuff. But now I really love those low grunts from singers like Konnie Lühring, A.J. Magana or Matti Way. I also like the predator vocals of Joe Wolfe of Heinous Killings/ Sick Hymnes.

OCZ: You became friends with Dave while he was in Incinerated Flesh a Slam Death Metal band from Germany and you spoke with him to be feature on one of your songs at the time, when autumn rolled around he joined you for for a few gigs and after the last gig he became a member but now not long after this was release was put out Dave “Guttural” Apel (Incinerated Flesh) left the band because he moved and couldn't continue. Are you looking for another vocalist to replace him? Do you think he will be a guest vocalist in the future?

Cornel: At the moment we are very happy about the line-up how it is. At the moment we can look forward and work on our sound. So we’re not searching for another additional singer. Because René has a wide range of gutturals he can use. I think Dave will share the stage with us in future for some feature songs when he comes to a Clit Commander show.

OCZ: Some drummers will put a ton of verb, export, import and reverse it and then line it up with the transient to the original, what did you do to create your reverse snare sound and what is the best approach?

Cornel: For the tuning of my drums on the Promo CD I worked with Pascal Ruppen from Amagortis. He’s studying at a drummer school and learned a lot about drum tuning. As you hear, he did a very good job!

OCZ: One would be interested in knowing how you would play it live, do you make reversed sample's duration's a factor of your time signatures and tempos of the song, such as making it a quarter-note or half-note long?

Cornel: We don’t use any samples or click on stage. Because of the fact we practice a lot together everyone knows the tempo and the changes of every part in the songs. The tempos are mostly how we feel it and when we start to record it seriously we fix the tempos/changes in a clicktrack in quarternotes.

OCZ: Did you ever corrupted your original sample?

Cornel: Yes, sure. We always try to improve the songs.
When we write a new song we fix it in the bandroom and after we played the song for an audience we perceive what we have to change or what we can leave. In some songs we just change details and sometimes more.

OCZ: Do you have fun switching around your patterns and tempos?

Cornel: I wouldn't play Brutal Death Metal if I wouldn't like it. ;)

OCZ: How long have you been playing drums for? What is your kit set up?

Cornel: I started as a drummer in the age of seven, but this was only traditional swiss drumming. Later I searched for a new challenge, so I started to take drum lessons in the ago of 14. In the beginning I use a normal set up (3 toms, snare, bass-drum, hi-hat, crash and ride…) When I bought my own drum-set and started with the band I decided to use more cymbals. My today's set-up is snare-,bass-drum, 3 toms, hi-hat, 2 different crashs, ride and a china effect-cymbal. Very simple.

OCZ: When did you realize you had a feel for the drums and wanted to do this professionally?
Cornel: I don’t really know. I just liked to play the drums and got better. Later we started the band and I kept up practicing (learned to use the doublebass pedal) and so on… But I’m far away to be professional!

OCZ: Are there any goals you want to reach drumming-wise?

Cornel: I reached more than I ever expected in playing drums. I try to get tighter and faster on the hands and foots as good as possible.

OCZ: Are you planning to release a full-length album anytime soon or do you prefere releasing three song demos instead? How would you describe the new material that you're working on?

Cornel: We’re writing new material for a full-length album. But I can tell anything more, we want to have enough and good songs when we start to plan a full-length.
The new material is more brutal: we have some very groovy parts but in the other hand more tight blastparts and a lot of different influences… Be prepared for some wicked stuff. We’re working hard on it!

OCZ: Death Metal emphasizes heaviness and aggression over atmosphere and image, what kind of musical heaviness and aggression goals do you have?

Cornel: Through the years the band got step by step tighter and the effect was, that we got heavier and especially the blast-parts got more aggressive.

OCZ: A brief history of Clit Commander. You formed your Brutal Death Metal band in 2009 in Switzerland and had a few line up changes. Who are the current members and the instruments they master?

Cornel: Right. The current members are René (Vocals), Hert (Guitar), Utti (Bass) and me (Drums). Utti joined us after our first show in 2010, after one year Hert replaced the original Guitarist Remo on Guitar and after some month René came to the band instead of Kev.

OCZ: have you been told by other females you command their clits, influence by the movie, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike” or how did your name come about?

Cornel: To be honest I don’t know how we find out this name. All I can say: Yes we were influenced by Jay and Silent Bob strike back.

OCZ: Your songs are mostly humorous, sick and ghastly, an obvious direction about your musical concept and music. What other ideologies would you consider?

