A Chat with Mirg (Vulturium Memoriae)

by Teo


SL: Hello Mirg, welcome to “The Somber Lane” blog. Thanks a lot for giving us the chance for this interview!
First of all could you please introduce yourself and your project to who still hasn’t heard about you?

M: Thank you for your interest.
So, there’s not much to say about it, to be honest. Vulturium Memoriae is a project created in 2006, for the need to dig as much as possible in my most intimate identity. Disconnect the social’s eyes, drive them away, to reuse those eyes of the soul. Nothing more and nothing less.

SL: Your latest work, “Nato per ragioni ignote” is definitely an unusual but interesting record. How would you describe the uniqueness of your sound?
Is there a concept behind the songs?

M: I don’t think to have a “unique sound”, there’s so many influences in the album, derived from darkwave, black metal, ambient, shoegaze and doom. I can give you some names: Hjarnidaudi, Xasthur, Lurker Of Chalice, The Cure, Christian Death,  Nadja, Cocteau Twins, Lycia, Be Forest, Brian Eno, Harold Budd and Thergothon.

More than a “concept”, I think that the album has a specific and symbolic meaning. Just like I said in the first answer: the elimination of the concept of subject. The detachment of the self, to reclaim and deepen the ego. Being in our own past, present and future at the same time.

SL: Where do you draw inspiration from when you’re writing your music?

M: Honestly, i don’t know.
The music comes out alone.

SL: Well, believe it or not, you’re the first one that give me such an answer. 😉
Anyway your album has been released via Avantgarde Music (which is definitely one of the best Italian Underground label), how did you come up working with this label? Are you satisfied of the way they’re taking care of your record?

aM: Yeah, I’m satisfied. You know, I’m on debut with Vulturium Memoriae and “out of genre” for the black metal scene, but everyday there’s some little growth of interest about my music. I’m curious to see what will happen in the future.

I’m honoured to be part of AV catalog, I grew up with so many releases from this label.
Some of my favorite bands are released by Roberto, like Shining, Katatonia, Mayhem and others legendary names, and he still produce very good names like Earth And Pillars, Arcana Coelestia, N.K.V.D, Nahar etc…

But the best gift that I received from this label are these words from Roberto himself : “This is the record that I always wanted to compose”.
It still remain the best review for Vulturium Memoriae.
I don’t think it’s so easy to impress so much a  great person who has contributed to launch big names in the extreme music world scene in the last 20 years.

SL: What do you think about today’s music business?
Are you interested in being a part of it, or do you prefer keeping your music an underground “stuff”?

M: I’m following a lot of new stuff, but I don’t think I’m interested in having an opinion about. I purchase records and I listen to them, but I’m not very interested in anything else.
They aren’t my business. The only thing I can say is that there are more bands than actual listeners, this has to be clarified and, I believe, it’s a peculiarity of this historical period.

I don’t know what it means to be part of the music business, as I don’t know what it means to be a part of the underground, because it doesn’t exist. Here in Italy at least.

Of course, for obvious reasons, if the music I play, could become an economic help in my life, I won’t refuse that, of course, but I do not think I have enough talent, nor the right kind of music for a similar claim.

So, It’s ok for me now, with its small growths.

SL: Since you’ve mentioned that, why do you think that in Italy there isn’t an actual underground scene?

This isn’t a personal opinion, this is reality, that’s it. There’s no “chosen” or “processed” reason by me, but it’s chosen by the lack of dedication, thoughtfulness and cultural interest of many people. This isn’t a topic that I want to talk about anymore, I’ve talked too much about it in previous interviews. I would like to look beyond, once for all.

SL: Do you have any side project beside Vulturium Memoriae?
And what do you do in your everyday life if music isn’t your actual job?

M: Yes, I’ve got a black metal/ambient project named Macabre Enslaver.
And I’ve got a normal job, but i don’t want to talk about my private life, I don’t think that is so interesting.

SL: We have come to the end of the interview.
But before we wrap this up if you have anything to add, something you’d like to say to your fans and our readers this space is all yours.
Thanks for your time.

M: No, i don’t have anything to add.
Thank you for the space.


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