Infecting Cells is proud to announce a premiere interview with this one man music project “A Pregnant Light”, which can take so many different shapes and forms, brutal and melodic, full of feeling and nostalgic, and worth listening every single, Ep and full length he has released. Enjoy…
1. – Mighty hails Damian! Thanks for the interview. I personally admire your work very much.
Thank you so much for asking me to do this. I’m always happy to talk to people who enjoy my work. It means so much, it really does. So, thank you first and foremost.
2.- Please define A Pregnant Light´s genre, because after listening to it, i feel it draws influence from so many styles, a healthy blend ofblack metal, thrash metal, melodic, clean guitars, even some hardcore lines. very impressive…
Well, I think you’re right on with your description. It has all of those elements. Broken Play definitely had some thrash elements, but I don’t know if I will return to that. It was something that was in my system, I worked it out and it’s on to the next thing. The music is really dense and layered, but not in a way that a tech-metal band would be. I look at guitar like a symphony. That influence comes from Johnny Marr. I want all the guitar parts to ring out and occupy different registers. I like melody and countermelodies that play at the same time. It’s very busy but I take a lot of care to make it all work and be listenable.

I try to write songs that stick with you. It’s not guitar-heroics for the sake of showing how good or interesting I can be. I take a lot of influence from non-metal music. I love a lot of modern rap. I don’t care much for the “classic stuff” from the 80s, 90s and up to 2000. When it comes to punk and hardcore, I want 80s and 90s, when it comes to rap, I want everything as current as possible. The new stuff is what inspires me. I am a metalpunk musician. Forever. I just don’t think that playing within those confines of influence creates compelling art. I think you should be inspired by things outside your sphere and bring that to the metalpunk world. I love a lot of indie rock, and really caustic Japanese and Swedish hardcore as well.

So, as that relates to how APL sounds… I think it’s a unique band. I never set out to be unique, I just set out to be myself. I’m not ever going to speak on another band / man / whoever, but I just see a lot of stuff that doesn’t drive the sonics or aesthetic of a culture. I got a really nice compliment this year from a friend. He is not really into the music, but he said to me, “You create your own world, like Robert Smith or Trent Reznor.” That’s true. APL has it’s own universe. Its own language and style. I write love songs. I think that’s a much different spin than most musicians in the sphere I live in. Everything is intensely personal. Everything has a weight of spirituality to it as well. APL is one of those bands that you either get it, and love it – or you don’t and you hate it. I don’t think I have very many casual fans. That’s nice, actually. But to try and circle back to your question… how does it sound. Well, I think you have to be looking for APL to hear it. You have to have an open heart. You have to take it all in. It sounds like me. I’m just a dude. It’s a solo thing, so if you like the music, you’ll like me. If you don’t like the music, you’ll definitely hate me. I can’t really say another band that it sounds like, I know that sounds conceited, so – feel free, dear reader of this interview, to listen to it and tell me what YOU think it sounds like.

3.- Is there a chance there will be a live performance one day? We already know you’re a multi instrumental mastermind, but just to know if there is a possibility.
Thank you for the really nice words. I’m always trying to get better. My secret love affair is with the bass. I don’t enjoy a single minute of writing or recording music, except for bass. Bass is so enjoyable to me. She’s my secret girlfriend, don’t tell my guitars. I’ve been discussing this with a few people, the possibility of a live performance. It’s going to happen. I hope one day soon. I really do think it’s in the future for APL. It’s been too long. Go to bed tonight knowing I’m working on it. I’ll come to the wonderful country of Mexico. I have such a deep love for that place, the people and culture.
4.- So much music in so little time, Full length´s, Ep´s, song after song, what inspires you the most?
I get a lot of people that tell me I put out a lot of music. I guess I do? It’s just what I do. It’s all I care about doing. I find really intense meaning in making music. It’s not easy. It’s really hard. Especially when you do it as much as I do. It’s hard to not repeat yourself. It’s a challenge to push yourself constantly. There is so much music because I’m always challenging myself. My inspirations in making the music… well, those are on display in the music. The emotional reasons behind making the music. Those are for the listener to hear and interpret. As for the actual act of making and putting out the music… I just want something to listen to. I make the music that I want to hear. I’m very pleased with my music when I release it, but when I start the process again, I always want to break through that last place. I want to excel and become better and better. I’m in a competition with myself.
5.- How did the name “A pregnant light” come to be?
I used to not answer this question, but as time goes on, I’ve started telling people what it means at least to me. If you have your own idea or interpretation of the name. I hate to cloud that. But to me, it’s about sort of mixing the divine and the feminine. The word “pregnant” is a really strong, feminine word that evokes a lot of strong feelings and emotions. It’s to carry a life inside of you. You can extrapolate the metaphor from there. I liked that it was feminine, since the music is hyper-masculine. It is pretty and has very soft elements at times, but no one would mistake it for being feminine.

