Good day to you sir, hope the summer has been good for you in all aspects of chicks and creation.
T.I.C. > And a good time of the day to you, dear text on my screen. Your hopes are correct.
First off I really want an explanation on this weird-ass name "Ilohuasca"?
T.I.C. > Well, it’s a combination of two words from two different languages; ”ilo”, meaning joy in Finnish, and ”huasca”, from the Quechua word ”Ayahuasca”, for a plant-medicine found in South-America that indigenous tribes use for healing and visions. The concoction contains a MAO-inhibiter and DMT (dimethyltryptamine), a naturally occurring psychoactive compound that is also found endogenously in humans. Some analysis suggests that DMT is related to (or causes) dreams and is associated with near death-experiences. ”Ayahuasca” translates to ”vine of the souls”, so basically ”Ilohuasca” just means ”the Joy-vine of the Souls”, or as we like to think, ”the Joy-vine of Dreams”...
To cut the chase, you're stuff is among the craziest I've laid my half-deaf ears on... however, how would you describe your music?
T.I.C. > We’ll let a memory of a sentence describe the music; ” the language of emotion”. We don’t think music has instigated enough variety in emotions in people for a while. We aspire to let our music go where it needs to go. If the emotion that needs to be experienced by the listener is excitement, or sorrow, or fear, or love or insanity or bliss, the music will try to make that happen. Our music is one language of emotion, and our lyrics are one language of thought. So basically it’s an encyclopedia.
What ignited the spark for you to start creating this weird stuff?
T.I.C. > It was a combination of getting bored and being destined to. Or in the atheistic sense, ”for no reason”.
How do you see the musical evolution of yourself?
T.I.C. > It’s a humbling learning process. Growing, like plants. Or cancer. Or up. We started out with crying and screaming, then yelling and banging things, then singing, then singing with actual words, then playing the guitar while singing actual words, then playing the guitar while singing, then playing the guitar in front of a microphone that’s connected to a computer... you can deduce the rest, we suppose. The music expands as our minds expand, with each experience in our lives.
On that note, where do you draw your inspiration from?
T.I.C. > You know, around... around... around it goes. Like our toes, whee! We don’t feel like we draw it from anywhere. It’s more like it just comes as a wave and needs to be expressed. It doesn’t feel like we could ignore it even if we wanted to. So it’s forced labour, really.
Ha, just kidding! Anything and everything can inspire. It’s just a matter of being open to it. We make a conscious choice of being open, so it flows right through us.
On your album I heard hints of U.S.A. based saxophonist/Composer John Zorn, have you listened to his material?
T.I.C. > We are unfortunate in never hearing the name of this person before, but fortunate in hearing it from you. We shall check it out. Thanks for the tip!
Are there any musicians who have provided major influenses for your music?
T.I.C. > We’re sure there are. Most of it is probably subconscious though. The ones we’re aware of are people like George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Alex Grey, Alexander Shulgin, Maynard James Keenan, A.W. Yrjänä and Justin Bieber.
There were some featured artists on your release "Unenluoja", how did these come about?
T.I.C. > Well, it’s not like one person could be enough to express all of the given waves of inspiration by itself. Ilohuasca is very happy to personally know several individuals with amazing levels of creativity and evolved personalities. We hope to expand this amount of individuals to it’s fullest in the future, until there comes a point where the individual is not just a name, but part of a whole. Music unites everyone. Everyone has sung. Everyone should sing. We’re willing to give our name to anyone who would.
Is there anyone you would really want to work with in the future?
T.I.C. > Literally everyone. Everyone has a voice. Except for the mutes. But they can clap!
How does the future look for Ilohuasca?
T.I.C. > We are currently in the works of finalising the second album, ”Heaven on Earth”, due for release on the seventh of the seventh, two thousand and twelve. After this, Ilohuasca will jump to a whole new level of expression in the form of performing in a few events in Oulu, Finland. We plan to make our live performances as... weird... as the music, and the planning is well ahead. There has also been some talk of something including video, but this is still unconfirmed. Top secret. You know. But you shouldn’t.
Thanks for your time and effort!
T.I.C. > And a joyful summer to you, mr. and mrs. Text!