Cornel: Sometimes we mix some serious or political things into our funny song titles, but it’s hard to deal with it. It’s just a stupid name for a song and on the other hand you can attack someone.

OCZ: You used to rehearse in a in a house entrance room when you first started out. What it a tight squeeze? Where are you rehearsing now? How often do you rehearse together?

Cornel: In this entrance area we had more space than in our current practiceroom. We rehearse at the moment in the basement/garage of a carpenter. We meet us about 2 times a week.

OCZ: Since your inception in 2009, you've released 2 demos other demos, “Gadäsession” in 2010, and “Demo 2011”. Are they still available?

Cornel: No they are both sold out.

OCZ: Which member would make you vomit from his “Rotting Fart”?

Cornel: Hahaha, I’m not that sensitive of smells. But it would be René. ;)

OCZ: On these two demos, your songs “Rotting Fart” and “Surfin' Turd” both appeared on each release. What changes did you make to these songs from one demo to the next?

Cornel: We didn't do any big changes. We just re-recorded them, because we had enough time in the studio.

OCZ: Which release is the most praised among fans?

Cornel: I don’t know, I just know, that a lot of fans like our version of Sledgehammer Ass Disaster of the second Demo CD.

OCZ: Do you remember the moment you stepped on the stage for the first time? Were you nervous?

Cornel: Yes, it was terrible. I was nervous and did a lot of mistakes. But all in all it was a good experience. It took some time to learn to deal with it. But now I can’t get enough of it.

OCZ: One of your biggest goals you wanted to perform at Mountains of Death Open-Air, in which you have. What was your fondest memory? Reti was the main organizer, do you know the reason he no longer does the Mountains of Death Open-Air? What other fest would you like to play this year?

Cornel: The whole festival was just a fucking dream: Playing on your favorite festival with your favorite bands from around the world. It was the first time in our history some people made party in front of the stage and bought some merchandise. But on the other hand it was crazy as a total newcomer band to play before much bigger bands like Human Parasite, Wormed, Severe Torture or Gorgasm.

OCZ: Your personal preference; big fests or small pub like gigs? What venues would you like to play in Switzerland and where would you like to tour one day?

Cornel: Both are great for us. We made great experience with both kind of gigs. For me it’s easier to play small gigs: I’m closer to my other bandmates and get a better band feeling. But it’s also fucking awesome to sit above them and have a view over the whole crowd moving, dancing and having fun. In our career I would like to play venues like Z7 in Pratteln, Kiff in Aarau, Frison in Fribourg or L’usine in Geneva… there are too much to tell.

OCZ: The underground scene in Switzerland is very loyal, but has it grown larger since you began? What changes would you like to see?

Cornel: I think the scene got a lot of new young supporters during the last two years. That’s great! I think all in all it’s always awesome to play for the Swiss audience. The only small thing what I would like to see more are this fucking old-school circle pits like at Mountains of Death. Everyone who was there knows what I mean…

OCZ: What would you say are the leading bands of your sub-genre?
Cornel: I guess the biggest bands are Suffocation and Dying Fetus, they are touring around the globe all the time. Last year the most active underground bands were Cerebral Bore and Defeated Sanity. Beside them there are a lot of different bands who are very active.

OCZ: You have shirts for sale and what other merchandise available?
Cornel: We have different sorts of shirts with the Tex-Mex Ass Blast artwort and backprint, a type of hoodie with the same artwork and our current promo CD we talked about. You can order through our bigcartel-shop (www.bigcartel.clitcommander.com) or sending us an e-mail (clitcommander.sz@gmail.com).

OCZ: How has the internet assisted and failed your band?

Cornel: Untill now I just can tell you positive things about the internet thing. Because of the internet we have to reach people around the world.

OCZ: How often do you promote yourselves besides your own Facebook band page?

Cornel: It’s not constant. When we have a gig we do a lot of promotion for it and spam around and when there is nothing to tell we are more quiet.

OCZ: What do you find most stressful as a band and what do you enjoy most about it?

Cornel: For me it’s all the organization things about the gig’s and merchandise things, but I like this beside playing. I have a lot of contact with different people and after I time I learned how to I have to organize everything that it works for us. I enjoy every moment of playing, especially in front of crowd or after a longer practice break. It’s the total flash for me.


OCZ: Thanks for interview. Any last words to the maniacs out there?

Cornel: Keep it brutal and support the fucking underground! It doesn't depends on the genre. Buy records and visit shows!

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