We had the opportunity to interview up & coming artist, Suicide Panda. Hailing from the “Nether-Realm” Suicide Panda defines himself as a “Experimental Industrial Deathmetal Electronic Terror Artist.” Needless to say, he has a unique approach to his overall style & music. Get to know him more in our interview below:
Billionaires – What’s the symbolism behind your production name, “Suicide Panda” & how did you come up with the name?
Suicide Panda – I’m asked this quite a bit. The name symbolizes whatever you want it to be. It’s something that I want people to hear and say “wtf?” or laugh, which in turn helps people to remember the name better. A close friend of mine started taking me to local electronic music shows. I would always see people with names that incorporated some kind of animal or something goofy and fun in the name. I remember one show in particular while in my home town of San Antonio. I was watching Chris Marshall (Crizzly) perform at a little hole in the wall club with “Ghost Pizza”. Seeing names like Ghost Pizza and such made want have a fun name that people would be thrown off by.
B – Looking at your Facebook page, you describe yourself as a “Experimental Industrial Deathmetal Electronic Terror Artist,” which is a pretty epic description. Can you tell us a little bit about the overall style of your music & how you tie all of these elements together to become and Experimental Industrial Deathmetal Electronic Terror Artist?
S – I try my best to keep an open mind to music as a whole. With that said, I take elements from other genre of music, mostly the ones I listen to frequently. I’m an avid listener of industrial music, so I love dark ambience and undertones. I used to perform in the deathmetal scene playing guitar, vocals/singing & being a frontman. I started fusing the styles together and experimenting with different sounds. No matter what genre of music I create, it will always have some kind of dark brutality.
B – Who are some artists that you draw inspiration from?
S – I do my best keep an open mind to all forms of music and art. I follow Trent Reznor quite a bit. I would have to say that he is one of my biggest, if not THE biggest inspiration for me musically. I remember listening to Nine Inch Nails while I would draw anime like Dragon Ball Z in my room while watching Toonami or while playing video games. A close family member that was suffering from drug addiction introduced me to Nine Inch Nails. Listening to the music reminds me of that time period in my life and those thoughts help me push forward in my life as a person. I’m also an avid gamer and computer nerd so I also draw elements of music I hear in games like Quake, Diablo, Mario, etc., and incorporate them into my music. The inspiration that pushed me over the edge and start performing was Slipknot. Their music was very raw & aggressive which I loved.
B – What / who initially got you into electronic music?
S – A close friend of mine was always talking about how electronic music was the future of music. He would always show me the music he composed on his computer. I started to experiment with the software he was using. At first, it was extremely difficult for me to grasp the concept. I was so overwhelmed, but I eventually figured it out.
B – What are your goals for your music career?
S – I have this insatiable desire to become one of the most influential musicians in world. I’m not after any fame or vast fortune. I don’t mind people knowing who I am or making enough money to live comfortably. As long as my audience continues to listen and love my music and I have the resources to continue providing it for them, what more could I ask for?
Check out one of Suicide Panda’s recent sets below: