7.15.2007

閃靈在北加重金屬雜誌Your Music Magazine的專訪

雜誌封面


專訪內文


這本雜誌是免費的,在北加州各地的唱片行、樂器行、特定的音樂表演場地擺放供樂迷索取。根據米台目的說法,Skinny Puppy 在這裡非常的受歡迎,這一期也有Skinny Puppy的專訪(放在閃靈專訪後面),但是Your Music Magazine棄Skinny Puppy而選閃靈當封面,讓他覺得很驚訝也很impressed!

-- 07/22 update --
7/19 閃靈在南灣接受記者專訪時我們有見面聊天,Freddy 說,他看到閃靈擠下他從高中就開始聽的 Skinny Puppy 上了雜誌的封面,爽呆了!
-- update 結束 --

以下為專訪全文(我一字一字打下來的喲):

CHTHONIC (pronounced “Thon-ick”) HAS BEEN CALLED THE “BLACK SABBATH OF ASIA,” AND WILL BE THE FIRST ASIAN BAND TO PLAY OZZFEST. THE MORE I LEARNED ABOUT THIS DARK, MYSTERIOUS METAL BAND, THE MORE I WANTED TO INTERVIEW THE LEFT FACE OF MARADOU, A.K.A. FREDDY LIM. I CALLED HIM ON HIS CELL AND ROUSED HIM OUT OF BED THE MORNING AFTER HIS FIRST GIG OF THE SUMMER TOUR. I SPOKE WITH HIM ABOUT OZZFEST, THE TAIWANESE METAL SCENE AND HIS PROUD HERITAGE.

MikeL: So, last night was the first show of your international tour called UNlimited?

Freddy: Yeah, I am really tired. It was at The Wall in Taipei, Taiwan. The show was packed. There were about seven hundred people. We had a very successful show yesterday we were very happy with it. We have done a lot of exercise and practice to get ready for this whole tour because it’s our first with more than ten shows.

MikeL: You’ve played in America before… where did you play?

Freddy: Metal Meltdown and Milwaukee Metal Fest.

MikeL: How did you like the American audience?

Freddy: I like them very much. They are very different than the Asian type of fan because they have a more direct reaction. When you play fast they will bang their heads, start a mosh pit, fight with each other, and shout real loud. In Asia the fans stare at you and try to learn your skills and try to learn the technique of the guitarist. So it’s quite different. In places like Taiwan, Japan, or Hong Kong the fans want to sit and watch the show, without all the interruptions. In the US, I like all the chaos in the audience. They like to fight with each other.

MikeL: Why did you name the tour UNlimited?

Freddy: In the beginning we were just supposed to play Ozzfest. Then we teamed up to tour with Nile and play more shows with them in between Ozzfest. We decide to open our schedule cause more and more cities wanted us to play, including places in Canada. So we felt it was like unlimited. We will continue to tour North America until the meeting of the United Nations starts this year. We feel it’s a good opportunity to let all the fans understand our ideas and beliefs. As an independent country, it is not fair to not let Taiwan be a member of the United Nations or part of any other National Organizations. So I feel it is a good opportunity to teach our fans about our ideas. All our songs are about Taiwan and all the concepts are about Taiwan. I don’t want to say it’s a great country, but it’s just a country like your country. It’s a normal country, we pay taxes to the government, we hate the government, we have televisions, we have the army, we have policeman, and if you want to come to Taiwan you have to apply for a visa directly from our government, just like if I want to come the US, I have to apply for a visa from your government. So it’s quite a normal country, just like the US, Canada, or Australia, so it’s not fair. We will be able to share our songs to lots of fans this time, and we want to let the fans know that it’s about much more than the music. This country is what supports us and gives us the concepts to write these songs. I don’t mean money; this country inspires us to write more stuff. And I fell it’s good cuz I can always right more and more stuff… there is no limitation for me. I have lots of inspiration from this country; legends, and ghost stories.

MikeL: The name ChthoniC is a Greek word right?

Freddy: Yes, in the beginning when we wanted to find a name for ourselves, we looked in the mythology dictionary and found Chthonic and thought it was cool. But a few months later, when we started writing songs about Taiwan we thought we should find something more meaningful and something that related more to Taiwan. But our fans like Chthonic and we got used to this name so we didn’t want to change it. It means the gods form the underworld.

MikeL: One of your tales is the Seediq Bale and it’s a Taiwanese tribe. Could you tell me about the story?

Freddy: The Seediq tribe is a kind of warrior tribe where all the men had to be trained as a warrior. In the 1930’s when Taiwan was occupied by Japan, the colonial government saw the tribe as a threat, so they brought the leader of the tribe to Tokyo and showed them modern culture and modern weapons. They showed them tanks, airplanes, and guns to try to show them and ask them not to fight against them. The Seediq tribes have tattoos on their faces to prove that they are fighting people. The Japanese government stopped them from doing that. A couple years later, the leader found out all the young people still wanted to fight with the Japanese government, and the leader told them they needed to stop fighting cuz there was no chance they could win. The main reason the leader didn’t want to fight with government was because he wanted his tribe to survive and at that moment he decided, no more tattoos, no more fighting tribe. The tribe occupied many mountains, but after the modern weapons they started to get wiped out. The women and children of the Seediq tribe decided on suicide because they wanted to let their husbands and fathers fight carelessly so that they wouldn’t have to worry about leaving their family behind. To me that is the most touching part of the story because many women and children killed themselves so that their warriors could fight. The Seediq tribe believes that the whole tribe belongs to one spirit. So eventually they would all end up together again, which helped the warriors to get over the deaths of their women and children. They have a tradition that when they are 18 years old they have to cut the head off of their enemy and then drink wine out of the neck. They believe that the enemy spirit is part of your spirit now, and that the enemy is not dead, that he will actually live in your body. I think the most important part of this history is that people need to fight for what they believe in. the Seediq people fought for their tattoos. Of course they had lots of problems between them and the colonial government, but they key point is they wanted to keep their identity. So for Taiwanese young people and the modern youth, I think it is very important to think about what it is that’s worth it to you to fight for. You can’t waste your life doing something you don’t want to do.

MikeL: Wow! So, looking ahead, what are you looking forward to most about playing the Ozzfest?

Freddy: I was a die hard fan of Ozzy Osbourne and Crazy Train was the anthem of Taiwanese young people who wanted to have a band; everybody had to practice that song. So for me to get to watch Ozzy live is one of my dreams. I am also very excited to be able to play in front of all different kinds of metal fans, and not just black metal.

5 comments:

Tiat said...

怎麼沒有順便把翻譯也打一打?

cleverCLAIRE said...

如果我不用帶小孩的話。。。

大腸 said...

>>怎麼沒有順便把翻譯也打一打?

所以說嘛~誰最機車已經很清楚了.....XD

cleverCLAIRE said...

機車大賽打到這裡來囉?!那還缺漢堡ㄟ~XD

Bichhin said...

呵呵,我其實也很想說....
我也需要翻譯耶:)
哈。(開玩笑的啦,辛苦了)