Here is another ancient interview from the Funeral Rain Zine blog. Buddhika from Plecto is the man answering the questions.
Being a band from Sri Lanka, a small island in South Asia with a rich past full of religion, war, trade, and tourism, how are you influenced by your surroundings and history?
Our music is influenced by the things that we go through and the things that we perceive. So I believe that most of the above have influenced our music one way or the other.
What is your local scene like? Are there more bands in your area that produce the same kind of music, or is Plecto an anomaly?
Plecto is an anomaly, but the depressive black metal movement seems to be picking up. We have bands like Shokaagni, Dishti and Sons of Fenrir who have released music that is in the vein of DSBM.
We might be from a small country but there’s a lot of diversity when it comes to metal, we have everything from black metal to brutal death metal in Sri Lanka and also a genre called Hela Metal which is mainly based on our cultural heritage.
What is it about the depressive side of black metal that drew you to play it, as well as listen? There are other sides to black metal that exist, so why choose depressive?
DSBM for us is a way of channeling our feelings and there was no other genre or other sub genre of black metal that could do it better.
I love black metal and as I have once stated its a genre of music that I feel, but that doesn’t mean that I stop only at black metal or even metal for that matter. I listen to almost anything that I feel is good.
You stated that you are on a local label, SLUM. How is it to work with a label that can help to distribute your music, rather than just through MySpace and the like to get your name out to the masses?
SLUM offers us a lot of flexibility. The label is in its infant stages so the release of our splits have been set back for a couple of months. But yes it feels good to know that there is a label backing us up. And for the record we will be releasing a split with Yhdarl and also a 3 way split with Necrosadik and Dark Metamorphosis in the near future via SLUM records.
What other bands are your main inspirations, and what are your inspirations outside of music? Also, what do you do outside of music? Are you painters, writers, chefs, etc.?
Musically we are influenced by the likes of Burzum, Abruptum, Stalaggh, Xasthur, I Shalt Become, Halo and Sunn O))).
What inspires us outside of music is what we see and what we go through.
I work for a bank and a radio station and I’m currently studying amongst other things.
Nightmare is a full time student but he is also involved with bands like Raaksha and Battle Axe.
Kasun is also a student but is also involved with local metal acts, Spleen Saint, LOA and is a session drummer for Funeral in Heaven.