Interview: TerraTerra


TerraTerra is an instrumental post-metal one-man band from Russia founded in 2015 by multi-instrumentalist Ayli K. In January he put out his debut self-titled album and he spoke for Metal Horizons about it.
Hey Ayli. How are you doing?
Hello. I’m actually fine, thank you!
You released a self-titled debut album with your project TerraTerra recently. How do you feel about the release?
I feel a little desolated because it was a very long way and really hard work. But I’m happy to have my album out on digital stores and to tell the world about it.
How much of a challenge was to work on the release?
It was a great challenge actually. The biggest part of my musical way I’ve been a vocalist – not instrumentalist. And making instrumental record was quite a challenge – I had to work on my skills and there were few times when I wanted to give up but inside I had a feeling that I must finish the record by all means. And so, here I am.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Russia are you friends with?
Well, I have many friends. But my friends-musicians are mostly the guys I work with in other bands like STVORE and Freaky Mind. I don’t have close friends who play instrumental metal.

What is your opinion about the current post-rock/metal scene?
I have a feeling that it’s expanding. I think post-metal and post-rock today absorb some other musical styles and mutate in that way. That’s cool, it feels like natural process and I like it.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Everything and nothing. There are many kinds of music I actually like but I can’t say that there is something that influenced me the most. I believe that all the things I listen to leave prints in my soul and change me. And I begin to write music differently. But I can’t capture the moment when it happens.
What are you listening to these days?
Fear Factory, Alcest, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend. And my friend recommended me to check Mnemic. Their album “Sons Of The System” (2010) is good.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Five? It’s a torture! :D I don’t know! Let it be “Songs Of Faith And Devotion” by Depeche Mode, “Mutter” by Rammstein, “Total” by Seigmen, “…And Justice For All” by Metallica, “Destroy, Erase, Improve” by Meshuggah. But tomorrow the list will change for sure!
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you used to record “TerraTerra”?
No big titles! All guitar parts I recorded with my SGR C-7. Bass parts made with Ibanez BTB-675. Drums are programmed (sorry!). :D
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
To make another one! I’m already working on it.
Any words for the potential new fans?

Welcome to my world, guys! Thank you for choosing TerraTerra and your support! It’s only a beginning.
"TerraTerra" is available from Bandcamp.
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