It’s funny just to see how the landscape has changed in the last 10 years. When I started, people used to all APL “girlfriend metal,” meaning metal that you could play for your girlfriend who presumably didn’t like Devourment or whatever. Or people used to use “pussy” or whatever as a pejorative term, somehow implying that I wasn’t tough enough or something. This has never been up for debate for anyone who knows me. I’m definitely 108% a man. And the music is music made by me, a man, but often fixates on women. In a very positive way. I write love songs. So it was interesting to initially be called a wuss or girly or pretty-boy metal, only to have the seas in gender roles and gender as a whole really change to an aggressively pro-women culture. At least that’s how the little metal underground is. Listen, I’m all for inclusion, always have been. And I’m happy that more women are represented now in metal and punk than ever before. I took on the name because I wanted to make manly music that showed I wasn’t afraid of the feminine. Girls aren’t some victims in a Cannibal Corpse song to me. Nor are women objects of mindless slut-fucking that occurs in like, speed metal or something. I wanted to have a more fair assessment. However, now I’m thinking of Sweet Baby Metal Slut by Abigail, and I definitely am going to listen to that tonight. I might follow it up with some Sextrash or Power From Hell for good measure. And of course, the “light” in A Pregnant Light… well, let’s leave that to be mystical for now. I like a little mystery. There is a reason, and it ties into the other things I was talking about.

6.- How did the craziness of 2020 affect your projects?
To get it out of the way straight, I’m sorry for anyone who had a rough time in 2020 emotionally, physically or financially. I personally will look back on the year fondly. I was able to really harness and focus for long stretches of time and begin to elevate what I’m doing. I could spend 40+ hours a week in the studio learning how to better use the studio as a tool. It was a time that was free from any sort of distraction as everything was shut down. I saw a lot of people complaining about not being able to feel creative in the midst of the chaos, but for me, creativity and productivity come from simply doing it every day. I think so many people sit down and expect to just write a good song. Or, they wait until they’re inspired.

For me, it’s work. The good stuff almost always comes when I’m not inspired. When I’m tired, frustrated, or I just want to zone out. That’s when I find myself digging deep to get something. So, having unfettered access to time and no external pressures to do anything outside of the studio, it was a really beneficial time for me. I was able to stockpile a lot of music that has yet to be released. It was also a time where I had the phone line. For those who don’t know, I had a USA toll-free phone line where I wrote and recorded one song a month. It was only available on the phone line for that month and then it went away. So, I was on a schedule to be forced to have one good listenable song at a minimum per month. Of course, I ended up with way more than that. Creativity is a muscle. You hear people say that. It’s true. Some days you walk away with no song, no words, nothing at all, but the next day something always comes. It’s about being disciplined. So, I don’t know. People spent a lot of time worried and stressed out, I get it. I just saw the opportunity and wanted to walk away with a lot of bullets in the chamber. I released a lot of music, and have even more put away, and most importantly, I learned a lot. You’ll see a real jump in the production level of APL stuff that’s coming out. Even from the January phone line song to December. It’s night and day. 2020 was good for me. I don’t mind chaos. I’m sorry for anyone who lost a loved one, or a job or had their safety at risk. I managed to dodge those bullets, and better myself. I’ve been lucky all my life.

7.- Thank you very much for your time, any last words for your followers?
Thank you very much for reading this. I’ll be releasing a compilation of all the phone line songs very soon. It’s going to be called “Kiss Me Thru The Phone.” Be on the lookout for that. Thank you for listening. Thank you for caring. If you’re one of the few who gets APL and understands it, you’re special. It’s not for everyone. Visions are only for those who can see them. If you see the vision, thank you. Join the Lilajugend.
8.- A Future Panther?
This is a story that’s funny only to me perhaps. So, I started getting tattoos on top of my tattoos since I was running out of space. My left arm is two layers of tattoos. Not a cover up. Just a second layer. It’s very trashy, but that’s okay. Many of my friends are tattooers, so whenever I would get a new tattoo on fresh skin, they’d ask me what I thought, and I’d say “it’s a great future panther.” Since a panther tattoo is solid black and would cover any other tattoo. So, of course this joke that I made is extrapolated, dare I say, artfully, into a metaphor for the song. About how the things we live through in our lives, they don’t ever really cover up, they just become a second layer. There is no point in trying to cover. Just blast over with something new. Interestingly, the only panther tattoo I have is on the inside of my right arm. Her name is Katie and she has one gold tooth.
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Thank you so much.