I do not think it would be exaggeration to call Lord K Philipson the heart and soul of The Project Hate MCMXCIX. He has driven Ďthe bandí for over a decade and regardless of hardship there is still no end in sight (luckily).
Thank you for taking this time to reply to our interview.
First off, how would you describe your music to the ignorant listener who hasnít heard of you?
Lord K. > To those ignorant fools I'd say like I always say: death metal and beyond. Thing is, there's a shitload of bands that we might sound like, but there's not one single band in this world that sounds like us. We are unique, we are Domination. And it's not just empty words. Take a listen to us, devour it, try to understand it. If you do you will be mightily rewarded. If you don't... well, your time for us is just not here yet. You will open your eyes and ears eventually. There's just no other way to handle us.
The Project Hate has been a vessel for your visions in well over a decade, where do you find the inspiration to keep on driving forwards?
Lord K. > Within myself. It's real easy... No other band out there is filling the void I have when it comes to music as a whole. I must create this myself to satisfy my cravings. And I am lucky enough to be able to do this with some of the best fucken musicians I have ever heard. People so insanely talented it puts alot of people to shame. I need this, I have to create the music that is TPH. If I didn't my life would be hollow. Just like yours would be.
It is very clear that you use a lot of time and energy to realize your visions; still the band has fallen into a state of obscurity. Where do you think the reasons lie?
Lord K. > I don't think we have fallen into obscurity of any kind. We never left that state. We belong in that state. We lurk, we wait... we conquer. With music like this it's not like we will ever get world famous or receive the recognition we truly deserve. It's just not going to happen. And I never thought it would happen either, that's not why I do this. Do I feel we are overlooked? Absolutely. We should have more attention simply becoz what we do is absolutely amazing. Take a listen to us, from the first album to the last... See the evolution and what standard we have set in the world of metal. I wish more bands followed our example. We'd have so much awesome music to listen to if only that was the case...
From what I have heard and read the reception of The Project Hate is very two fold. People either praise your creations, or then they donít understand them at all. What is your view on this?
Lord K. > As long as you do not deny the actual quality of what we do, you may think whatever the fuck you want about our creation. But do not deny it. You can never please everyone, but I do my best to enlighten mankind about our supremacy. Step by step we are getting close to the goal.
Besides your enormous drive to polish every detail of your music, you also take great pride in interacting with your fans. Do you see this as the lifeblood of TPH?
Lord K. > Interacting is not the lifeblood of TPH, my drive is. And the fact I have these marvelous people to help me realize my egomaniacal vision. But interacting with the ones who support us is very, very important. I take huge pride in answering every little question they might have. I make sure I am available to the Haters-. I know I would appreciate that if someone from one of my fave bands or whatever actually gave a shit about the ones supporting them. I have been doing this for so long... I have been running fanzines back in the late 80's/early 90's, I have tapetraded, I have sent letters to hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of bands to show them my support. The way I treat the ones who give a fuck about what we do is the way I wish bands should have run their course back in the day. Then again, it's so much easier to do this today with the technology that we have than it was back in the day. If it makes someone's day that I reply to a mail they sent... Man, that's the least I can fucken do to show them how much their support truly means to me. More now than ever considering the Haters made this new album come alive. It wouldn't have happened without them. That's proof right there that there are intelligent lifeforms on this earth after all. And I salute them.
Speaking of the fan interaction, your upcoming release was completely financed by fan donations, so clearly you have quite the following. What were the factors that made you succeed with this experiment?
Lord K. > Loyalty. When I first thought about this I didn't think it would work. Eventually, after getting quite some feedback I thought "- well, fuck... this might even work. That's insanity right there". This is what I mean, some people obviously cherish what I do with TPH and want to see a continuance of it. That is my reward, even if I would do this no matter what. Without their contributions I would never be able to present it as I want it to though. I can't invest this kind of money myself, I'm not fucken rich. To get that support from the Haters is the most valuable thing I have experienced in my musical career. The new album is soon done, all thanks to them. If you wanna hear it I suggest you go to our website and devour the information as for how to obtain it. And trust me, this you wanna hear.
Personally I have great regard for your solution and courage to get out of the industry and release something Ďfor the fansí. What kind of feedback have you received regarding the donation experiment?
Lord K. > Obviously the feedback's been great. I haven't heard one single person say that I am begging for money or anything like that. I think I made it perfectly clear what was going on, and that's why people understand it so well. What it all comes down to is that without these donations (and continuous donations) this would not be a reality. I have had it with record labels and the way they run their shit. I am tired of the business when it comes to that. I want no part of it anymore. This also means that another funding from the fans will be in order to have another TPH album created. Will that be a reality as well, like this Experiment was a success? Like the first time, I have no idea. The future will have the answer to that one, I guess.
The music industry has been in a state of turmoil and unable to adapt to this internet age. While the battle against online piracy has been like fighting windmills, how do you see that bands and labels will get through the crisis and re-emerge?
Lord K. > I don't know if they will and seriously - I don't give a flying fuck. I seriously don't care about it anymore.
Looking back at TPH track record with Record companies you havenít precisely had much luck. What would it take for you to go back to releasing your compositions for a label?
Lord K. > I'm not signing another contract. That's how it feels right now anyways. I mean, what's the point? To have a physical CD? Print it yourself. None of the labels have taken advantage of what they have had on their hands when they signed us. They could all have done so much more. It looks like this Internet thing is killing the business as far as record labels go. That's obvious. But they could have adapted so much earlier instead of trying to fight it since it's a war they will never win. There's no use for a label to sign us if they don't understand what to do with us. We sell a couple of thousand albums, tops. What's the fucken point? People don't buy records anymore. It's in the past. It's sad as fuck, but it is what t is and I can't be arsed to be a part of the industry of record labels, as mentioned. At least not in the same form as in the past. Destroy, erase, improve as Meshuggah would have put it.
How would you describe the journey of TPH from start to end? Are you still on the same track you saw in front of you back in 1998 when recording TPH for the first time?
Lord K. > I'm on the same path a hundred percent. The only difference now compared to the past is that I am on a completely different level on all accounts. The possibilities for what I can do are endless when it comes to music and people to work with. I am truly one fucken lucky individual to be able to do this the way I do it.
You have had a chance to work together with numerous great musicians during your career. Is there still anyone out there that you would like to work with?
Lord K. > Plenty. Some of them will never become a reality, but I'd be fucked if I didn't try. They day I get Liam Howlett and Vanessa Carlton to work on something with me - well, I guess I could call it a day then. But the fact I have been able to have some of my fave artists with me in some form during these years is just... insanity. I have completed far more goals than most people even set up in their lives.
Are there plans concerning TPH past the coming The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda, or are you for now only focusing on the completing album number 9?
Lord K. > After this one it's time to step up yet another notch and create something that blows TCRA" out of the water. I have no fuck idea how that is going to be even possible considering what this album is, but hey... this is what keeps me moving forwards. I like a challenge. I embrace a challenge. And I love to push myself to the absolute limit.
Thank you again for your patience and your answers. Do you have any last wishes to our readers?
Lord K. > First off I wanna thank you for giving a shit about what we do with TPH. Second of all I wanna thank all of the people who have donated to make "TCRA" come alive. That's all that matters at this point.